Program Overview

This Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement is a two-year program leading to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The Database Management Systems concentration includes coursework in the design, development and maintenance of relational databases. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in a computer field following graduation. Students wishing a Bachelors’ degree (transfer program) should meet with a counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

REQUIRED CORE COURSEWORK:

Course Course Name Units
BCOM 15

Business Communications

This course covers the principles of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting business information. Written and oral communication involving problem solving in business are emphasized.

3
BCOM 20

Business Writing

This course delivers a basic understanding of business communication. The curriculum is designed to familiarize students with the techniques, strategies, and forms of writing used in the professional world. Emphasis will be placed on developing precise and persuasive language skills to achieve business goals. The course will prepare students for communication in the workplace and in other business classes.

3
BCOM 261

Business English

This course develops the foundation skills of mechanics of English that competent workers need to be competitive in the workplace. These skills include a thorough training: spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and word usage. Emphasis will also be placed on developing a business vocabulary.

3
COSA 25

Microsoft Access for Windows

This class provides an introduction to Microsoft Access, a computerized relational database management system. Through hands-on practice, students learn to create and modify tables, queries, reports, forms, data access pages, macros, and modules. Students will also learn to share information by integrating Access with data and other applications. This course satisfies the technology component of the Information Competency graduation requirement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be given a voucher to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) industry certification exam. This course satisfies the technology portion of the information competency requirement.

4
COSP 38

Database Concepts

This course covers concepts and technologies of database systems. Topics include data modeling, design, and the implementation of relational databases; Structured Query Language-SQL; concurrency control; distributed database systems; data warehousing; Web enabled database technologies; and the functions of database administration. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be given a voucher to sit for the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) industry certification exam.

4

ELECTIVE courses:
COSA 1

Computer Information Competency

The course is designed for students to develop current computer information competency. It covers basic use of hardware, Internet knowledge and skills, word processing, spreadsheet, digital data presentations, and communications applications. This course satisfies the technology component of the Information Competency graduation requirement. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be given a voucher to sit for the Internet and Computing Core (IC3) industry certification exam. This course satisfies the technology portion of the information competency requirement.

1
COSK 209

Speed and Accuracy Building for Typist

This intermediate-level course helps to increase computer keyboarding speed and accuracy. Students receive individual analysis, tips on improving their technique, and guided practice.

1
COSK 250B

Data Entry – Level 2

This course is a continuation of COSK 250A. Through hands-on practice, the student will continue to develop speed and accuracy skills for data entry. The opportunity to practice the skills in a simulated workplace situation will be provided, as well as techniques for finding and avoiding errors.

2.5
Total units needed to complete - 37