PC Technician - Certificate

Recommended Course Sequence

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
ISTC 1010 Microcomputer Maintenance
Description
ISTC 1010 This course is designed for the PC novice to learn how to maintain, upgrade, and repair personal computers. Participants will remove and replace motherboards, and various input/output devices. Hard drives maintenance procedures (formatting) and loading operating systems will be covered. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1010

3
ISTC 1015 Supporting Business Applications
Description
ISTC 1015 This course prepares IT students to support end users on the Microsoft Office Suite. This course covers basic computer concepts on computer hardware and desktop application software. Students will learn the fundamentals of word processing, database, and spreadsheet and presentation applications. Students will also be introduced to use of the Internet, online collaboration tools, and outlook. The capstone of the course will cover a comprehensive integration with Office applications.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/05/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1015

3
ISTC 1030 Operating Systems I
Description
ISTC 1030 This course covers operating system administration with the use of command line for microcomputers. Topics include booting and configuring the system, the use of internal commands and external commands, file management, networking, and writing of batch files. rerequisites: None

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1030

3
ISTC 1033 Operating Systems II
Description
ISTC 1033 This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot desktop clients in a network. Lectures, hands-on projects and exercises reinforce skills as they are learned. Specific topic coverage includes: Installing; Using the System Utilities; Managing File Systems and Storage; Users, Groups, Profiles, and Policies; Security and Access Controls; Network Protocols; Printing and Faxing; Performance Tuning; Working with the Registry; Booting Process; Fault Tolerance; Troubleshooting. Prerequisites: Operating Systems I ISTC1030

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1033

3
ISTC 1045 Network Systems I: Introduction to Networking
Description
ISTC 1045 This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. This is the first course preparing the student to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching examination.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2014 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1045

3
ISTC 1050 Database Systems
Description
ISTC 1050 This course focuses on the fundamentals of relational databases; their use, design and implementation. The course will include entity-relationship modeling, logical and physical design and normalization, as well as the definition of tables and indexes. The use of Structured Query Language (SQL) for data manipulation will be emphasized. The course will also cover concepts of client/server, distributed and object-oriented databases, security and data warehousing. Prerequisites: COML1400 Introduction to Computers or equivalent work with databases.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1050

3
ISTC 1060 Security I
Description
ISTC 1060 This course is designed to investigate the analysis and implementation of network security policies, procedures and guidelines for establishing, monitoring and controlling methodologies for local and wide area networks. The course covers authentication methods, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security and firewalls. Prerequisites: None

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1060

3
ISTC 1100 Business Communication
Description
ISTC 1100 This course focuses on the foundations of business communication in the Information Systems Industry. The topics will include developing your business writing skills, correspondence, written and oral business reports, employment communication, as well as topics on the social and ethical implications of Information Systems. Prerequisites: None

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1100

3
ISTC 1400 Wireless Systems
Description
ISTC 1400 This course provides hands-on experience to wireless networking. The student will explore the latest wireless technologies following networking industry 802.11x standards. This course includes the planning, designing, installing and configuring wireless LANs from the principal Wireless LAN vendors, and explores the interrelationship of their hardware, software and applications. Prerequisites: Network System I ISTC1040 or equivalent networking experience

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ISTC1400

3
Total Core Credits: 27

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
SPEE 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Description
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Meets MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 03/26/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 7

Course Outline: SPEE1020

3
Total General Education Credits: 3
Total Program Credits: 30