Explore Information Technology Fundamentals
Build fundamental IT skills and enter this in-demand field with a credential employers will respect with Champlain's online information technology fundamentals certificate.
We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our information technology fundamentals certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, an online information technology certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.
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Gain New Skills With a Certificate
Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all new occupations.*
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons To Pursue a Certificate
- Enter a new field
- Build new skills
- Gain knowledge on your way toward a degree
- Differentiate your resume
- Earn a credential
- Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online information technology fundamentals undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online information technology courses encompass the top skills needed by today's IT professionals.
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
This course will introduce foundation subject matter and technologies that are critical to the multidisciplinary landscape of cybersecurity.
Complete CMIT-130 and CMIT-135.
This course is a thorough review of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Suite, which is the de underlying de facto communications protocol standard suite of the Internet. Students will use the Wireshark software to analyze the operation of services provided by TCP/IP, troubleshoot common issues and gain an understanding of related security and management issues.
This course covers the fundamentals of systems analysis while emphasizing the role of communication and other soft skills needed in IT and in business overall to be successful. The topics are useful for anyone who is involved in developing software system requirements and architectures (e.g., users, technical managers, product managers, technical leads, programmers, other software project team members, and clients).
Graduates of the online information technology fundamentals certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Identify essential network components and methods of communication, including TCP/IP, and diagram basic networks to specification.
- Develop and test basic Python applications.
- Explain key concepts of database design and use Structured Query Language to manipulate data.
- Discuss fundamental cybersecurity concepts, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
- Distinguish the traditional, structured approach from the object-oriented approach to systems development.
- Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Champlain College Online's information technology faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s IT professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of information technology, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
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