What are the changes made to the Fall 2000 CIT curriculum?
- What are the CIT course prerequisites & titles?
- What computer programs does CCAC offer?
- What is Computer & Information Technology?
- What is the difference between Information Systems and
- What are CTE (500 series) courses and what is their
relationship to regular CIT courses?
- I have very little experience in using a computer -
essentially I know how to turn it on and surf the Net. Should I start with
CIT111 or CIT501?
- I want to take an introductory programming course. Where
should I start?
- I have a basic computer literacy background. Do I need to
take CIT115 (or CIT502)?
- I have some previous experience with programming (COBOL or
Fortran or Pascal or Visual Basic) and am interested in taking CIT130
Object-Oriented Programming: Java. Can I take this course?
changes include the following items:
table below shows the new course identities and the old one they have
Courses - Fall 2000
CIT111 Information Systems with Programming (4
CIT110 (3 cr)
CIT161 User Interface Design: Visual Basic (4
CIT160 (3 cr)
CIT501 Introduction to Information Systems (4
CIT110-CT (3 cr)
CIT111 (4 cr)
CIT502 Introduction to Computer Systems
CIT503 Object-Oriented Programming & Design
CIT504 User-Centered Interface Design & Testing (4
CIT161 (4 cr)
CIT505 Data Structures & Algorithms
of the course prerequisites have been modified to help ensure that
students do not sign up for courses without the proper prerequisite
- The approved, correct course titles and
prerequisites are shown in the accompanying CIT course description
list. Course flowcharts visually show the prerequisite structure as well.
- Please note that in some cases, the
credit magazine and catalog prerequisites and/or descriptions are
incorrect, so use these and note the new/old course number table
CCAC offers a variety of computing programs - these
A career CIT Associate Program
which has a common
core of course and 3 tracks of specialization:
Application Software Development
Several shorter term career CIT certificates
A transfer Computer Information Science program
These programs are explained in detail in
Computers and networks have become essential in most
segments of our society and enable us to improve the quality of our lives
and to increase our productivity. Their use has resulted in significant
advances in medicine, science, education, business, industry, and
government. Computer and information technology incorporates the study of
information structure and processing in all its varied forms. The
term Information Technology (IT) is an "umbrella" term
that encompasses Information Systems, Information Science and Computer
Both Information Systems and Computer
Science and require a common subset of technical computing knowledge.
Information Systems is the study of what
computers can do, how they can be applied, and how to obtain practical
computing solutions in business environments. Since the context
for Information Systems is an organization, students typically also
need to develop skills to solve business problems in functional areas
such as accounting, finance, marketing and management. Systems
analysis in the context of applied computing is a fundamental focus of
The discipline includes the acquisition,
deployment and management of Information Technology resources and
services as well as the development of the IT infrastructure to
support the organization process. This includes computers and
communications; development of computer systems and supporting users
in the use of new technology. There is a high demand for individuals
with a combined knowledge of applied computing, computer applications
A number of colleges have programs
identified as Information Science. These programs may denote a
more general computing emphasis that is not directly tied to business
Computer Science focuses on the theory
and practice of computing. Some important topics covered include
data structures, algorithms, computer architecture and software
engineering. The development of quality software is a
fundamental focus of this discipline. There is a high
demand for individuals who possess the technical skills to develop
courses allow students to prepare for a programming certificate provided
by CTE/CMU while moving through CCAC's CIT course work. They are taught
through a CCAC partnership with Carnegie Technology Education (CTE), a
Carnegie Mellon University subsidiary- a national leader in computer
- The first 3 courses (CIT111/CIT501),
CIT130/CIT503 are considered equivalent, however the
CTE courses may be more intense than the comparable, corresponding 100-200 level CIT courses.
- Although CIT161 is listed as comparable to
CIT504, there are substantial differences in focus.
- CIT161 focuses much more on the Visual Basic
language and its use to access data in databases and other media. CIT504
focuses essentially on Human-Computer interface issues and usability
studies. Visual Basic is a much smaller component of the course and
database access is not considered at all.
- For more detailed information about this
program, please visit the following web site: http://www.carnegietech.org.
Use a mouse and keyboard effectively
Use a Windows type application, such as a
word processor or other editor program, that uses common Windows
icons and terminology, including copying and pasting with the
- Be able to manage your files, using
Windows Explorer or similar file manager. This includes running programs,
finding files and documents, creating folders/directories to organize your
data, copying files and making backups.
- Be familiar with using a Browser to view
CCAC offers a 1-credit pass/fail course entitled CIT
Introduction to Windows, which covers the basic user interface. CCAC
also offers a 3-credit computer literacy course entitled CIT100
Introduction to Computers, which goes into more depth with using
Start with CIT111 (or
CIT501). This course
is a gentle introduction to programming, mostly using Java programming
language as a vehicle.
This course assumes a basic computer
background as a prerequisite. It includes more in-depth material
associated with software and hardware used in a network-based environment.
You should take CIT111
unless your experience is in C or C++, which has very similar syntax. You
should discuss your particular situation with a CIT faculty advisor.
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