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Software Developer Associate Degree

Program Code: 101521

This two-year program prepares its learners to design, develop and test business application software using various leading programming languages. Graduates will be proficient in HTML, C#, Java, PHP, ASP.NET, and SQL along with various supporting technologies in networking, database development, documentation, and system analysis and design. Graduates will be prepared to support the software development needs of businesses in a wide variety of industries. Training blends general education development with required IT technical skills. All courses are offered in an in-person format and some are also offered online for additional flexibility.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Programmer: Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Software Developer: Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Systems Analyst
• Database Administrator
• Software Architect
• Software Consultant/Trainer
• Industry Certifications such as, Microsoft Specialist Programming C#, Microsoft Technology Associate, Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
• One year of high school algebra completed.
• Ability to use computer keyboard and mouse.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Alternative Delivery Options

Weekend Academy

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WEEKEND ACADEMY Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Software Developer associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-105-101
Career Planning
1
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-152-140
IT:Program:Logic-Intro
1
10-152-140 IT:PROGRAM:LOGIC-INTRO ...techniques for developing computer programs to solve business problems; includes logic, structure, flowcharting, comparing, looping, variables, arrays, file processing, objects, methods, properties, events, data validation, testing procedures.
10-152-173
IT:Program:Part 1 (C#)
3
10-152-173 IT:PROGRAM:PART 1 (C#) ...provides a foundation of syntax/semantics of C# .NET programming language to develop Windows-based/ Web-based applications. Covers the architecture of Microsoft's .NET platform where C# is the native language.
10-152-185
Website Coding
3
10-152-185 WEBSITE CODING ...create code for generating the structure, function, and design of static websites using standards-based HTML5 and CSS3; validate code; test multi-browser and multi-device functionality.
10-154-125
IT:Web:Database Development
3
10-154-125 IT:WEB:DATABASE DEVELOPMENT ...database uses, database terminology, analyzing information requirements, data models, database design phases, entity relationships, normalization processes, database management systems, database objects, development environments, creating tables, writing queries using SQL, testing.
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-804-133
Math & Logic
3
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs.
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-152-174
IT:Program:Part 2 (C#)
3
10-152-174 IT:PROGRAM:PART 2 (C#) ...object-oriented concepts and C# .NET syntax, focus on file/data access and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications which incorporate n-tier design principles, patterns, collections, initializers, XML, streams, serialization, encryption and LINQ. (Prerequisites: 10-154-125, IT:Web:Database Development; 10-152-173, IT:Program:Part 1 (C#))
10-152-180
IT:Web:Scripting-JavaScript
3
10-152-180 IT:WEB:SCRIPTING-JAVASCRIPT ...integrate JavaScript into interactive HTML5 pages, create user-defined functions, complete form validation, use objects within the Document Object Model, debug code, and test browser compatibility. (Prerequisite: 10-152-185, Website Coding)
10-152-184
IT:Web:Programming-SQL
3
10-152-184 IT:WEB:PROGRAMMING-SQL ...write queries in a relational database: creating tables, setting primary/foreign keys, populating tables, manipulating data and reporting. Explore join types, stored procedures, functions, and database administration SQL statements. (Prerequisite: 10-154-125, IT:Web:Database Development)
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-801-197
Technical Reporting
3
10-801-197 REPORT WRITING - SCIENTIFIC ...principals of scientific report writing including reports, abstracts, style sheets and templates.
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-105-103
Career Preparation
1
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)
10-152-141
IT:Program:Part 3 (Java)
3
10-152-141 IT:PROGRAM:PART 3 (JAVA) ...apply programming and object-oriented design concepts using the Java language. Design concepts and programming tools will be integrated with an emphasis on practical business solutions. (Prerequisite: 10-152-174, IT:Program:Part 2 (C#))
10-152-150
IT:Program:Systems Analy/Des
3
10-152-150 IT:PROGRAM:SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN ...apply the steps of systems analysis and design including preliminary investigations, setting objectives, establishing costs/benefits, and collecting data. Develop specifications for outputs, inputs, files, procedures, and controls of business systems. (Prerequisites: 10-152-184, IT:Web:Programming-SQL; 10-152-174, IT:Program:Part 2 (C#))
10-152-151
IT:Program:SQL-Advanced
3
10-152-151 IT:PROGRAM:SQL-ADVANCED ...write advanced SQL statements, design robust databases and write Extract, Transfer, Load (ETL) processes. Additional topics include database transformations, alternate database technologies, emerging database trends and database administration/security. (Prerequisite: 10-152-184, IT:Web:Programming-SQL)
10-152-153
IT:Program:Team Software Dev
3
10-152-153 IT:PROGRAM:TEAM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ...introduces Agile software development methodology using small teams to take an application through its entire life cycle including project management, requirements gathering, analysis, design, development, unit/regression testing, deployment and maintenance. (Prerequisites: 10-152-184, IT:Web:Programming-SQL; 10-152-174, IT:Program: Part 2 (C#))
10-809-166
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-107-195
IT:Training
2
10-107-195 IT:TRAINING ...effective presentation skills, plan training content and delivery methods, write lesson plans, provide training materials, conduct training sessions, and assess learners' grasp of stated objectives. (Prerequisites: 10-154-160, IT:Support:Software-Intro OR 10-152-173, IT:Program:Part 1 (C#))
10-152-142
IT:Program:Part 4 (Java)
3
10-152-142 IT:PROGRAM:PART 4 (JAVA) ...focuses on the server side of application programming for the Web. Topics include: inheritance, exception handling, advanced GUI applications, applets and array lists. (Prerequisites: 10-152-180, IT:Web:Scripting-Javascript; 10-152-141, IT:Program:Part 3 (Java))
10-152-154
IT:Program:Mobile Apps Dev
3
10-152-154 IT:PROGRAM:MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT ...design and construct programs/applications for mobile devices such as the iPhone, Droid, and/or others. Hands-on activities using an SDK (software development kit), along with instructions and guidelines for application deployment. (Prerequisites: 10-152-180, IT:Web:Scripting-Javascript; 10-152-141, IT:Program: Part 3 (Java))
10-152-183
IT:Web:Scripting-ASP.NET
3
10-152-183 IT:WEB:SCRIPTING-ASP.NET ...build interactive, database-driven websites with ASP.NET and C# with Visual Studio, handling web form events, using ASP.NET controls, designing master pages, managing state, and interacting with databases with ASP.NET data-bound controls. (Prerequisites: 10-154-125, IT:Web:Database Development; 10-152-180, IT:Web:Client Script-JavaScript; 10-152-173, IT: Program Part 1 (C#))
10-152-199
IT:Software:Career Experience
2
10-152-199 IT:SOFTWARE:CAREER EXPERIENCE ...Students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related, or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
68
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition 1 to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

Program Outcomes

• Design software systems
• Integrate database technology
• Develop software applications
• Develop technical documentation

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Industry Credentials

With additional education students may obtain industry certifications such as Microsoft Specialist Programming C#, Microsoft Technology Associate, Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during the year contact your academic advisor.

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