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IT - Software Developer
Program Code: 10-152-1


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 70 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As a software developer, you typically develop computer applications for a business. You may be asked to analyze business problems or needs leading to designing, writing or maintaining program code to provide a solution for this need. For example, an application program may tell the computer to produce a company's payroll checks, bill customers or keep track of inventory. Your duties may vary according to the type of computer platform and software environment used by the employer. You may work exclusively with PC software and hardware, or you may have to interface to other systems or the web.


Program Description

Computer application development skills are developed as you design, code and test typical business application programs using various languages. A variety of instructional methods and business computing-related study prepare you to enter the Information Technology job market. You learn basic computer concepts and terminology. A combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, projects and assignments provide you with practice. This is done using industry-standard software. You develop skills in database concepts and applications, data manipulation, problem solving and general language architecture.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: Successful completion of the IT Entrance Evaluation is required to register for Business Information Technology Tools, course #10107137. However, you may opt out of this evaluation by successfully completing the Microcomputer Applications course, #10107150.


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand and participate in structured System Development Life Cycle tasks of an information system from an initial request through implementation and system operation.
  • Develop logical problem solving skills that incorporate critical thinking, technical manuals, web resources and programming utilities.
  • Design and implement relational databases and process data using SQL.
  • Develop applications that interact with normalized relational databases.
  • Develop applications using various languages, techniques and object-oriented principles.
  • Understand basic network and communications concepts.
  • Understand how to prevent data loss by implementing both personal and corporate security procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with team members and customers.
  • Document projects and programs.
  • Work collaboratively with others on a team.
  • Exhibit ethical, responsible and dependable behavior.
  • Recognize the need for continuous lifelong learning.
  • Solve problems both individually and in a team environment.

Program Offered at These Locations
  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Algebra, geometry, keyboarding, communication arts, speech, accounting and other business courses prepare you for this program.


Contact Us

To begin, during the Academic year (August 18 – May 18) contact:

FVTC-Appleton
Glen Orsburn
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277
(920) 831-4364
orsburn@fvtc.edu

During Summer term (May 18 – August 18) contact:

FVTC-Appleton
Doug Waterman
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277
(920) 831-4366
waterman@fvtc.edu

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program