course descriptions and information

nformation about individual Computer Technology and Electronics courses is found here. The college catalog is the official statement of the course content. These descriptions are currently up-to-date. Consult the Degree and Certificates links to see the order in which courses should be taken.







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Computer Technology

Computer Technology 1
Computer Technology 4
Computer Technology 12
Computer Technology 14
Computer Technology 15
Computer Technology 16 Computer Technology 20
Computer Technology 30
Computer Technology 36


Electronics 2
Electronics 4

Electronics 6
Electronics 8
Electronics 10
Electronics 12
Electronics 20
Electronics 81
Electronics 101 
Electronics 105 
Electronics 152
Electronics 155
Electronics 156

CT 1 - Introduction to Computers for Technicians (4) CSU
Advisory: English 28

Provides an introduction to computer hardware, physical design of computers, dataflow, coding systems, input/output devices, and data storage techniques. Discusses machine-program interaction, operating systems, and interfacing. The laboratory presents low level systems communication and operation.

CT 4 - Introduction to Computer Networks (4)
Advisory: Computer Technology 1

Introduces the concepts of networking, the OSI Model, methods of signaling and encoding; interfaces, modems, and transmission media; and examines the most important protocols involved in moving data over a communication network.

CT 12 - Introduction to Computer Hardware (4) CSU

This course is one of two courses, CT-12 and CT-14, that prepare students to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam. The theory of the technology of computer hardware components: microprocessors, RAM, BIOS/CMOS, expansion bus, motherboard, power supply, HDD, FDD, CD, DVD, video and sound, and how these form a working system, maintenance and simple troubleshooting.

CT 14 - A-Plus Certification Preparation (4)
Prerequisite: Computer Technology 12
Advisory: Computer Technology 1

This course is one of two courses, CT-12 and CT-14, that prepare students to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam. The theory of the technology of portable computers and printers including understanding, installing, and upgrading Microsoft Windows operating systems, working with the Windows Command Line Interface, troubleshooting and maintenance of Windows, essentials of computer security, networking, and Internet is presented in this course.

CT 15 - Net-Plus Certification Preparation (4)
Prerequisite: Computer Technology 4
Advisory: Computer Technology 1 and 12
Provides an in-depth examination of the technology and skill necessary to install, configure, and operate local and wide-area computer networks. Prepares the student for the Net+ Certification Examination.
 CT 16 - Security+ Certification Preparation (4)
Prerequisite: Computer Technology 4
Students learn concepts of computer and network-security and gainskills necessary to apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, andprocedures to react to security incidents, and guard against thesecurity risks. At the end of the course students are prepared for theCopmpTIA Security+ certification exam.
CT 20 - Computer Logic and Arithmetic (4) CSU
Prerequisites: Electronics 4 and 8

A study of the principles and applications of logic devices used in digital systems, including number systems, boolean algebra, logic and truth tables, logic gates and, bistable devices.
 CT 30 - Introduction to Microprocessors (4)
Prerequisite: Computer Technology 20
A survey of various microprocessor devices with an in-depth analysis of a selected microprocessor. Emphasis is placed on the architecture, instruction set, I/O interfacing, and typical applications of selected devices.
 CT 36 - Digital Devices and Circuits (4)
Prerequisite: Computer Technology 20
Covers digital integrated circuit devices such as registers, counters, encoder/decoders, multiplexer/demultiplexers, memory devices, and programmable logic arrays. Laboratory emphasizes use of dual-trace oscilloscope.
EL 2 - Introduction to Electronics (3)
Open to all students.
A survey of Electronics and its impact on society. Introduction to the technological implications of electronics through hands-on exposure to basic electronic principles.
EL 4 - Fundamentals of Electronics I (4) CSU
Corequisite: Electronics 10
Advisory: English 73
Presents the concepts of Direct Current circuits, including basics of electricity, series and parallel circuits, meters, batteries, resistors, and magnetism. The laboratory emphasizes skills in the analysis of circuits and the use of test equipment.
EL 6 - Fundamentals of Electronics II (4) CSU
Prerequisite: Electronics 4
Corequisite: Electronics 12
Presents a detailed study of alternating current theory and applications. Topics include reactance, Impedance, resonance, transformers, coupling, filters, bandpass, and time constants. The laboratory emphasizes skills in the use of test equipment in AC circuits.
EL 8 - Electron Devices (4) CSU
Prerequisite: Electronics 4
Presents the nature and operation of solid state devices including diodes, transistors, and field effect devices. Includes simple circuit applications.
EL 10 - Mathematics for Electronics I (3) CSU
Introduces methods and techniques for the solution of basic DC circuit problems. Includes the study of algebraic operations, simple linear equations, algebraic fractions, ratio and percent, graphing, and use of the electronic calculator.
EL 12 - Mathematics for Electronics II (3) CSU
Prerequisite: Electronics 10
Develops skills in the use of algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, logarithms, and determinants as needed in electronics calculations. Techniques of network solutions are emphasized including Kirchhoff's and Ohm's Laws, Thevenin's and Norton's theorems.
EL 20 - Electronic Circuits I (4) CSU
Prerequisites: Electronics 6, 8, and 12
Applications of electronic devices such as diodes, junction and FET transistors, MOSFET's, SCR's, to circuits such as signal and power amplifiers, multi-stage amplifiers, differential amplifiers, and special controller circuits. Circuit analysis problems are solved with breadboards and computer simulations.
EL 81 - Projects Laboratory (1)
Course designed to give electronics and computer technology students experience in the following techniques: identification of devices and components, soldering and desoldering, printed circuit assembly, electronics drafting, and chassis fabrication.
EL 101 - Science of Electronics (3) NEW - Satisfies the general education Science elective for your AA or AS degree.
Open to all students.
A survey of electronics technology in the context of the principles of science. The application of the methods of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to topics ranging from basic circuits to complex integrated devices, and the products that use them. Includes topics in electronic music, computers, robotics, digital communication, and a variety of existing technologies. Social, political, and economic impacts of electronic technology are explored. Electronics 002 is strongly recommended as an accompanying laboratory course.

EL 105 - Electrician's Examination Preparation (6)
Open to all students.

Prepares the student for the "General Journeyman Electrician" Certification examination of the State of California. Reviews electricity principles and fundamentals, installations and services, feeders and branch circuits, grounding and bonding, conductors and cables, Low-voltage circuits and communications, special occupancies, special equipment, motors, power and conditioning equipment, testing/testing equipment, lighting, raceways and boxes, emergency systems, fire detection and alarm systems.
EL 152 - Electronics II (4) CSU
Co-requisite: Electronics 151.
This course provides the essential mathematics necessary to support the theory and laboratory practices of Electronics 151. Extensive use of the calculator is emphasized as a tool for quick and accurate computations involved in circuit analysis. Topics include Ohm’s Law, circuit formulas, and powers, roots, trigonometric functions, and logarithms as they are applied to electronic circuit problems.
EL 155 - Electronics V (4) CSU
Prerequisite: Electronics 153.
This course provides advanced theory related to electronic devices and their analog applications. Topics include oscillators, regulated power supplies, analog-digital and digital-analog-convertors; introduction to radio frequency theory, modulation, transmission line, antenna, analog systems as in example of audio and video analog systems. The laboratory provides hands-on skills in the design, construction, and troubleshooting of typical circuits and the use of test equipment.
EL 156 - Electronics VI (4) CSU
Prerequisite: Electronics 154.
(Tentative Definition) This course provides advanced theory and operation of digital devices including large microprocessors, Input/Output devices used with microprocessor-based systems, embedded controllers and their programming, programmable logic arrays, and microprocessors as system elements. The course emphasizes system and circuit design and low-level software as is typical of robotics, automation, and entertainment.