Computer Security

Offered through Clinton County RESA and Eaton RESA

This program is offered through Clinton County RESA and Eaton RESA in partnership with Lansing Community College. Students who complete the requirements through year 13, will receive a MEMCA Certificate. Students who complete the additional courses listed, can receive an Associate Degree.

Program Description

This course provides an introduction to computers, their role in managing business information systems, their influence on society, and their use in personal productivity. Students will also gain skills to diagnose and correct problems that computer users encounter. The student receives practical hands-on experience in installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting computer hardware and software while developing their communication skills and professionalism. This course includes the two current comptia A+ certification exams that are required to receive comptia A+ certification. In addition, the student in this course learns the fundamentals of Local Area Networks (LANs) and related topics, including Wide Area Networking (WAN). Communication standards such as OSI 7-layer model are introduced.

Student learning outcomes include but are not limited to:

  • Identify the parts of a PC
  • Install, replace and upgrade common PC hardware components
  • Define and explain the functions and interactions of all PC subsystems
  • Tear down and rebuild a complete PC
  • Install and troubleshoot PC peripherals such as printers and modems
  • Install several common Operating Systems and use common tools for desktop system administration and problem diagnosis
  • Identify safety and security issues
  • Practice effective oral and written communication skills demonstrating clarity of thought and expression, including neatness, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Distinguish between wide area and local area networks, and describe characteristics of each
  • Describe common network components and how they connect to and communicate with each other
  • Describe the various ways data is represented and organized into packets or frames for transmission from one location to another
  • Discuss issues related to securing networks
  • Describe uses of networks in business
  • Explain the interrelationship between computer hardware and software development and society in an information age
  • Describe the various classes of computers, the hardware which they utilize, and types of applications for which they are developed

Program Details

Program Location

LCC West Campus

Careers

Computer Network Support Specialist
Computer User Support Specialist
Computer System Analyst

Median Wage

Computer Network Support Specialist: $29.97 hourly
Computer User Support Specialist: $24.14 hourly
Computer System Analyst: $42.44 hourly

Employment Outlook

Computer Network Support: 10-14%
Computer User Support Specialist: 10-14%
Computer System Analyst: 5-9%

Certifications

Comptia A+ certification

Success Indicators

Have strong problem solving skills, like to work with computers and  technology, highly organized, effective in a team setting and individually.

Required Reading

College level textbooks, 25+ pages/week