Computer Administration

Business & Technology

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

With every aspect of our lives dependent on computers and information technology, there's a continuing demand for the professionals who can set up and manage computers, computer peripherals and local area networks (LAN). Northampton's Computer Administration program helps meet that demand by producing graduates who have the latest knowledge and hands-on skills. Graduates of the program go well beyond industry certification standards (CompTIA, Microsoft, etc.) in their ability to solve computer related problems effectively, minimizing downtime in the organization. Some of the jobs for which you will be prepared include computer technician, LAN technician, computer administrator, network administrator, computer field service technician, computer helpdesk representative, and technical sales consultant.

Program Features

Courses in circuit analysis and electricity provide the fundamental knowledge of electronic concepts. Courses in computer applications and operating systems improve your familiarity with using the computer and operating systems. Building upon that foundation, students learn the hows and whys of equipment selection, installation techniques, testing, and repair and upgrade methods of the latest computer and network technology. Coursework includes computer troubleshooting and repair, networking, wireless, Windows Server and Linux administration. Industry-experienced instructors teach effective troubleshooting and problem solving. Students carry out lab work, using the latest equipment to keep you current and job-ready. In addition to major courses, our general education courses are an investment in your growth. These required courses improve your ability to communicate, relate to other people and cultures, and solve fundamental problems. By enrolling in a combination of day and evening courses, full-time students can complete the degree requirements in 2 years. Because the full-time program is accelerated, it is also intensive. Full-time students are advised to prepare to commit the extra time and effort needed to graduate in 24 months. All course-work is provided during the evening for part-time students. Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Describe network topologies and the TCP/IP protocol suite
  • Use effective communication and customer service skills
  • Apply industry standards to plan technology solutions
  • Deploy and support PC operating systems
  • Install and configure network operating systems & LAN network components
  • Apply critical thinking skills to troubleshooting and repairing hardware and software systems

Computer Information Technology: Administration

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
  First Semester  
CISC100 Computer Technology I 4
CISC136 PC Support and Troubleshooting 4
CISC137 Introduction to Networking Hardware 2
ELEC101 DC/AC Circuit Analysis 4
ENGL101 English I 3
  Second Semester
CISC105 Desktop Operating Systems 4
CISC251 Network Administration and Maintenance 3
CISC254 Windows Server Administration 3
CMTH102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL151R English II (Report Writing) 3
  Third Semester  
BUSA221G Business Communication 3
CISC255 Server II 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (QL) ++ 3
_______ General Education Elective 3
_______ Technical Elective + 3/4
Fourth Semester
CISC186 Linux Administration 3
_______ General Education Elective 3
_______ General Education Elective 3
_______ Elective 3
  Total Credits 60/61

+ Technical Elective options: CISC 115, 128, 265, 278; ELEC 126, 151
++ Mathematics Elective (QL) options: MATH 103, 120, 140, 145, 150, 160, 165, 175, 176, 180, 181, 210, 211

  • For the General Education Electives, students must choose three courses from at least two of the following areas: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Society and Institutions over Time (SIT) or Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).