Q: What is Computer and Information Technology?
Computers and networks have become essential in most segments of our society and enable us to improve the quality of our lives and to increase our productivity. Their use has resulted in significant advances in medicine, science, education, business, industry and government. Computer and information technology incorporates the study of information structure and processing in all its varied forms. The term Information Technology (IT) is an "umbrella" term that encompasses Information Systems, Information Science and Computer Science.
Q: What is the difference between Information Systems, Information Science, and Computer Science?
Q: I have very little experience in using a computer – essentially, I know how to turn it on and surf the Net. Is this enough knowledge to start a CIT program?
All CIT degree and certification programs assume a comfort level with using computers in a Windows environment. Students have this background from a variety of sources. You should be comfortable in doing the following types of computer tasks:
This represents prerequisite knowledge for CIT-111 and CIT-115, the foundation courses for the CIT curriculum. If you don't have these skills, CCAC offers a one-credit pass/fail course entitled CIT-600 Introduction to Windows, which covers the basic user interface. CCAC also offers a three-credit computer literacy course entitled CIT-100 Computer Fundamentals & Applications, which goes into more depth with using Windows applications.
Q: I want to take an introductory programming course. Where should I start?
CIT-111 is an introduction to programming, using Java programming language as a vehicle.
Q: I have some previous experience with programming (COBOL or Fortran or Pascal or Visual Basic) and am interested in taking CIT-130 Object-Oriented Programming: Java. Can I take this course
You should take CIT Professional Certification equivalency page. Some CIT courses have credit-by-exams if you feel you have certain knowledge but do not hold a particular certification credential. Please see a CIT Department Head (listed on the Faculty pages) to see if an exam is available for a CIT course.