Computer and Information Technology

The Certificate in Microcomputer Applications is designed for students interested in microcomputer operations and systems. Upon completion, students are prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams in Word and Excel.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer and Information Technology equips students for employment which involves the analysis and design of computerized information and management decision systems. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam which demonstrates competency in the maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, operating systems and printers.

Graduation Requirements

Certificate in Microcomputer Applications: WorkKeys® scores of level 5 in Reading for Information, level 4 in Locating Information, and level 5 in Applied Mathematics; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; the last 15 credits taken at NMSU.

AAS in Computer and Information Technology: ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition with a C or higher; placement into college-level math and reading courses or completion of developmental courses with a C or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; the last 15 credits taken at NMSU.

OECS 101. Computer Basics

1 Credit

Hands-on instruction to introduce computer use and commonly used software. Graded S/U.

OECS 105. Introduction to Information Technology

3 Credits

Introduction and application of basic information technology skills using personal computers including operating systems, common office application software, and the impact of technology on the economy and society. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 110. Introduction to Power Point

1 Credit

An introduction to Power Point software to develop business presentations. Includes concepts of basic presentation methods and graphic design principles. Students will create and deliver presentations using text, charts, digitized images, and sound.

Prerequisites: BCIS 110, C S 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 125. Operating Systems

1-3 Credits

Installation, configuration and optimization of current operating systems. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 128. Operating Systems Linux/Unix

3 Credits

Installation, configuration, and use of Linux/Unix operating system software and utilities including hardware management, file management, use of command line, and scripting. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 140. Introduction to Game Production Industry

3 Credits

Students explore the business behind game production, understanding how game companies are organized and funded, positions within the game industry, and what skills game producers need.

Prerequisites: Either BCIS 110, C S 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 141. Introduction to Interactive Game Programming

3 Credits

This introductory programming class reviews the basics of programming, including the object-oriented approach. Students will de-construct existing games, develop their own code, and gain an appreciation for coding strategies. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Restricted to:Community Colleges Only.

Prerequisites: C S 110, BCIS 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 145. Mobile Application Development

1-3 Credits (1-3)

An in-depth review of concepts, design strategies, tools and APIs needed to create, test and deploy applications for mobile devices. Topics include: design of mobile user interfaces, application life-cycle, multi-threading, inter-process communication, data persistency, background services, geo-location/mapping, graphics/animation, performance, and security. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 150. Introduction to Programming Using Visual Basic

4 Credits

Introduction to algorithmic problem-solving concepts, structured programming design-oriented application programing interface development. Solutions to problems are implemented using the Visual Basic programming language in the Windows environment, with connection to Access databases as applicable. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): CS 110, OECS 220, and MATH 120.

OECS 155. Special Topics - Introductory Computer Technology

0.5-4 Credits (.5-4)

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 8 credits.

OECS 185. PC Maintenance and Repair I

1-3 Credits

Introduction to most common types of PC configurations, installations, and failures. This course will explore troubleshooting skills for maintaining and repairing common hardware and software related problems. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

OECS 192. C++ Programming I

3 Credits

Development of skills in programming using the C++ programming language. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 195. Java Programming I

1-3 Credits

Developing of skills in programming using the Java programming language. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 200. Accounting on Microcomputers

3 Credits

Fundamental accounting principles using popular microcomputer soft ware to include G/L, A/R, A/P, purchase order, billing, inventory, and forecasting modules.

Prerequisite: ACCT 252 or BOT 121.

OECS 203. UNIX Operating System

1-3 Credits

Introduction to the UNIX operating system using Telnet to access a remote UNIX system. Basic UNIX commands and file system concepts.

Prerequisite: C S 110, B CS 110G or OECS 105.

OECS 204. Linux Operating System

1-3 Credits

Install and configure the Linux operating system on X86 systems. Covers issues involved in maintaining operating system, networking, creating and managing users, and installing and updating software. General procedures for working with operating system includes maintaining disk space, preserving system security, and other related topics. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

OECS 205. Advanced Operating Systems: Administration

3 Credits

Examines operating systems designed for PC, minicomputers and mainframes. Covers maintaining operating systems, creating and managing users, and installing and updating software. General procedures for working with operating systems will include maintaining disk space, preserving system security, providing mail services, among other topics. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: OECS 128.

OECS 207. Windows

0.5-3 Credits

Installation, configuration, and maintenance of Windows. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 105 or BCS 110G or CS 110G or consent of instructor.

OECS 208. Internet Applications

1-3 Credits

Survey of the Internet to include e-mail, file transfer, current search techniques, the World Wide Web and basic Web page development. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: C S 110G, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 209. Computer Graphic Arts

1-3 Credits

Basic graphics composition using computer programs to include editing and manipulating graphic images, clip-art, and printing of pictures. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes.

Prerequisite: OECS 105, C S 110, or OECS 101.

OECS 211. Word Processing Applications

1-3 Credits

Basic word processing to include composing, editing, formatting, and printing of documents. May be repeated under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: C S 110, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 213. Image Processing

1 Credit

Introduction to digital imaging acquisition and editing. Use of digital cameras and computer graphic software for business and personal use. Graded S/U.

Prerequisites: C S 110, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 214. Creating a Web Page

1 Credit

Introduction to creating Web pages for business and personal use. Graded S/U.

Prerequisites: C S 110, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 215. Spreadsheet Applications

1-3 Credits

Use of spreadsheets to include graphics and business applications. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: C S 110, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 216. Programming for the Web

3 Credits

Designing web-based applications using appropriate programming language(s) such as, but not limited to HTML, PHP, MySQL, SQL, Java, Perl, C or C++. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): One semester of any programming course.

OECS 220. Database Application and Design

1-3 Credits

Creating, sorting, and searching of single and multifile databases to include report generation and programming database commands. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles listed in the Schedule of Classes. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): C S 110 OR BCIS 110 OR E T 120 OR E T 122 OR OECS 105.

OECS 221. Internship I

1-3 Credits

Work experience that directly relates to a student's major field of study that provides the student an opportunity to explore career paths and apply knowledge and theory learned in the classroom. Internships may be paid or unpaid. Students are supervised/evaluated by both the employer and the instructor. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: OECS majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit). Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

OECS 222. Internship II

1-3 Credits

Continuation of OECS 221. Each credit requires specified number of hours of on-the-job work experience. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to: OECS majors. S/U Grading (S/U, Audit). Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 221 and consent of instructor.

OECS 227. Computer Applications for Technicians

3 Credits

Computer applications for service technicians in various disciplines. Hardware and software applications explored. Includes operating systems, high level programming, and networking hardware and software.

OECS 230. Data Communications and Networks I

1-3 Credits

Definition of data communication; survey of hardware applications and teleprocessor software; examination and design of networks. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: OECS 185.

OECS 231. Data Communications and Networks II

1-3 Credits

Installation and application of popular microcomputer network software. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: OECS 230.

OECS 232. Implementing and Supporting Networks I

3 Credits

Knowledge and skills relating to post-installation and day-to-day administration tasks in a single-domain or multiple-domain network.

Prerequisite: OECS 230 or OECS 261.

OECS 234. Linux Server

3 Credits

This course addresses the implementation and support needs of IT professionals that are planning to deploy and support Linux Server(s). It provides in-depth, hands-on training for planning, implementation, management and support of Linux networking services. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 128, OECS 203 or OECS 204.

OECS 235. Structured Query Language (SQL)

1-3 Credits

Installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting of SQL client/server database management system.

Prerequisite: OECS 185, OECS 207, OECS 230 or OECS 261.

OECS 237. Windows Server

3 Credits

This course addresses the implementation and support needs of IT professionals that are planning to deploy and support Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services in medium to large businesses. It provides in-depth, hands-on training for Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for the planning, implementation, management, and support of Windows Active Directory services. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 207.

OECS 245. Game Programming I

3 Credits

Development of programming skills for games and animation using current programming languages and tools. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

OECS 250. Systems Analysis and Design I

3 Credits

Analysis, configuration, design and testing of organizations' work flow as it relates to hardware, software, data, procedures and personnel. Systems Life Cycle approach matching end users' needs to feasible financial, technical and operational solutions. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 220.

OECS 252. Project Management

3 Credits

Utilization of project management software to establish, control and coordinate timelines, budgets, and work teams. Introduction to methods and principles of oriented project management emphasizing team-based performance.

OECS 255. Special Topics

1-4 Credits

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

OECS 260. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

1-3 Credits

Coverage of HTML as used for web-page development for Internet and Intranet. Text manipulation, graphics, hypertext links, lists, and tables. May be repeated for a maximum or 3 credits.

Prerequisite: C S 110, BCIS 110 or OECS 105.

OECS 261. Introduction to Networks

4 Credits

Introduction to networking principles including the practical and conceptual skills for understanding basic networking, planning and designing networks, implementing IP addressing schemes, examining the OSI and TCP/IP layers, and performing basic configurations for routers and switches. Aligns to the first course of the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): C S 110G, BCIS 110G, OECS 105, or E T 120.

OECS 262. Essentials of Routing and Switching

4 Credits

Examination of the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Student will learn how to configure, verify and troubleshoot: routers and switches, static routing, default routing, VLANs, and ACLs. Aligns to the second course of the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 261.

OECS 263. Network Fundamentals

4 Credits

Fundamentals of networking architecture, components, and operations including practical and conceptual skills using routers and switches. Student will learn how to configure, verify and troubleshoot static routing, default routing, VLANs, and ACLs. This course aligns to the third course of the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 262.

OECS 264. Network Routing Protocols

4 Credits

Fundamentals of routing protocols for troubleshooting advanced network operations. Covers common networking issues such as RIP, OSPF, and EIGRP for IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This course aligns to the fourth course of the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA curriculum. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 263.

OECS 269. Network Security

3-4 Credits (3-4)

Fundamentals of design and implementation of network security solutions that will reduce the risk of system vulnerability. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 204 or OECS 207 or OECS 261 or consent of instructor.

OECS 272. Introduction to Bioinformatics Research

3 Credits

Bioinformatics is the intersection of computer science and molecular biology. It is the science of informatics as applied to biological research. This course develops the understanding of genomics research techniques and how large amounts of complex data is managed. This research based class is designed to introduce skills necessary to enter this high demanding field of study. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

Prerequisite(s): BCIS 110, or C S 110, or OECS 105.

OECS 275. PC Maintenance and Repair II

1-3 Credits

Continuation of OECS 185. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): OECS 185.

OECS 280. Desktop Publishing I

3 Credits

Design and production of publication materials to fill the needs of business communities, using a microcomputer. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Same as BOT 280.

Prerequisites: either BCIS 100G, C S 110, OECS 105.

OECS 285. Fundamentals of Multimedia Applications

1-3 Credits

Fundamentals of designing video, audio and web-based multimedia presentations for business and technical needs. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OECS 290. Computer Technology Capstone

1-3 Credits

Refines skills learned in the OECS program. Culminates in a review and practice of advanced software applications. May be repeated up to 3 credits. Restricted to: OECS & OECT majors. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

Prerequisite(s): (OECS 125, OECS 128, OECS 207, OR OECS 203) AND (OECS 185 OR E T 283).

OECS 299. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Specific subjects to be determined based on need. DAS Occupational Education, Dental Assisting. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

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