Microcomputer Technician

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Description
The Microcomputer Technician Program consists of courses from the Computer Information Science department, and the Electronic Technology department. It is designed to prepare students for entry level employment as a technician in the repair, installation and maintenance of individual computers and network systems.

Career Opportunities
This program is designed for Electronics Technology and Computer Information Science students pursuing employment in the area of programming and maintaining microcomputer systems.

Recommended High School Preparation
Courses in electricity, electronics, English, algebra, physics, chemistry, and computers.

Program Costs
In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies), laboratory materials fees may be required. Students will be responsible for providing some of their own parts and a basic electronics tool kit. These will be available as ready-made sets in the College Store. For specific class-required materials and texts, check with the electronics faculty or the College Store. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use the operating system on a personal computer to manipulate files and folders.
  • use the operating system on a personal computer to configure hardware and applications.
  • explain common computer terminology used in computer information science and electronics technology.
  • diagnose common computer errors that occur because of hardware, software, or network problems.
  • predict common computer error solutions in hardware, software, or network systems.
  • resolve common computer errors that occur in hardware, software, or network systems

Associate in Science Degree
The Microcomputer Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.

Required Program                                                                              Units
CISC 310 Introduction to Computer Information Science ……………….3
CISP 301 Algorithm Design and Implementation ………………………….4
CISC 320 Operating Systems (1) ………………………………………………1
or CISC 323 Linux Operating System (1)
CISA 310 Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets ……………………….1
CISA 311 Intermediate Electronic Spreadsheets ………………………….1
CISA 323 Database Management using Microsoft Access ……………..2
ET 145 Basic Computer System Repair I (1) ……………………………….4
and ET 146 Basic Computer System Repair II (3)]
or CISC 360 Microcomputer Support and Maintenance (4)
ET 340 Basic Microprocessors …………………………………………………5
ET 390 Microprocessor Systems – Troubleshooting ………………………3
ET 490 Advanced Student Projects Laboratory ……………………………2
CISC 355 Introduction to Data Communications (1.5) ……………1.5 – 3
or CISN 300 Network Systems Administration (3)
or CISN 303 Network Administration – Linux Server (3)

A minimum of 4 units from the following: ……………………………………4
ET 300 DC Theory and Circuit Fundamentals (2.5)
and ET 301 AC Theory and Circuit Fundamentals (2.5)
ET 306 Electronics Fabrication and Soldering Techniques (2)
ET 310 Mathematics for DC Circuit Fundamentals, Part I (1.5)
and ET 311 Mathematics for AC Circuit Fundamentals, Part II (1.5)
ET 320 Semiconductor Theory (5)
EDT 310 Computer Aided Drafting (3)
EDT 352 Electrical and Electronics Drafting Design (4)
CISN 300 Network Systems Administration (3)
CISC 351 Introduction to Local Area Networks (1)
CISN 303 Network Administration – Linux Server (3)
CISN 304 Networking Technologies (3)

Total Units Required: 31.5 – 33