This degree prepares the student for careers such as computer application programmer, medical records specialist, computer security professional, database administrator, computer system manager, computer network manager, software engineer, Management Information Systems (MIS) manager, customer support engineer, computer sales representative, or educator and trainer in the field of computer applications. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and values required to enhance the quality of life for self and others in the home, workplace and the local and global community through an exploration of selected broad goals of education in the areas of aesthetics, civic life, culture, personal development, society, work and the economy, science and technology.
This certificate is designed to give you extensive knowledge of computer applications, equipping you to be successful in your professional and educational careers while giving you skills to transition to the technology of the future. By completing this certificate, you will become a power user of office software applications, using these applications to build Web sites, develop software training modules, create interactive IT products, and complete a service learning product.
The first practical stored-program computer to provide a regular computing service, EDSAC is built at Cambridge University using vacuum tubes and mercury delay lines for memory. The EDSAC project was led by Cambridge professor and director of the Cambridge Computation Laboratory, Maurice Wilkes. Wilkes’ ideas grew out of the Moore School lectures he had attended three years earlier. One major advance in programming was Wilkes’ use of a library of short programs, called subroutines,â€ stored on punched paper tapes and used for performing common repetitive calculations within a lager program.
Advertised as the first 100% IBM PC-compatible computer, the Compaq Portable can run the same software as the IBM PC. With the success of the clone, Compaq recorded first-year sales of $111 million, the most ever by an American business in a single year. The success of the Portable inspired many other early IBM-compatible computers. Compaq licensed the MS-DOS operating system from Microsoft and legally reverse-engineered IBM’s BIOS software. Compaq’s success launched a market for IBM-compatible computers that by 1996 had achieved an 83-percent share of the personal computer market.