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Technical Diploma in Computer Programming and Systems Design

Computer Programming and Systems Design (CIP Code: 11.0201, 11.0501)

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Program Title: Computer Programming and Systems Design
Completion Award: Technical Diploma
Contact Hours: 450
Outside Study Hours: 900
Semester Credits: 30 hours (including 3 semester credits of General Studies)
Program Duration: 60 weeks
Cost per Credit Hour: $249
Total Tuition: $7,470
Course Materials and Fees: $125
Total Course Materials and Fees: $1,250**
Total Cost of Program: $8,720 (including course materials and fees)

Program Description

The Technical Diploma degree in Computer Programming and Systems Design combines studies in information technology, programming, and encompasses accepted theories regarding information systems management. The academic and professional skills focused on during the program provide a basic knowledge of high-level languages such as Java and Visual Basic and the Microsoft Office Suite, preparing them to function successfully in programming and systems design positions.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  • ✓ Create and implement generic and customized programs to drive operating systems.
  • ✓ Apply the methods and procedures of software design and programming to software installation and maintenance.
  • ✓ Design software and write computer programs in Java and Visual Basic.
  • ✓ Utilize program customization and linking; prototype testing; troubleshooting; and related aspects of operating systems and applications.
  • ✓ Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current Microsoft Office Suite products.
  • ✓ Create functional programs utilizing basic and advanced techniques of MS Visual Basic, JAVA, and ASP.NET programming.
  • ✓ Identify and evaluate application software issues and implement effective remediation policies and procedures.
  • ✓ Communicate effectively utilizing accepted business practices and applications.
  • ✓ Apply the knowledge and skills of general computer programming to the solution of specific operational problems and customization requirements presented by individual and organizational users.

Potential Employment

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should possess the knowledge and skills to fill positions as an entry level computer programmer, I.T. customer support specialist, applications developer, or as a professional in other information technology and computer fields.
ABTU's program courses are designed in sequential order. Therefore, the student must complete the given course before progressing to the next course in the sequence.

Graduation Requirements

In order for students to successfully complete their program, all required materials must be completed, submitted, and within the maximum program duration. Students who fail to complete the program at this level may appeal to the Director of Education for an extension. Students must also complete the proctored Degree Exit Examination for this program to graduate.
Students can complete a course with a grade of "D" or 1.0, however, in order to meet SAP requirements and be able to graduate, the student has to have an overall average of "C" or (2.0 out of 4.0) for all courses and be able to complete all work required within 150% of the program duration or an additional year of the published length whichever is less.

* This course has a proctored final exam. Please refer to the Proctored Examination Policy and Procedure in the College Catalog or on the website at: www.abtu.acot.edu/policies.htm
** For a detailed breakdown and description of the course materials, please refer to Course Materials under the Student Services section of the catalog.

Required Courses Credit Hours
CIS-100 Information Technology and Distance Learning 3
CIS-110 Integrated Business Applications 3
CIS-120 Microsoft Excel 3*
CIS-130 Relational Database Management 3
CIS-140 Programming Logic and Design 3
CIS-150 Programming in MS Visual Basic 2008 I 3
CIS-160 Programming in MS Visual Basic 2008 II 3*
CIS-200 Java Programming I 3
CIS-210 Java Programming II 3*
General Courses Credit Hours
GEC-100 Basic English and Communications 3

Total Credits: 30

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