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Computer Applications (CED)
Program Course Descriptions


SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
or  SPE104 Small Group Communication
Pre: Communications proficiency
Emphasis is placed on group dynamics and communication processes. The students will learn about effective communication skills in small group situations. Subjects include perception, group discussion, roles, norms, leadership, decision making, problem solving and conflict management. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
BUS100 Introduction to Business
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of the business world. Topics include economic systems, management principles, organizing concepts, motivation theory, production and quality, marketing principles, accounting concepts, financial management and contracts. Fulfills open and business elective.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
MAT151 Precalculus 1
Pre: MAT092 or 094 or 131 or 135 w/C or better,or place exam score
First of a two-course sequence which prepares students for the study of Calculus. A study of advanced topics in algebra including: equations, inequalities, circles, functions, properties of functions, zeros of polynomial functions and complex numbers, graphs of functions including polynomial and rational functions. Conic sections and advanced topics in systems of equations will be included as time permits. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives. (Formerly titled College Algebra 1)
CPS114 Advanced Microsoft Office
Pre: CPS100
This hands-on course uses the advanced features of Microsoft Office to create business documents, analyze data, and present information. The in-depth coverage of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint includes mail merging, templates, advanced graphics, linking and embedding, forms, PivotTable reports, macros, custom functions, Visual Basic for Applications, Lists, What-If Analysis, data exchange between Office applications, collaboration, sharing files, incorporating Web information, customizing Office, and XML features. Fulfills open and software electives. (4 hours of lecture per week)
CPS124 Web Fluency
Pre: Communications Proficiency
This hands-on course explores the features of the Internet including the communications software and hardware required to access the Internet. ISP (Internet Service Providers) and other online services will be evaluated. Popular search tools will be used to locate information on the WWW, and websites will be evaluated for accuracy and authenticity. Tools such as audio and video steaming programs, RSS blogs user groups and listservs will be used to search out and download information. HTML and webpage creation software will be used to create a simple homepage. Societal issues such as universal access, identity theft, and Fair Use will be discussed and emerging technologies will be examined. Fulfills open and software electives. (3 lecture hours per week)
CPS138 Internet Networking and Security
Pre: CPS100
Students will examine the underlying network technologies behind the Internet and the World Wide Web and what is needed to allow remote machines to communicate with each other. Participants will also learn how to implement and strengthen security procedures on an Internetwork. Topics will include an overview of TCP/IP, HTTP, IP addressing, subnetting, routing, DNS, SSL, proxy servers, firewalls, password protection, and encryption. Students entering this course must be able to use the Windows interface to locate, create, and manipulate files and have a working knowledge of how to use a web browser to access information on the WWW. Fulfills open and web development electives. (4 lecture hours per week)
CPS158 Dreamweaver
Pre: Communications Proficiency
This hands-on course explores the design of Web sites using Dreamweaver software. Students will define a web site, work with text and images, use Dreamweaver's CSS tools, create and style tables, and work with templates and forms. Websites will be published to a server and evaluated as part of the course assignments and projects. Students enrolling in this course should be capable of using the Windows or Mac operating system and have an understanding of basic file management. Fulfills open and software electives. (3 lecture hours per week)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
CLNG-ELECTIVE Computer Language Elective
or  SFTW-ELECTIVE Software Elective(s)
CMP150 Composition 2: Technical Writing
Pre: CMP101 or CMP101H with a 'C' or permission of instructor
An intermediate to advanced technical and researched writing course focusing on the types of writing frequently done in industry, science, and government, which stresses clear, concise wording and logical organization. Students write mechanical descriptions, letters, abstracts, reports, proposals, and instructions. Class time is divided between lecture/discussion on the writing process and writing workshop activities.
CPS210 Computer Systems Development
Pre: CPS100
Presents the principles and techniques used to study, design, and develop computer systems. The Systems Development Life Cycle is the major focus. Case studies of common business problems which use computerized solutions are presented. Students will use SDLC methods to create solutions to business problems. Hands on assignments will make use of Computer Aided Systems Engineering (CASE) tools. Fulfills open and business electives. (4 hours of lecture per week)
SS-ELECTIVE Social Science Elective
COP202 Cooperative Education/Internship
Pre: 2.0 CQPA, CMP101 & 27 credits in student's program
Enhances career development and professional growth by integrating classroom study and seminar sessions with a faculty supervised 120 hour work experience in the student's academic major. Focuses on developing job search skills, work ethics, human relations and communications skills needed for success in the workplace. Course registration is subject to the availability of an approved internship/cooperative education work site.
or  OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
CLNG-ELECTIVE Computer Language Elective
or  SFTW-ELECTIVE Software Elective(s)
CPS122 Operating Systems
Pre: CPS100
A comprehensive study of current operating system (OS) technology including the OS architecture, utilities and tools of the OS, file system management and system optimization, system processes, application support, system commands, system documentation, customization, diagnostics, fault tolerance, and features of different OS systems. Emphasis is placed on the efficient use of the OS to monitor, manage and maximize use of system resources, and troubleshooting. Fulfills open and software electives. (4 hours of lecture per week)
CPS168 Introduction to Access
Pre: CPS100
Study of database concepts as applied to MS Access database. Topics include the basic models used by database systems, database design and implementation, relational operations, database reports, menu driven applications, programming, database administration, and database security. Fulfills open and software electives. (2 hours of lecture per week)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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