The Computer Technology (CT) program has been developed to provide training in the principles underlying the design of modern computer systems. Students in bachelor’s degree programs in computer technology explore operating systems, networking, security protocols and hardware. Some degree programs allow students to choose a concentration, like internet technology and multimedia, database development, or digital security. Graduates may be prepared for entry-level positions and professional certification. To be eligible for admission, students should have their high school diplomas and acceptable ACT or SAT scores, along with some experience with computers.
This course covers the legal and ethical issues that IT professionals should be knowledgeable of. Case studies will be used to illustrate recent events in the businesses and transactions related to IT. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to analyze the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society from a legal and ethical perspective.
Apple enters the handheld computer market with the Newton. Dubbed a Personal Data Assistant” by Apple President John Scully in 1992, the Newton featured many of the features that would define handheld computers in the following decades. The handwriting recognition software was much maligned for inaccuracy. The Newton line never performed as well as hoped and was discontinued in 1998.
In 1984, Michael Dell creates PC’s Limited while still a student of the University of Texas at Austin. The dorm-room headquartered company sold IBM PC-compatible computers built from stock components. Dell dropped out of school to focus on his business and in 1985, the company produced the first computer of its own design, the Turbo PC, which sold for $795. By the early 1990s, Dell became one of the leading computer retailers.
Business, management, and entrepreneurship are good choices of minors or certifications for computer science majors; they will help you understand the broader economic and market context of what you are doing, provide leadership skills that can help you earn promotion, and give you confidence to strike out on your own as a tech business owner. The costs of these programs can vary. Those interested should contact the admissions departments of universities they are considering. It is also important for students to budget for travel and living expenses.