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Information Technology - IT

Computer Applications

Computer Applications is a first-year course that prepares students with the necessary computer skills required for more advanced computer classes (i.e. Advanced Computers, Web Design, Graphic Arts, Video Production, Desktop Publishing, Accounting, etc.). This course focuses on introducing students to computers and the basic functions of applications including: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. Students will learn how to type business letters, format letters and reports, insert graphics, create spreadsheets including formula functions, creating flyers and brochures, advertisements, and presenting projects using PowerPoint Presentation to mention a few.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

 

Computer Programming I

This course is designed as an introductory course for students planning to enter into the field of computer programming in high school, college and/or business. Student will develop a variety of programming skills using software that meets the current industry standard. This course satisfies the Computer Education graduation requirement or 5-unit math credit. Satisfies UC/CSU elective requirement when taken in 11th or 12th grade.

PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of “C” or better in second semester of Algebra I, or equivalent, or teacher approval.

 

Computer Programming II

This course is designed for students planning to enter into the field of computer programming in high school, college and/or business as a continuation of Computer Programming I. Student will develop a variety of programming skills using software that meets the current industry standard. This course satisfies the Computer Education graduation requirement or 5-unit math credit. Satisfies UC/CSU elective requirement when taken in 11th or 12th grade.

PREREQUISITE(S): Grade of “B” or better in Computer Programming or teacher approval.

 

Exploring Computer Science

This course is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. The course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science AB is to develop the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students.

Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements. PREREQUISITE(S): Algebra 1 with a “C” or better

 

AP Computer Science

The goals of this course are comparable to those in the introductory sequence of courses for computer science majors at the university level. This course is intended to serve as both an introductory course for computer science majors and for those students whose majors will require significant involvement with computing. Students who enroll in this course are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement examination given in May. A score of 3, 4 or 5 on the examination will enable the student to obtain 3 semester units of college credit in computer science at participating universities.

Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements. PREREQUISITE(S): Successful completion of Algebra II or approval from the instructor in lieu of the math requirement. Students who sign up for AP classes after the registration period will be accommodated on a space available basis.

 

Web Design

Web Design explores the historical and rapidly changing trends in the field of web development. Through design projects for the web, students develop problem-solving skills, artistic perception, critical thinking and self-reflection. With an awareness of design solutions throughout history in various cultures, students will understand the impact of the arts and design on human experience. Students will also learn methods and theory such as elements and principle of design to enhance their artistic vision and style. Design critiques and presentation will provide opportunities for students to grow as design artists. All experiences will focus on developing perception and the application of the elements of art and principle of design through contemporary design applications and web design. The class will explore web page design, planning, layout and construction, setup and maintenance of a website, HTML, CSS Javascript and various web page and image creation tools. The course is designed to provide the necessary skills and training for an entry-level position in the field of Web Design.

Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements. (pending) PREREQUISITE(S): Algebra I with a “C” or better

 

Technical Drawing

This course trains students to interpret and make working drawings, blueprints and plans utilizing Computer Aided Drafting software. Students planning careers in Engineering, Architecture, Landscaping, Construction or Fashion Design should complete Technical Drawing I. This is the beginning course in our STEM Pathway. Its purpose is to introduce students to the fields of drafting and engineering. They will become proficient at using drafting standards, create accurate multi-view and 3D drawings by hand or with Autocad software. Students will be prepared to enter entry-level jobs as engineering technicians and/or enroll as freshmen in a 4-year Engineering program.

Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements. (pending) PREREQUISITES(S): Algebra, Geometry and/or concurrent enrollment in Geometry and/or permission of instructor.

 

 

Instructors

Lisa Giacalone
Department Chair
Information Technology
Pathway Advisor

AP Computer Science
Exploring Computer Science
Computer Programming
ROP Robotics & Engineering

David King
Computer Applications

Jeff Lindell
Technical Drawing (CAD)

Dameon Porter
Web Design