Online Computer Operations Degree Program

Our Computer Operations Technology program educates future technology professionals and business administrators in the application of emerging computer operations, productivity and operating systems software, project management, and networking and communications topologies. This computer maintenance degree program has been developed to be both functional and flexible. During the program, you’ll participate in student-centered, project-oriented and laboratory-based learning of network and administration systems that are relevant and connected to the needs of business and the computer industry. Expansion of business transactions through standards-compliant website design, security applications and data movement across the Internet are also presented.

With Southwestern College Professional Studies, your technology education is further extended by applying critical thinking and problem solving with fundamental project management and ethics to solve business-related challenges and meet technology needs. With a degree in Computer Operations in Kansas or online from Southwestern College, you will have taken such courses as Advanced Microsoft Word and Excel, Project Administration, Website Management, Computer Systems Integration and Local Networking Fundamentals.

To learn more about earning your degree in Computer Operations in Kansas or online, contact an admissions counselor today for more information.

Program Outcomes

Computer Operations Technology educates future technology professionals and business administrators in the application of emerging computer operations, productivity and operating systems software, project management, and networking and communications topologies. The program has been developed to be both functional and flexible with student centered, project orientated, and laboratory based learning of network and administration systems that are relevant and connected to the needs of business and the computer industry. Expansion of business transactions through standards compliant web site design, security applications and data movement across the Internet is presented. Technology education is further extended with applying critical thinking and problem solving with fundamental project management and ethics to solve business related challenges and meet technology needs.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Apply computer and networking terminology, theory and concepts, tools and emerging technologies to a wide array of industries including banking, education, retail, health care, manufacturing, and transportation.
  2. Evaluate and integrate computer hardware, software and networking solutions to a variety of environments.
  3. Install, configure, manage, and document the use, troubleshooting and repair of computer operating systems, applications, and utility software.
  4. Evaluate, install, configure, troubleshoot, and repair various network topologies.
  5. Integrate fundamental security concepts to network communications, infrastructures and business operations.
  6. Evaluate and configure LAN products including access points, bridges, client devices and accessories.
  7. Apply common productivity software to business functions, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, project management, presentation and communications.
  8. Code and publish standards-compliant, accessible web documents, business graphics and multimedia using HTML, XHTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  9. Demonstrate sound project management best practices and principles.
  10. Apply independent critical thinking and problem solving skills to the completion of projects, labs and case studies associated with the computer operations field.
  11. Demonstrate effective leadership.
  12. Utilize ethical reasoning when making decisions.
  13. Utilize professional and effective written communication.

Required and Core Courses

Foundation Courses

CORE101 Developing Academic and Professional Strengths
CORE110 Information Literacy
ENGL101 Composition I
ENGL102 Composition II
COM 125 Speech
Mathematics Requirement*
HUM 201 Ethics
COM 301 Professional Communication

Disciplinary Perspective Courses

Humanities (6 credits)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Major Courses

COT 220 Microsoft Access
COT 305 Advanced Microsoft Excel
COT 311 Advanced Microsoft Word
BQM 444 Project Management
COT 410 Local Networking (LAN) Fundamentals
COT 411 Website Management
COT 415 Computer Systems Integration
CAPS495 Senior Capstone

* MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Course Descriptions

COT 220 Microsoft Access

This course covers the basic steps of database application development. Using Microsoft Access database software, the learner develops database tables, queries, forms and reports to create working Access database application.

COT 305 Advanced Microsoft Excel

Learners in this course will focus on advanced uses of Excel, including layout, formulas, built-in functions, graphing, and secondary and derived sheets. Participants also learn to manipulate and summarize lists, publish documents, create charts and data maps, and record macros.

COT 311 Advanced Microsoft Word

The primary focus of this course is to teach effective preparation of technical documents using Microsoft Word. The course covers structure and management of large documents, use of styles and templates, and linking and embedding of pictures and drawings. It also introduces versioning and revisions, and general mark-up.

BQM 444 Project Management

This course covers the study and understanding of project management dealing with knowledge of the product and the environment in which the project is realized. The knowledge of technologies involved, financial, and contractual matters are included. Learners will also develop an understanding that human relations and communications are critical to project management.

COT 410 Local Networking (LAN) Fundamentals

This course covers the networking of computers within a small geographic area using current and emerging Ethernet protocols and includes the functions of internetworking devices such as routers, switches, hubs, and NICs. Network operating systems, delivery media (both physical and wireless), peer networking, server functions, workstation and server hardware, network addressing, and TCP/IP protocols will also be covered.

COT 411 Website Management

The focus of this course is on design and development of websites to support business operations. Topics include the study of site design, maintenance, and the integration of databases and other programming functionality to increase the capability of a Web site to support changing business needs.

COT 415 Computer Systems Integration

This is a comprehensive, hands-on course that covers basic computer systems service topics as well as more advanced issues pertaining to hardware and operating system configuration, installation and troubleshooting. Additionally, the course expands the learners’ practical experience and knowledge in networking maintenance issues, safety and customer service techniques and management.

CAPS495 Senior Capstone

Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their major discipline. Particular attention will be given to the presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their major courses and their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Additionally, learners will conduct research and report on career potentials within their major field, careers for which they are potentially most qualified, and a specific career and career path of interest resulting from their research. This project is both submitted individually and as a part of the professional portfolio. Both projects are required for successful course and degree completion. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

Admission Requirements

Entering learners must have earned at least 6 college credits from previous college coursework or ACE evaluated military training, a GPA of 2.0, and have three years of work experience. Transfer hours accepted for Professional Studies admittance should include English Composition I and II, and mathematics (college algebra preferred). These courses may be considered in transfer or completed at Southwestern College.

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A bachelor of science degree in computer operations technology from Southwestern College will provide today’s employee with outstanding computer application skills. The computer operations degree at Southwestern College is functional, flexible and creates an office professional with advanced computer operations skills.