Computer Science

Elective Graduation Requirements: 7.5 Credits (total for all curricular departments)

The goals of the computer science department are to provide students with skills and abilities in the various specialized areas of computer science, to prepare students for jobs in industry, business and/or government, and to provide relevant computer science courses for students in engineering, mathematics and many other fields requiring both entry level and advanced computing skills.

WEB PAGE & MULTIMEDIA DESIGN
333675
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight

Students work with HTML and applications to create “live” documents, which link text, graphics, animation, sound and video with hypertext and web graphics.  This project-based course allows students to produce interactive documents for use with other classes as well as for the internet.  Fundamentals of web page design are incorporated into the course.  Copyright issues and internet etiquette are also emphasized.  The course is taught at both high schools.

 
333663
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight

Computer Applications is a class designed for students interested in improving their computer, keyboarding and Internet skills. Introductory concepts of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and other publishing software will be taught. Time to improve keyboarding skills will also be incorporated in this course.

333674
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight

Microsoft Office is a course designed to prepare students for computing efficiency that is essential for college and in the workplace. This course focuses on Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams in Word and PowerPoint.  Microsoft Office certification can improve skills and distinguish students in today’s competitive academic environments.  The MOS exams are an optional part of the course for a fee of approximately $90 to be paid by the student.  Successful completion of the exams will provide a professional credential recognized around the world.  This course will also help students earn cost-effective college credit


IT ESSENTIALS I: PC HARDWARE & SOFTWARE
606150
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight 

This course introduces students to information technology and data communications.  Students develop the necessary skills to enter this field by building a computer, installing the operating system, adding peripherals, connecting the computer to a local area network and to the Internet.  This hands-on, lab-oriented course stresses laboratory safety and working effectively in a group environment.  At the end of this course, students should possess the academic information and experience necessary to pass Comp TIA’s A+ certification.  This certification is to test the student’s knowledge of learning objectives for a career as a Computer Repair Technician.  The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Cedar Cliff.

BASIC PROGRAMMING & DEVELOPING CODE
606157
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight
Prerequisite(s): Algebra
This course may be used to satisfy .5 graduation credits in Mathematics

This course will explore several common computer-programming languages such as Java, C, C++, Python and HTML.  The content will prepare students with a foundation for growth in a career, trade school, two-year or four-year program for continuing education.  Students will be expected to learn languages and develop basic programs, applications, and games. 

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COLLEGE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
333676
1 Credit      1.06 Weight
Prerequisite(s):  Students must enroll at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and pay tuition $76.50 per credit and there is a HACC Bookstore charge of $117 added to the course which covers the cost of SimNet and includes an e-text.
This course may be used to satisfy .5 graduation credits in Science

This HACC course provides a fundamental understanding of computers and familiarizes students with the interaction of computer hardware and software.  Emphasis is on the application of microcomputers and “hands-on” use of software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.  This is one college-computing course; CIS105 as listed in the HACC course catalog.  Upon the successful completion of the course, students will receive three (3) transferable HACC credits.  Students must pass the reading and writing AccuPlacer test administered by HACC prior to enrolling in this course.  The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Red Land. 

 

NETWORKING I: NETWORKING FOR HOME & SMALL BUSINESSES 
606111                 
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight                                                                                                                                                    

This course teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. It also helps students develop some of the skills needed to become network technicians, computer technicians, cable installers, and help desk technicians.  It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Instructors are encouraged to facilitate field trips and outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Labs include PC installation of game consoles, scanners, and cameras.  The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Cedar Cliff.

NETWORKING II: WORKING AT A SMALL-TO-MEDIUM BUSINESS OR ISP 
606121     
.5 Credit      1.0 Weight
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of Networking I 

This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians.  It also helps students develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians.  It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security.  It also familiarizes students with servers that provide e-mail service, Web space, and authenticated access.  Students also learn about soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions.  Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context.  The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Cedar Cliff.


INTRODUCTION TO WEB PAGE DEVELOPMENT
333803
1 Credit      1.06 Weight
Dual Enrollment
This Penn College course provides the student with introductory coverage of the Internet and online Web technologies. Skills learned will include how to plan, create and maintain static web pages. Penn College math and reading placement tests may be required. There is no credit fee for this college course. Students are responsible for a book fee. The course is offered to students from both high schools but is taught at Red Land.





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