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Computer Engineering Technology

Curriculum Description

The Computer Engineering Technology curriculum provides the skills required to install, service, and maintain computers, peripherals, networks, and microprocessor and computer controlled equipment. It includes training in both hardware and software, emphasizing operating systems concepts to provide a unified view of computer systems.

Coursework includes mathematics, electronics, digital circuits, and programming, with emphasis on the operation, use, and interfacing of memory and devices to the CPU. Additional topics may include communications, networks, operating systems, programming languages, Internet configuration and design, and industrial applications.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in electronics technology, computer service, computer networks, server maintenance, programming, and other areas requiring a knowledge of electronic and computer systems. Graduates may also qualify for certification in electronics, computers, or networks.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A40160
NC CIP: 15.1201
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
ELC 131 DC/AC Circuit Analysis 4 3 0 5
ELC 131A DC/AC Circuit Analysis Lab 0 3 0 1
ELC 127 Software for Technicians 1 3 0 2
EGR 131 Intro to Electronics Tech 1 2 0 2
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
MAT 121 Algebra/Trigonometry I NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
   
    11 13 0 16

Spring Semester
CET 111 Computer Upgrade/Repair I 2 3 0 3
ELN 131 Semiconductor Applications 3 3 0 4
MAT 122 Algebra/Trigonometry II 2 2 0 3
NOS 110 Operating System Concepts 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    12 11 0 16

Summer Term
CET 222 Computer Architecture 2 0 0 2
ELN 132 Linear IC Applications 3 3 0 4
ELN 133 Digital Electronics 3 3 0 4
   
    8 6 0 10

Fall Semester
CET 211 Computer Upgrade/Repair II 2 3 0 3
CSC 134 C++ Programming 2 3 0 3
ELN 232 Intro to Microprocessors 3 3 0 4
ELN 237 Local Area Networks 2 3 0 3
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting 3 0 0 3
   
    12 12 0 16

Spring Semester
CET 212 Integrated Mfg Systems 1 3 0 2
ELN 233 Microprocessor Systems 3 3 0 4
ELN 238 Advanced LANs 2 3 0 3
PHY 131 Physics-Mechanics 3 2 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
   
    9 11 0 16

Total Credit Hours: 74

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Cooperative Education may be available for this program. Please see advisor.

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives — Select one: ART 111, ENG 125, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 160, MUS 110, PHI 215, or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.

Program Educational Objectives

The Computer Engineering Technology Program at Forsyth Technical Community College strives to produce graduates who:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability required perform the tasks of an Entry Level Technician
  • Demonstrate the ability to advance to a more responsible position in their work
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required to engage in the lifelong learning of corporate sponsored education/training
  • Meet the requirements to enter a four year Engineering Technology Program

Student Outcomes

Students must demonstrate …

a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles   but extensive practical knowledge;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

f. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and

i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Graduation Rates Link: 

http://www.forsythtech.edu/services-students/student-resources/financial-aid/consumer-information/