Introductory Courses

Introductory course are for:

  • Anyone who is looking to start or change their career
  • IT Professionals who need to update their skills
  • Business professionals looking to re-skill their workforce

These are foundational and fundamental courses required to achieve those goals

Free Computer Workshop (3 hours)

Learn about the basic parts, devices and software that make up your computer. This course is designed for the beginner or new user who wants to learn the essentials of how to use a personal computer. Tuition is free. Course # RCOSY 0016.

Introduction to Personal Computers (9 hours)

You will learn to examine the parts that make up a personal computer to familiarize yourself with the basic components and individual functions of each component, explore the Windows 7 operating system after logging on to it using the personal computer, manage files and folders using Windows Explorer to navigate to folders and manage files, understand application software, and use common tools and applications that are part of the Windows 7 operating system such as the WordPad word processor, the Paint tool, the Calculator tool, among others, customize the Windows 7 desktop using the customizing tools and shortcuts to personalize the desktop to suit your business requirements and examine networking tools and features so that you can browse for information using the Internet. Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY 0025, Text: Introduction to Personal Computers Windows 7 Edition Student Manual AX1426019335 (Rev 1), ISBN# 1426019335

Comprehensive File Management (WCOSY 0041)

This class will concentrate on how to manage files in the Windows Explorer on computers at home or work. It will take the mysteryout of searching for locations of files, copying and moving files and downloading files from specific locations. We will cover topics related to understanding file types, saving files, opening files and finding the saved files from common applications. This class will focus and concentrate on the subject of managing the file system and becoming comfortable and self-sufficient in working with files (e.g. copying, moving, opening, saving, and finding files) on any computer. It will also give a good working foundation of maneuvering around the internet, emailing file attachments, maintaining a skydrive account and working with online template files. This is a beginner's class with no prior computer experience necessary and will be introduced in the Windows 7 platform. This class will be a prerequisite for all other MS Office classes offered at Bucks County Community College. Course # WCOSY 0041, Tuition $198

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Fundamentals (WCOSY 0034)

This course teaches you how to navigate the Windows 8 interface, manage open apps, use charms, use the Search, Share, Devices, and settings panels; use the Windows 8 default apps, install apps from the Windows Store, use Internet Explorer 11 app, install and use site-specific apps; add, remove, and manage tiles on the Start screen, and personalize the Windows 8 environment. Tuition $280, Course # WCOSY 0034, Text: Windows 8.1 Step by Step, ISBN 978-0735681309.

Microsoft Server Fundamentals (9 hours)

Anyone taking this course will understand Server Installation, Server Roles, Active Directory, Storage, Server Performance Management, and Server Maintenance. This course will prepare you for the MTA 98-365 Windows Server Administration certification which is one of the starting points of Microsoft technology certifications, providing the fundamental knowledge essential to succeed and continue studies for a successful career with technology.  Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY 0350, Text: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals MTA 98-365, ISBN # 978-0-470-90182-3.

Microsoft Networking Fundamentals (9 hours)

Anyone taking this course will understand the concepts of the Internet, intranet, extranet, local area networks (LANs),  wide area networks (WANs),  wireless networking, network topologies,  access methods, switches, routers, media types, OSI model,  IPv4, IPv6, names resolution, networking services, and TCP/IP. This course will prepare you for the MTA 98-366 Networking Fundamentals certification which is one of the starting points of Microsoft technology certifications, providing the fundamental knowledge essential to succeed and continue studies for a successful career with technology. Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY 0325, Text: Networking Fundamentals MTA 98-366, ISBN # 978-0-470-90183-0.

Microsoft Security Fundamentals (9 hours)

Anyone taking this course will understand core security principles,  physical security, Internet security, wireless security, user authentication, permissions, password policies, audit policies, encryption, malware, dedicated firewalls,  Network Access Protection (NAP), network isolation, protocol security, client protection, e-mail protection, and server protection. This course will prepare you for the MTA 98-367 Security Fundamentals certification which is one of the starting points of Microsoft technology certifications, providing the fundamental knowledge essential to succeed and continue studies for a successful career with technology. Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY 0310, Text: Security Fundamentals MTA 98-367, ISBN # 978-0-470-90184-7.

Microsoft Database Fundamentals (9 hours)

Anyone taking this course will understand how data is stored in tables, relational database concepts, data manipulation language (DML),  data definition language (DDL), data types, tables and how to create them, create views, create stored procedures and functions,  select data, insert data, update data, delete data, normalization, primary, foreign, and composite keys, indexes, database security concepts, database backups and restore. This course will prepare you for the MTA 98-364 Database Fundamentals certification which is one of the starting points of Microsoft technology certifications, providing the fundamental knowledge essential to succeed and continue studies for a successful career with technology. Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY 1625, Text: Database Administration Fundamentals MTA 98-364, ISBN # 978-0-470-88916-9.

Microsoft .NET Programming Fundamentals (9 hours)

Anyone taking this course will understanding .NET Framework Concepts, Namespaces and Classes in the .NET Framework, .NET Code Compilation, I/O Classes in the .NET Framework, Security,  .NET Languages and  Memory Management. This course will prepare you for the MTA 98-372 .NET Fundamentals certification which is one of the starting points of Microsoft technology certifications, providing the fundamental knowledge essential to succeed and continue studies for a successful career with technology. Tuition $225, Course # WCOSY XXXX, Text is included.

Introduction to MAC OS X (9 hours)

This course is designed to teach you how to work proficiently in the Mac OS X environment by managing files, customizing their work environment, and creating files using applications including the iLife applications. The text used with the student files on a DVD will help you to quickly scan the material. The activities in the classroom are filled with interactive exercises that help ensure your success. Tuition $255, Course # WCOSY 0051, Text: Mac OS X v10.6: Introduction 084689S3 (Rev 1) ISBN# 1424614422;  .

For a one on one discussion about pathways toward certifications, contact us at: 215-968-8132 or itacademy@bucks.edu.

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