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Computer Support Specialist

10-154-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 62 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

With this degree you’ll be the “go to” IT professional in your organization. As a computer support specialist, you work with freestanding and networked desktop computers. Your job is to deliver the productivity and efficiency promised by computer hardware and software manufacturers. Learn to analyze information needs and identify alternative hardware and software solutions. You’ll gain skills to plan and develop application systems, implement the systems, and train others to use them effectively. You’ll master a variety of operating systems and software applications, as well as computer hardware. With the knowledge and skills you acquire in this program, you’ll be prepared to support, monitor and maintain a variety of computing devices.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Technical Studies (47 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Computing Essentials
Provides students with a foundation in information technology and the use of information systems in today’s business environment. Students explore fundamental computer concepts and terminology of the World Wide Web, e-mail, emerging technologies, hardware and software components and devices, programming languages, network basics, operating systems, and ethics.
IT Service Desk Concepts
Introduces how people, processes, technology, and information affect an IT Service Desk. Students are introduced to industry standard ITIL terminology and practices and develop skills working with customers in a Service Desk setting. Explains basic concepts and implementation of a training plan and how to train end-users.
Device Repair and Maintenance
Covers configuring, maintaining, upgrading and repairing Intel-based computers and exploring functions and interrelations between components. The course examines system configuration, component care, system improvement, troubleshooting and failure identification.
College Success: On Course
This course prepares students for the unexpected ways in which college differs from other levels of schooling, and sharpens skills that are easily transferable to work, home and career. Students learn proven tools, tips and techniques that make the goal of college completion easier, more fun, and more personally rewarding. The best time to take this is 1st semester.
Enterprise Client
Introduces students to the skills needed to support client PC Operating Systems. Through significant hands-on activities, learn how to configure, secure, utilize and troubleshoot client operating systems.
Coreq: College Success: On Course 10890100 or IT Career Exploration 10107187
Microcomputer Applications
Designed for students with little or no hands-on computer experience. Presents the basic functions of the Windows operating system and how to use the word processing, spreadsheet and presentation functions of Microsoft Office software. Students will integrate various functions of several Microsoft packages.
Linux Essentials - Just Enough Linux
Covers Basic Linux topics including operating system basics, file management, graphic user interfaces and the command line interface.
Information Assurance
Examines the basics of information security, including access control and organizational security policies. This course will include the process of securing user workstations, laptops and mobile devices.
Network Essentials
Provides an introduction to networking theory and technologies, including the basics of communication, common protocols, the OSI model, network topologies, local network media, network devices, network security and networking tools. Includes more in-depth study of the components of TCP/IP, Ethernet, and wireless networks. Involves considerable time developing troubleshooting skills.
IT Customer Service Skills
Covers the interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills required in technical support positions. Exercises provide interaction with other learners in a team. Students explore the information and technical tools needed to function effectively in a support position. Students will be expected to schedule an additional hour each week in the on-campus Student Help Desk, developing skills working with customers in a help desk setting.
Advanced Desktop Management
Provides students with the background needed to build the knowledge and skills to support end-users and computers running the Microsoft suite of productivity applications. The course is directed at the skills needed to work in a variety of environments, including corporate environments as well as support for home users via phone support, remote support and retail counter support.
Prereq: Enterprise Client 10154110; Active in A+ Certification OR Instructor Approval
IT Student Help Desk
Provides hands-on and customer service experiences for IT students to practice help desk related concepts. Experiences include customer service skills, contact management, troubleshooting and device servicing, as well as, consulting with customers regarding upgrades or purchases.
IT Professional Skills
Examines and identifies job-seeking, job-keeping and interviewing techniques, strategies for identifying and meeting external and internal customer needs as well as good listening skills and techniques for dealing with difficult customers. Also covers time management, team dynamics, continual improvement processes and global business practices.
Prereq: Systems Analysis 10107158 or JavaScript/jQuery 10152133 or C# Intermediate 10152116 or Adv Desktop Management 10154105 or Desktop Repair & Maint 10154106 or Network Service & Support 10150124 or PC Repair & Maint 10150113 or PHP 10152121
Covers introductory Linux topics including operating system basics, system installation, file system management, file system administration and basic commands. Considerable hands-on learning is included.
Windows PowerShell Scripting
Teaches everything you need to know to begin developing your own Windows PowerShell scripts. This involves learning how to interact with the Windows PowerShell command line, learning about Microsoft's .NET framework and how to work with other Windows technologies, such as the Windows registry, as you learn how to become a PowerShell programmer.
Windows Server
Covers Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 administration including server hardware and software, Active Directory, file resources, printers, disk resources, Web resources, DNS and DHCP. Monitoring and troubleshooting server resources are also examined. Extensive hands-on activities are included.
Emerging Technologies and Trends
Explores the acquisition and support roles of PC peripheral technologies. Learn to use different learning methodologies to develop and present a Portfolio of Assessment. Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on applications, students examine file formats, digital imaging (cameras, scanners and video), printer technologies, PDAs, storage devices, sound technologies and displays.
Virtualization Technologies
Introduces virtualization technologies including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V. Hands-on lab activities will be used to install and configure each virtualized environment.
Prereq: Windows Server (10150156) OR Instructor approval
Network Infrastructure 1
Covers networking topics including the OSI model, local area and wide area networking. Also focuses on assigning network addresses and configuring network devices including Cisco routers and switches. Includes considerable hands-on learning activities and helps prepare learner for the Cisco CCNA exam.
Prereq: Network Essentials (10150162) OR Instructor approval
IT Project Management
Examines the organization, planning and controlling of projects; also provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources. Topics include project life cycle, work breakdown structure and Gantt charts, network diagrams, scheduling techniques and resource allocation decisions. Concepts are applied through team projects and tutorials using project management software.
Coreq: IT Career Skills (10107186) or IT Professional Skills (10107110)
IT Service Desk Capstone
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work in an IT Service Desk, including managing information technology hardware, software, creating business solutions, supporting computer networks, providing end user support and solving information technology problems all while demonstrating a high level of professionalism.
Prereq: IT Service Desk Concepts (10154109)

General Studies (15 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Written Communication
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Math & Logic
Students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases.
Prereq: Pre-Algebra (10834109) or ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.
Psychology of Human Relations
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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