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IT Fundamentals ITFN.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 18 Credit Hours

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Science and Information Technology
Effective as of Fall 2022

What is the program about?

This certificate provides the fundamental courses needed to prepare for any of the multiple Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs or areas of specialization. It allows students to experience introductory courses in various disciplines as preparation for their chosen degree objective. All courses in this certificate apply to the various degree programs in the Computer Science and Information Technology Department.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will understand modern programming techniques and languages. They will also understand the systems development methodology used in creating software systems in current environments.
  • Students will understand various computer operating systems, including Windows, Linux and Mac, application software (word processing, spreadsheets and databases) and the underlying hardware elements of modern computers.
  • Students will understand the hardware, operating system software and protocols that enable modern networks.

Career Opportunities

Entry level positions in various areas including user support, system administration and network management will be available to students completing this certificate. Many employers are quite willing to provide job specific training to employees already possessing the broad technical experiences in this certificate. Students completing this certificate and a specific CIS degree program will be further prepared for specific employment opportunities.


One of the courses in the certificate (CIS 1130) will help students prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. This is a vendor neutral certification widely accepted in the Information Technology field.

Additional Information

This program is available in the following format:

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Course Title Credits
BIS 1105 (IT Fundamentals) OR BIS 1120 (Introduction to Software Applications) 3
CIS 1107 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CIS 1111 Introduction to Problem Solving & Computer Programming 3
CIS 1130 Network Fundamentals 3
CIS 1140 Information Systems Analysis & Design 3
CIS 2165 Database Management 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.