Cybersecurity: Business Computer Fundamentals - Certificate

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Faculty Adviser

Dr. Wayne Machuca: 503-491-7631 | Room AC2776 |

The purpose of this credential is to present fundamental business cyber security skills and structures common to most small and medium-sized businesses. This program is intended for individuals with basic computer awareness. In this program, students will be exposed to general cyber security topics in an up-to-date and investigatory environment, learn the language of computer hackers, learn general network design techniques, and create a business plan for the inevitable hack event. Please note: All core (CIS, ISTM) courses must be completed within 5 years of starting the program.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify the major components of a computer system
  • Describe how different computer components work together to make a system 
  • Describe the basic hardware and software (applications and operating systems) necessary to provide basic computer functionality 
  • Demonstrate proficiency using a common word processing software 
  • Demonstrate proficiency using a common spread sheets software 
  • Design and create a simple web site

For the most part, courses that fulfill general education requirements can be taken in any term. Students should work with the faculty adviser(s) to create a custom academic plan based on course placement levels, career goals, and full time/part time status.

Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.

Plan of Study Grid
First QuarterCredits
BT125 Microsoft Word Training (Course offered online) 3
CIS120 Computer Concepts I (Course offered online) 3
CIS125SS Spreadsheets (Course offered online) 3
CIS197HTM Web Authoring: HTML5 and CSS3 (Course offered online) 3
 Total Credits12

The Business Computer Fundamentals program is not financial aid eligible. However, the related degree program, Cybersecurity and Networking is aid eligible.

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