Program Learning Outcomes
- Competency Level in Hardware and Cabling – The student will achieve a passing level of competency in computer hardware and network cabling principles as applied to Computer Systems and Networking Technology. The student will require a high level of critical thinking while troubleshooting problems when working with computer hardware that lacks compatibility with other components and when troubleshooting network cabling issues that may occur when electrical interference is encountered on the network.
- Competency Level in Networking – The student will achieve competency in the principles of networking, operating systems, and router configurations as it applies to computer systems technology. The student must demonstrate critical thinking skills by properly troubleshooting networking problem issues, operating system errors, and router configuration errors that may occur when a device is placed within an existing network.
- Employment Qualifications – The student will be qualified for gainful employment as a computer systems technician at the entry-level. To accomplish this task, the student must have the communication skills to listen for comprehension to restate, explain, infer, and interpret the information they will receive from coworkers. Through this communication process, the student must be able to identify or define any potential problems/tasks that may be asked of them.
- Productivity Requirements – An annual productivity review for the Associate of Applied Science in Computer Systems and Networking Technology academic program will show that the program meets the minimum productivity requirements of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For any number of students to have accomplished the AAS in CSNT, they must have developed critical thinking skills to identify or define a problem or task and solve that issue.
Graduates of the program may find employment as computer user support specialists, computer network support specialists, network and computer systems administrators, and cyber security/information security analysts.
Michael Goodman, Master Instructor CSNT