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Information Systems & Communication Technology

Associate of Applied Technology


The Information Systems Associate of Applied Technology Program has been designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in information systems settings, such as IT service providers or business office settings. Students completing our Information Systems Technician Program can now earn an associate degree in just an additional six months.

Typical careers for Information Systems entering the field include, but are not limited to: Computer Operator, Computer Support Specialist, Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers, Electronics Technician, and IT Technician.

65 Semester Credit Hours

61 Weeks (15 Months)

Accredited by the COE

This course may lead to certification with the Fiber Optics Association.

This course may lead to certification with the Electronics Technicians Association.


Business Ethics

This course will focus on ethical issues and scenarios that relate directly to employees and their work environment. Students will develop a clearer sense of how, as a future employee, their corporate code of ethics will relate to operational decisions made on a daily basis. Focus will be placed on organizational ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, role of government, blowing the whistle, and ethics and technology.

Introduction to Psychology

This course provides broad coverage of the field of psychology, introducing the basic concepts, theories, and applications that constitute the discipline. Topics covered include: sensation and perception, sleep and dreams, classical and operant conditioning, foundations of memory, motivation and emotion, nature and nurture, and personality.

Earth Science

This course introduces fundamental scientific concepts in Earth Science. Students will explore a broad spectrum of earth science topics from Earth’s position in the solar system to the delicate ecological systems on Earth’s surface. Topics covered include: the scientific method, motions of earth, earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, winds, atmosphere, weather, climate, oceans, and ecology and the environment.

College Math

This course covers basic mathematical topics in college math through everyday applications. The course first reviews fundamental math concepts such as whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, and decimals and then applies them to ration, rate, proportion and percent problems. Students will also be introduced to basic algebra concepts including simplifying, factoring, combining, and evaluating algebraic expressions.

Business Computer Applications

This course provides an overview of current software packages used in the business environment. Students will learn to create, edit, print, and save effective documents using word processing software as well as the basics of creating a graphical slide show using presentation software. Instruction will include using software to create and edit spreadsheets with embedded charts and graphs. Real world application projects will test students’ skills in these applications

U.S. History

This course presents a general overview of the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the Reconstruction Era. It explores the cultural, political, geographical, economical, and technological changes that have shaped the United States as a nation. Through a chronological study of major events, people, and turning points in U.S. history, this course also provides tools for the critical thinking skills needed to interpret historical methods, points of view, and the meanings of events in historical contexts.

AC/DC Electronics & Electronic Components

This course will focus on the fundamentals of electricity, electrical theory and mathematics for circuitry will be discussed in this course. Focus will be on direct current, alternating current, series and parallel circuits, and passive and active components. This course will additionally discuss digital devices and circuits, and communication electronics, to include: radio frequency circuits, modulation, transmitters and receivers, digital transmission, multiplexing, demultiplexing, transmission lines, antennas, and microwaves. Safety for Computer Technicians will be reviewed throughout the class.

Java Programming

This course will teach the significance of object-oriented programming. Students will learn the keywords and constructs of the Java programming language and the steps required to create simple Java technology programs.

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

This course will provide learners with principles of data and technology that frame and define cybersecurity. Students will gain insight into the importance of cybersecurity and the integral role of cybersecurity personnel. Focus is on cybersecurity principles, security architecture, risk management, attacks, incidents, and IT and IS technologies

Computer Hardware

This course explores the essential parts of a computer with focus on the motherboard, the CPU, the BIOS, and input and output systems. Students will learn assembly, updating, and troubleshooting of these components in laboratory projects. Mass data storage and printing systems will also be discussed.

Computer Operating Systems (Windows)

This course covers file systems, installation and setup, system management, and networking with Windows OS. Focus is on hard disk preparation, memory management, the command prompt, disk management, utilities, and troubleshooting basic networking issues.

Computer Networks

This course provides a closer examination of basic computer networking as well as network operation and the practical application of networks. Topics covered include: network structure and models, cabling, protocols, and remote connectivity. Students will also practice installing and administering a home and small business network.


This course is an introduction to Linux operating systems and applications. Topics discussed are: open source software, Linux distributions, preparing for Linux, installing Linux, configuring Linux, live disks, Linux file systems, installing software, and security. Students will learn to install Linux as a domain controller on a Windows network and as a standard (LAMP) server.

Web Technologies & Database Management

This course will focus on internet fundamentals, web design, using hand-coded HTML, CSS, web editors (CMS), PHP, and MySQL. Emphasis is also placed on creating and managing databases using PHP and MySQL.

Basic Fiber Optics

The Basic Fiber Optics Installation Technology course is an introduction to fiber optics. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamentals of light wave technology, basic optical theory, optical fiber technology, components & connectors, the splicing process, fiber optics applications, optical signals, system performance measurements and proper fiber optic lab safety.

Fiber to the Premises/Home/Curb (FTTx)

Students in this course will learn why FTTx is being implemented today, including technical, marketing and financial justifications; the types of FTTx architectures being used, advantages, and disadvantages of each and types of components required; Technical details of specialized FTTx components like splitters and wavelength-division multiplexers and requirements for cables, connectors, splices and hardware; the design and installation requirements particular to FTTx; and the specialized safety requirements of FTTx. Hands on labs examine testing and troubleshooting FTTx links. .

Certified Premises Cabling (CPCT)

This course will focus on understanding the technology and processes involved in fiber, copper, and wireless in structured cabling, as well as the components and how they are used to build premises network cabling systems properly. Topics include: premises wiring; wiring installation practices; wireless; cabling for wireless. hands-on labs include: wiring (cable, punch downs, jacks, and plugs) and fiber optics (premises cabling, termination, and testing).

Career Development

This course offers an introduction to successful interviewing and resume development techniques. In addition, it provides information on effective networking and seeking out the appropriate job. Instruction is provided on correct workplace habits, professionalism, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Advanced Fiber Optics

The Advanced Fiber Optics Module builds on concepts and theories learned in Basic Fiber Optics. It is designed to give students a closer look at cable types and splicing as well as intensive hands on learning with industry standard equipment. Also students will be introduced to function and use of an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) as used for fiber optics testing

Fiber Optics Testing Specialty

This course is a continuation of Advanced Fiber Optics. Students will sharpen their fiber optics skills to become specialists in Fiber Optics Testing. Topics include: using power budgets to estimate loss when testing to verify results; modal effects on loss, using mode modifiers, standards requirements for mandrel wrap and source modal launch; using light source/power meter to make insertion loss tests, effects of launch cables, wavelength, 3 methods of setting “0 dB” reference; using OTDRs, using launch and/or receive cables, setting test parameters to get best results, bidirectional differences, ghosts, etc.; troubleshooting with VFL, source/PM, OTDR

Home Entertainment Networking

The program is designed to prepare the student for pre-wiring for home theater and telecommunications equipment interconnection, to include network wiring for cable TV, satellite and antenna outlets, telephone equipment outlets, audio and video entertainment, and computer equipment.

CompTIA A+ Review

This course builds upon skills gained in the Advanced Training IST certificate program. Students will be given the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA A+ certification through testing performed at our facility. The course therefore explores the essential parts of the personal computer, the Windows operating system, small business networks, and mobile devices. Program elements include hardware and operating system deployment, maintenance and repair. Students will learn standardized troubleshooting methods which will allow them to resolve system issues quickly and efficiently. Methodologies related to data preservation and destruction will be presented. Students will learn how proper personal interaction will lead to satisfied clients.

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Cost of the Program
$17,790.00 Tuition
$450.00 Fees

Information Systems & Communication Technology AAT Program On-Time Graduation Rate (For 2016 Annual Report).
100% On-Time Graduation Rate (on-time graduation is 15 months).

The Median Loan Debt for Students in this program for award year 2015-2016.
*Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median Loan amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2016 Annual Report)

IS&CT, AAT Program graduates typically obtain jobs such as the ones listed below which include the link to the Standard Occupational Classification:
Computer Operator
Computer Support Specialist
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other


Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.
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