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Computer Applications Courses offered at NICC

CA 099 Keyboarding (non-credit)

In this course computer software will be utilized to introduce the student to the keyboard using timed writing and numeric keypad practice. Students who have little or no expertise in keyboarding should take this class. (1-hour lecture; 2-hour lab per week).

CA 104 Introduction to Computers (3)

This course introduces the student to computer literacy. This course is designed to expose students to the history, theory, structure, terminology, social issues, and basic use of computers and networks today. Students will gain an understanding of computer technology, computer hardware components, peripherals, networks, software, and basic use of the computer as a productive tool. Students will also be introduced to the use of a popular productivity software suite, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software, as well as basic use of the Internet, the College's Intranet, and E- mail. Prerequisite: CA 099 dependent on placement testing.

CA 120: Introduction to Productivity Software (3 Credits) (Gen. Ed. Requirement)

Students will become acquainted with the different types and applications of spreadsheet software, presentation software, and publishing software. Students will learn to create and revise spreadsheets and obtain a basic understanding of simple column and row tabulations, developing charts and using a variety of designs, fonts and appearances. Students will learn to create slideshows and obtain a basic understanding of using different design layouts and basic effects. Students will learn to use publisher software to develop letterheads, greeting cards, posters and flyers and newsprint and students will understand the various applications for publisher software. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 099

CA 160: Productivity Software II (3 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce the student to basic through advanced database and computer presentation concepts and skills using a combination of a popular database and computer presentation software. Students will learn to design, create, manipulate, and print professional computer presentations, databases, and queries including documents, worksheets, workbooks, charts, graphs, and graphics. Throughout the course special emphasis will be placed on mail merger, formula creation, keyboard short cuts, manipulation of the software environment, and the integration of database documents/files and computer presentations with other files types and software applications. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 120.

CA 210: Project Management (3 credits)

Formerly TLS 210 Project Management (3) Project Management is the discipline of defining and managing the vision, tasks, and resources required to complete a project. This course provides an introduction to the project management process, resource management (time, money and people), quality control, communications and risk using and identifying popular project management software. Project Manager suites will be used to learn to develop strategic planning, work plans, calendaring, and data compilation for reports. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 120.

CA 215: Networking (3 credits)

Formerly TLS 215 Networking Essentials I (3) The fundamentals of data communications, local area networking (LAN) and wide area networking (WAN) are described and discussed. Topics include network services, terminology, Physical Layer components, protocols, the OSI model, Architecture Standards and WAN technologies. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 120.

CA 220: Database Management Software (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce the student to basic through advanced database concepts and skills using popular database software. Students will learn to design, create, manipulate, and print professional computer presentations, databases, and queries including documents, worksheets, workbooks, charts, graphs, and graphics. Throughout the course special emphasis will be placed on mail merger, formula creation, keyboard short cuts, manipulation of the software environment, and the integration of database documents/files and computer presentations with other files types and software applications. Prerequisite: CA: 104 and 120

CA 230: Trouble shooting and maintenance (3 credits)

Formerly TLS 230 PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance (3) This course is designed to introduce the student to PC troubleshooting skills. Students will build a Personal Computer (PC) from start to finish, including bench testing. Through this process students will learn the major types of processors, hardware cards, motherboards, memory, drives, cables, and fans/heat sinks that constitute most PCs, diagnose common PC hardware problems utilizing a Basic Input/output Subsystem (BIOS), and install new hardware and an operating system. Prerequisite: CA 105 and 120. (Fee may apply for hardware/software cost.)

CA 240: Web Design (3 Credits)

Formerly TLS 240 Web Design I (3) This course introduces students to the process of creating a Web site, with an overview of organizational issues, marketing concerns, navigation, typography on the Web, and other design considerations. It uses industry-standard imaging software and graphical interface-based Web design software such as Microsoft FrontPage & Adobe Photoshop. The course uses lectures, software demonstrations, exploration and analysis of existing Web sites, hands-on exercises, and projects to enable students to acquire the basic skills and knowledge to create Web pages for the World Wide Web. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 120.

CA 242: Introduction to Computer Age Graphic Design (3 credits)

The course is an introduction to computer design programs and their use in graphic design and fine arts applications. Students will explore the use of Adobe Photoshop and use it for personal artwork and modern design applications. This course will teach skills useful for graphic designers/illustrators in the advertising agency field or offset printing industry, silkscreen industry, and sign making production. Hands on instruction takes students through the steps needed to provide finished printing materials. Major topics include elements of visual form, typography, combining words and images and basic design.

CA 250: Advanced Website Design (3 credits)

Formerly TLS 250 Web Design II (3) This course introduces the fundamentals of interactive design theories and their applications to web design. Students will integrate design principles, image creation, text, video, sound and simple animations to create dynamic websites. The course will emphasize use of multimedia to achieve specific communication goals for a client. Scripting and storyboarding will be introduced as part of the design process. Students will produce an interactive multimedia web site that demonstrates their use of the basic concepts and principles of interactive design. Prerequisite: CA 104 and 120.

CA 289 Special Topics

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CA 299 Computer Applications Internship (3 credits) formerly TLS 299 – Practicum (3

Employers have put increasing emphasis on selecting students who have work experience. By participating in an internship program, students gain valuable experience in an area that they may be considering as a career field. Internships also help students narrow their career interest more precisely. An internship is a supervised work experience, normally under conditions of paid employment which integrate significant activities in the real computer-based world with theories and principles learned in the classroom.