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Syllabus for CIS 298 CIS Practicum

Fall 2014 (Revised 9/19/14)



  • Instructor Permission

Course Description:

A capstone course (often combined with the 1-credit COOP 122 - Cooperative Work Experience course) providing in-depth hands-on experience in one of the seven areas of computer information systems: networking, hardware maintenance/repair, information systems security, web development, project management, database management/administration, or systems development (i.e. "programming").  This course may be repeated up to 3 times for credit.  A total of 3-credit hours are currently required for graduation with the Professional-Technical AAS (Associate of Applied Sciences) degree.  Each credit hour requires a minimum of 30 hours of work.

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Meet the requirement for all professional-technical degrees, which is to have documented work experience within your "major"
  • Show that you can work successfully as an Information Technology professional in a production environment
  • Add "real world" experience to your professional résumé that shows you can apply "book knowledge" to "real world" business scenarios
  • Leverage pre-graduation internship and apprenticeship experience into a permanent, full-time, job (with benefits) if the opportunity presents itself
  • Gain invaluable experience working with other IT professionals as part of a support team
  • Document an additional 90 hours (minimum) on your résumé, demonstrating work experience in the field of your area of study
  • Develop a potential source of good professional work references for future job opportunities
  • Apply critical thinking skills and root cause analysis (and other troubleshooting methodologies) to solving some of the most difficult challenges that an IT professional might face
  • Function at level 5 of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain ("synthesis") by combining what you've learned as a student in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program, arriving at conclusions logically and intuitively, learning to solve problems that you did not encounter in the classroom, and applying problem solving and research skills to address a wide and diverse range of Information Technology problems and apply corrective actions to those problems.


Course Learning Outcomes: The student will meet with the requirements of the Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree for working within their major as part of the Washington State guidelines for the awarding of a Professional/Technical degree.

Credits: 1 - 3

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Instructor Information -

Name: Kevin Blackwell
E-mail: kblackwell@oc.ctc.edu

Phone: (W) 360-475-7379

Instructor Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (T-215)

Online (via Blackboard Collaborate), By Arrangement Only



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