Information Technology

Computer and Information Technologies Specialist

Certificate

The Computer and Information Technologies Specialist program is designed to provide a student with in depth knowledge and skills necessary for today's fast-paced, ever-changing world of Information Technology (IT). Students are exposed to a variety of business productivity software for spreadsheets and database management systems, as well as developmental and graphical design software for tasks such as photo editing, web design, and programming.

The program further expands on IT comprehension and abilities in the networking and operating systems areas, while being exposed to computer virtualization. While most credit hours obtained through this certificate transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist, all credit hours will transfer to the Associate of Applied Science for Computer Specialist and the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Computer and Network Specialist

Certificate

The Computer and Network Specialist program prepares students with the necessary skills to excel in a variety of Information Technology environments. Students gain advanced skills and knowledge in some of today's dominating business applications, as well as proficiency in networking and operating systems skills, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. All credit hours earned through this certificate transfer to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist and Computer Specialist. They also transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Computer Applications Specialist

Certificate

The Computer Applications Specialist program prepares students to meet the demand for advanced skills and knowledge in some of today's leading business applications. Students completing this certificate are equipped with comprehensive abilities in business productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and database management systems. They also finish the program with extensive experience in the use of multimedia software for tasks such as digital publishing and photo editing. All credit hours earned in this program transfer to the Computer and Information Technologies Certificate and the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist.

Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Specialist

Certificate

This hands-on Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Program offers practical experience in a wide array of information cybersecurity and digital forensics situations that are applicable to the real world. The student will be exposed to everything from how to properly conduct an assessment, and secure and document a network. In addition, the student will learn how to establish a proper chain of custody that is admissible in a court of law when recovering files from intentionally damaged media.

This certificate will prepare students for a career in cybersecurity or digital forensics. It will prepare students to get certified by CompTIA and various organizations in the digital forensics field. This certificate will allow the student to transfer all the credit hours to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Digital Forensics Specialist.

Multimedia Specialist

Certificate

The Multimedia Specialist Certificate is intended for students who are interested in the multimedia side of technology. In addition to gaining experience with business productivity software such as word processing and presentation software, students in this program are further exposed to interactive digital media software, where they learn skills in photo editing, digital publishing, and web development. Most credit hours earned will transfer to the Computer and Information Technologies Certificate and to the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist.

Specialization: Computer Specialist

Associate of Applied Science

In this program, the student will learn business applications and demonstrate fluency in database, spreadsheet, word processing, and digital publishing. Students will learn technical skills in operating systems and networking technologies, as well as microcomputer concepts, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. During the last semester, students will be required to secure an internship within an Information Technology (IT) department of a local company. This internship will provide students with valuable industry experience. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree for Computer Specialist will be equipped with the necessary skills to enter the IT workforce in places such as local or small businesses, school districts, banks, and hospitals. The credit hours earned In the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Specialist transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Specialization: Digital Forensics Specialist

Associate of Applied Science

This hands-on Information Security/Digital Forensics Associate of Applied Science degree offers practical experience in a wide array of information security and digital forensics situations that are applicable to the real world. The student will be exposed to everything from how to properly conduct an assessment, and secure and document a network. In addition, the student will learn how to establish a proper chain of custody that is admissible in a court of law when recovering files from intentionally damaged media.

This associate’s degree will prepare students to get certified by Cisco, CompTIA and various organizations in the digital forensics field. Digital Forensics Specialists are needed by today's companies to protect computer networks and determine the root cause of malicious attacks, legally collect evidence admissible in court, and protect corporate assets and reputation. Upon successfully completing the program, students may work with various private corporations, Federal Government agencies, private industry, and even local government agencies that need assistance in finding answers during an actual forensic investigation or a crime scene. This Internship will allow students to gain valuable industry experience.

Specialization: Networking Specialist

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Networking Specialist enlists a number of Information Technology (IT) skills, starting with business productivity software Business and Technology and then adding a greater emphasis on advanced skills in computer networking through the Cisco Networking Academy. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to design, quote, set up, maintain, manage, and upgrade a network. In addition to the networking skills, students will also learn technical skills in operating systems, server administration, and information security, while also being exposed to the use of computer virtualization. During the last semester, students will be required to secure an internship within an IT department of a local company.

This internship will provide students with valuable industry experience. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science degree for Networking Specialist will be greatly qualified with the necessary skills to enter the IT workforce in places such as local or small businesses, school districts, banks, and hospitals. The credit hours earned In the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Specialist transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Technologies in Computer and Information Technologies degree (BAT-CIT).

Diana Berger, NETSYNC Network Solutions
David M. Culberson, Director of Technology, Sharyland ISD
Adrian Garcia, Chief Technology Officer, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Wendy Lopez, AVP of IT, Security First
Hugo Robles, Network Systems Administrator, Alps Electric (North America), Inc.

Certificates

Associates Degrees

Computer and Information Technologies Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Page Programming 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ARTC 1413
Digital Publishing I
or Interactive Digital Media I
4
ITSE 1431
Introduction to Visual Basic Programming
or Database Programming
4
ITSW 2434 Advanced Spreadsheets 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours32 Credit Hours

Computer and Network Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Page Programming 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours28 Credit Hours

Computer Applications Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSW 2434 Advanced Spreadsheets 4
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
ITSE 2409 Database Programming 4
ARTC 1413 Digital Publishing I 4
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours16 Credit Hours

Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours24 Credit Hours

Multimedia Specialist Certificate

TSI EXEMPT

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Page Programming 4
 Credit Hours8
Second Semester
ARTC 1413 Digital Publishing I 4
IMED 1445 Interactive Digital Media I 4
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours16 Credit Hours

Information Technology

Specialization: Computer Specialist Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Page Programming 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
ARTC 1413
Digital Publishing I
or Interactive Digital Media I
4
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session I
Humanities Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
ITSW 2434 Advanced Spreadsheets 4
ITSE 1431
Introduction to Visual Basic Programming
or Database Programming
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics 1
or College Algebra
3-4
ITSC 2439 Personal Computer Help Desk 4
ITSC 2165 CAPSTONE: Systems Administration Practicum 1
 Credit Hours11-12
 Total Credit Hours60-61 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

Information Technology

Specialization: Digital Forensics Specialist Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ITDF 1405 Digital Data Storage Forensics 4
ITSY 2443 Computer System Forensics 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session I
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 1 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1 3
ITDF 2425 Digital Forensics Tools 4
ITDF 2420 Digital Forensics Collection 4
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics 1
or College Algebra
3-4
ITDF 2430 Digital Forensics Analysis 4
ITSC 2164 CAPSTONE: Digital Forensics Practicum 1
 Credit Hours11-12
 Total Credit Hours60-61 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement

Information Technology

Specialization: Networking Specialist Associate of Applied Science

TSI LIABLE

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ITSC 1409 Integrated Software Applications I 4
ITSC 1405 Introduction to PC Operating Systems 4
ITSC 1425 Personal Computer Hardware 4
ITNW 1425 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security 4
ITSE 1411 Beginning Web Page Programming 4
ITNW 1454 Implementing and Supporting Servers 4
ITNW 2421 Networking with TCP/IP 4
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session I
Humanities Elective 1 3
 Credit Hours3
Third Semester
ITNW 2435 Network Troubleshooting and Support 4
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1 3
ITSY 1442 Information Technology Security 4
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics 1
or College Algebra
3-4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
ITNW 2453 Advanced Routing and Switching 4
ITNW 2164 CAPSTONE: Network Practicum 1
 Credit Hours11-12
 Total Credit Hours60-61 Credit Hours
1

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement