A complete history of computing would include a multitude of diverse devices such as the ancient Chinese abacus, the Jacquard loom (1805) and Charles Babbage’s “analytical engine” (1834). Shortly after delivery of the Atari VCS game console, Atari designs two microcomputers with game capabilities: the Model 400 and Model 800. The 400 served primarily as a game console, while the 800 was more of a home computer. Both faced strong competition from the Apple II, Commodore PET, and TRS-80 computers. Atari’s 8-bit computers were influential in the arts, especially in the emerging DemoScene culture of the 1980s and ’90s.
Steve Jobs, forced out of Apple in 1985, founds a new company – NeXT. The computer he created, an all-black cube was an important innovation. The NeXT had three Motorola microprocessors and 8 MB of RAM. Its base price was $6,500. Some of its other innovations were the inclusion of a magneto-optical (MO) disk drive, a digital signal processor and the NeXTSTEP programming environment (later released as OPENSTEP). This object-oriented multitasking operating system was groundbreaking in its ability to foster rapid development of software applications. OPENSTEP was used as one of the foundations for the new Mac OS operating system soon after NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1996.
Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Computer Engineering Technology ties together Automation andÂ Robotics with networking and data handling. Graduates will be well placed to work in modern automated factories including those implementing IoT and Industry 4.0.Â Industrial applications include PLC programming, Human Machine Interfacing, pneumatic and hydraulic interfacing and control and Electrical Drive implementations. In addition students gain an understanding of the basics of electrical and electronic systems, microcontrollers and embedded systems on their way to the development of web interfaces and network enabled applications.
B.S. CIT majors follow a modified General Education program, depending upon the year they enter the program and their enrollment status as a college student. Returning and transfer students should consult an academic advisor before planning their general education programs. B.S. CIT students are required to take courses in the following GE sections: Analytical Reading and Expository Writing (3 units), Oral Communication (3 units), Social Sciences (6 units), Arts and Humanities (6 units), Comparative Cultural Studies (6 units), and U.S. Government and History (6 units). Nine units of the GE requirements must be upper division (300-plus) courses that are certified as writing intensive. Two GE courses must meet the Information Competence requirement. All other GE requirements are met through completion of courses in the major. All students should discuss Plan R requirements and plan class schedules with theirÂ academic advisor.