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Microcomputer Systems Database User Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 25.5
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Summer 2006


The Microcomputer Systems Database User Certificate of Achievement presents basic computer use and terms, use of operating systems, and the Internet/World Wide Web with an emphasis on database application software. The student can choose depth with Access and Advanced Access or breadth with Access and FileMaker Pro.

The Certificate prepares students for employment in entry-level jobs requiring a general computer education in system software and application software, specifically database management software. Although there are no specific job titles, there are a wide variety of positions that the student might pursue. Database skills are valuable in any job requiring the management of a large amount of information such as managing client lists or organizing research data.

The student may not necessarily be employed in a technology industry, but rather support the maintenance and use of databases in any field. There is an opportunity for advancement from the entry-level position as skills are developed over time. The coursework from this certificate prepares the student to study other database applications such as SQL or Oracle or to learn to work with web-based databases.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. More information about Computer and Information Sciences programs can be found at the Computer and Information Sciences Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of computer systems including hardware, operating systems, terminology and database management systems;
2. exhibit basic math and English skills while using database management software to create and document well-designed databases;
3. apply critical thinking, problem solving and traditional database normalization processes while developing database solutions; and
4. meet system information requirements by generating a variety of queries.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Microcomputer Systems Database User Certificate program are:

  • Complete 25.5 units from
    • Microcomputer Systems Database User Requirements

Microcomputer Systems Database User Requirements - complete 25.50 units
ELEC 88.81Computer Hardware1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BMG 54Quantitative Skills/Math3.00
MATH 150AFirst Half of Elementary Algebra3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CIS 5Computer Literacy3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CIS 50.31Understanding Your Macintosh3.00
CIS 50.91Exploring Microsoft Windows3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CIS 69.51Database Management with FileMaker Pro3.00
CIS 69.54AOracle SQL Fundamentals1.50
CIS 69.54BOracle SQL, Advanced1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BGN 71Business English Grammar3.00
BMG 52Written Communication in Organizations3.00
ENGL 100College Reading and Writing4.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
MATH 2ACalculus, Third Course3.00
CIS 16AIntroduction to Programming with Visual BASIC4.00
CIS 50.13Virus Protection/Disk Backup0.50
CIS 51.13Microsoft DOS/Windows Command Line Basics1.50
CIS 58.62ADreamweaver, Beginning1.50
CIS 58.81ACisco Networking 13.00
CIS 61.31Using Microsoft Excel3.00
CIS 73.21Adobe Photoshop 13.00
CIS 73.31A AND
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop1.50
CIS 73.31BIntermediate Adobe Photoshop1.50
CIS 73.35AAdobe Illustrator 11.50
CIS 73.35BAdobe Illustrator 21.50
CIS 78.11ATelecommunications 11.50
CIS 110AConcepts for Beginning Programmers1.50
CIS 150.1Security for Cable and DSL Home Networks0.50
CIS173.21AIntroduction to Adobe Acrobat1.50
CIS173.31AAdobe PhotoShop Elements for Basic Image Editing1.00

Term Effective: Summer 2006

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2010

Previous Versions:

Microcomputer Systems Database User - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses taken for this certificate.

CS 10 was CIS 10
CS 19.11A was CIS 16A
CS 82.51 was CIS 50.13
CS 81.21 was CIS 50.71
CS 50.11A was CIS 58.51A
CS 50.11B was CIS 58.51B
CS 81.61 was CIS 69.53
CS 71.11A was CIS 73.35A
CS 71.11B was CIS 73.35B
CS 82.41A was CIS 78.11A
CS 182.51 was CIS 150.1
CS 175.11 was CIS 173.21A
CS 170.11A was CIS 173.31A
(Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/28/09)

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