Electronic Technology Microcomputer – Certificate

With this certificate, employment opportunities would include PC repair, staffing for help desk for a software manufacturer, PC service desk and retail sales.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 43
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.


Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 160 Programming in Visual Basic.NET 3 CIS 095* and MAT 020* or higher

This course introduces students to principles and concepts of programming in a Windows® environment using the Visual Basic.NET programming language. Students learn to develop business applications by designing and creating a user interface and writing the necessary procedures using both structured and object-oriented design. Topics covered include objects, variables, menus, arrays, file input/output, OLE methods, and debugging. Recommended computer programming majors take CIS 158 prior to this course.

CIS 170 Programming in C++ 3 CIS 095* and MAT 033* or higher

(SAME AS CPS 177) Students study digital computing systems and how they are used to solve problems. Students use procedural and object-oriented programming capabilities to design, develop, and test computer programs. Topics covered include program development, functions, control structures, text file operations, classes, recursion, arrays and pointers.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 105 Microsoft® Windows® Workshop 1

(FORMERLY CIS 012) This course provides a basic introduction to Microsoft® Windows®. The fundamentals of Microsoft Windows will be covered which include the start menu, desktop, launching an application program and using help and support. File and folder management, control panel and using the taskbar will be introduced.

CIS 106 Operating System: UNIX 1

(FORMERLY CIS 013) This course is an overview of the UNIX operating system, commands, batch files and other basic topics. Typing ability is necessary to be successful in this course.

CIS 107 Microsoft® DOS® Workshop 1

(FORMERLY CIS 016) Learn the IBM® (or equivalent) personal computer and its components. This course covers the operating systems background, Disk Operating System (DOS®) commands, tree structure, EDLIN, Microsoft® – DOS®.

CIS 174 PC Repair/A+ Hardware Component 3

Course covers basic computer theory, logic, technological evolution, fundamental PC components, I/O peripheral identification, implementation, functionality, and printer fundamentals/types/diagnostics/troubleshooting/basic repair.

CIS 175 PC Repair/A+ Software Component 3 CIS 174

Students gain familiarization with basic DOS functionality and manipulation for diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair with Windows® O/S. Installation, configuration, troubleshooting, diagnostics, upgrade familiarity with necessary Microsoft® product for A+ certification.

CIS 176 A+ Certification Exam Preparation 1 CIS 175

Focus on A+ core exam module component essentials/fundamentals, includes real-time test environment and materials.

CNS 101 Network Fundamentals/Network+ 4

This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It is the first of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The course materials will assist in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. It also helps prepare the student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

ELT 120 Circuit Analysis I 4 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Students examine the fundamental concepts of DC circuits including electricity and magnetism, resistance, capacitance, inductance, series and parallel circuits, power and basic electrical measurements.

ELT 126 Circuit Analysis II 4 ELT 120

A study of alternating electrical current is presented. Topics include AC measurements, resistance, inductance and capacitance in AC circuits.

ELT 130 Electronics I 4 ELT 126

Study of electronic devices including diodes, bipolar and field effect transistors, integrated circuits, and other semiconductor devices; their parameters, nomenclature, characteristics, and application to practical circuitry.

ELT 140 Introduction to Digital Electronics 4 ENG 085 and MAT 020* or higher

This course is the beginning course in digital electronics. Topics include number systems, Boolean algebra, and basic logic gates and circuits.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Enhance computer knowledge. Course covers computer system concepts with an emphasis on several software applications. Typing ability necessary to be successful in this class.

CIS 201 Advanced Information Technologies 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and CIS 101*

(SAME AS ECM 201) This course enhances electronic communication skills and computer concepts essential to using current advanced information technologies. Topics include web collaboration, web conferencing, web 2.0 applications, social media, mobile computing, file conversions and cross-platform compatibility.