Certificate Program in Information, Technology, & Communication
Criteria for Admission
Application is made to the College of Adult Scholars. Since admission requirements differ from one program to another and depend on prior training and background, each applicant is considered on a case-by-case basis. Courses may be substituted or waived when appropriate, and 3 credits may be transferred from other programs. Certified students may enroll in a maximum of 11 credits per semester.

Communication & Information Management (17 credits)

Communication & Information Management is an 17-credit program designed for individuals wanting to develop proficiency in a variety of electronic applications related to communication and information. Certified students would possess an array of current technological skills relevant to publication, publicity, interoffice and electronic communication, and data management. They could understand and develop websites; work with desktop publishing; create, maintain, and manipulate data files; plan and design graphic presentation; and oversee office information systems.


Core Requirements 14 credits
COMM 110 Introduction to Internet Communication 3 cr
COMM 121 Communication Law
 3 cr
COMM 210 Organizational Communication 3 cr
COMM 230 Desktop Publishing 3 cr
IDS 110 Business Spreadsheet Applications 1 cr
IDS 111 Business Application Programming 1 cr
Electives 3 credits
COMM 261 Media Writing Styles 3 cr
COMM 265 Principles of Public Relations 3 cr
COMM 302  Communicatio Law & the Internet
3 cr
COMM 330 Advanced Desktop Publishing 3 cr
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 cr
IDS 310 e-Commerce and e-Business Technology
 3 cr

Title IV Information for Certificate Programs

The Valparaiso University Graduate School and Department of Continuing Education, in compliance with the Gainful Employment Disclosure Act, presents this information to you on our Title IV Eligible certificate programs.

CIP Code:  11.0801
Number of Weeks Allowed for Completion:  72
Credit Hours:  16
Type:  Semester
Tuition Fees:  $7680
Book Fees:  $750
Additional Fees:  $100 per semester
Credits Transferrable to Degree Program:  Yes
Students Completing Program in 2006-2011 in Time Allowed:  0
Total Students Enrolled in 2010 - 2011: 1
Median Loan Debt: 0
SOC Code: 15.1190
               Classification: Misc. Computer Operations                   Occupations
Job Placement Rates:  Unavailable

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Digital Systems (15 credits)
This program prepares students to design small digital circuits, write programs for microcomputers and controllers, develop web pages, or analyze computer networks.


Core Requirements
12 credits
ECE 221 Digital Logic Design
3 cr
ECE 251 Algorithms & Programming
3 cr
ECE 322/PHYS 322 Embedded Microcontrollers
3 cr
ECE 450 Digital Communication Systems
3 cr
Electives
3 credits
ECE 222 Advanced Logic Design
3 cr
ECE 252 Algorithms & Abstract Data Types
3 cr

Software Design (20 or 21 credits)
Software Design is a 20 to 21-credit certificate for developing proficiency in computer programming and design of software. This certificate is particularly appropriate for natural science business, and engineering professionals needing to broaden their understanding of software design. A certified student possesses fundamental skills for general programming and in-depth knowledge of the current programming language JAVA. Graduates are able to adapt to new programming environments with a minimum of training and if desired, are prepared for entry into graduate study in computer science.


Core Requirements 17 credits
CS 157 Algorithms & Programming 4 cr
CS 158 Algorithms & Abstract Data Types 4 cr
CS 246 Computer Architecture & Programming 3 cr
CS 257 Data Structures & Programming Language 4 cr
CS 358
Software Design & Development
4 cr
Electives 3-4 credits
CS 332 Database & Artificial Intelligence 4 cr
CS 347 Operating Systems & Networking 4 cr
CS 365 Interactive Computer Graphics 3 cr


Information Technology (20 credits)
Information Technology is a 20-credit certificate on how to "use" rather that how to "design" computer systems. It combines software coursework in programming with several applications courses that deal with software systems and how they work. The 250 College of Adult Scholars program is open to any individual having an undergraduate degree (with some basic math), but is most useful to science and business majors. A certified student could work with digital communication systems as a programmer or analyst, understand communication protocols and manage computer networks or internet resources. Digital Systems is for individuals who need to refresh or upgrade an existing engineering or science education by learning more about computer systems. This 20-credit program provides modest depth of exposure to a variety of computer engineering topics. Certified students would understand computer software and hardware well enough to apply them to their primary discipline. They would be able to design small digital circuits, write programs for both microcomputers and controllers, develop web pages and analyze computer networks.


Core Requirements
20 credits
CS 157/ECE 251 Algorithms & Programming
3 cr
CS 158/ECE 252 Algorithms & Abstract Data Types
3 cr
CS 246 Computer Architecture & Programming
3 cr
CS 257 Data Structures & Programming Languages
4 cr
CS 347 Operating Systems & Networking
3 cr
ECE 450 Digital Communication Systems
3 cr