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IT - Business Analyst Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS AND ANALYSIS (10152323)

Credits: 3.00

Explores the requirements gathering and analysis component of the software development process. Learners will gather and analyze system requirements, define use cases, create user stories and relate to testing and validation. Additional topics include: flowcharts, UML diagrams and the Agile software development methodology.

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CLIENT-SIDE WEB DEVELOPMENT 1 (10152310)

Credits: 3.00

Applies the basic concepts of computer programming using JavaScript, with an emphasis on structured programming, exception handling, debugging, testing and writing event handlers. Learners will create JavaScript applications using Microsoft Visual Studio. Additional topics include: online software development resources, programming and documentation standards, variable lifetime/scope, data types, control structures and mathematical calculations.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Computer Science (additional assessment required)

COLLABORATIVE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (10152391)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the Agile software development methodology and applies it to managing a software development project. Learners will work in small teams, taking an application through its entire lifecycle including the phases of requirements gathering, analysis, design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance. Additional topics include an introduction to the following disciplines and related tools: project management, version control, issue tracking, unit/regression testing and automated build/deployment.

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COLLABORATIVE COMPUTING (10152371)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces collaborative computing solutions from the user, developer and administrator perspectives. Learners will create a needs assessment, develop a project plan and implement a collaboration solution. Additional topics include workflows, the telecommuting workplace, remote work environments and real-time accessibility.

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DATA ANALYTICS (10152337)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the storage, manipulation, retrieval and analysis of big data. Learners will provide business intelligence and make focused organizational decisions by mining, aggregating and conducting predictive analysis on big data. Additional topics include NoSQL, database scalability, database performance metrics and database optimization.

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DATA CONCEPTS (10152331)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces relational database and structured data file storage concepts, with an emphasis on database design, normalization and query creation. Learners will define and use structured data files, design databases and write queries. Additional topics include: database terminology, data types, primary/foreign keys, relationships and entity relationship diagrams (ERDs).

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DATA REPORTING (10152335)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces database querying and reporting using leading tools and frameworks. Learners will design, create and publish reports that access both relational and XML datasets using a variety of tools including Crystal Reports and Microsoft SQL Reporting Services. Additional topics include SQL, report distribution, data security and ethical handling of sensitive data.

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Learners will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR THE BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL (10196164)

Credits: 3.00

In Essential Skills for the Business Professional, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to effectively manage time, prioritize activities, delegate tasks, manage stress, communicate assertively and handle other related challenges in the business environment. Each learner will: demonstrate the application of successful time management techniques, exhibit personal planning, practice continuous learning, carry out confident and respectful communication while delegating tasks and responsibilities and perform successful stress management techniques.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (10804189)

Credits: 3.00

Students taking Introductory Statistics display data with graphs, describe distributions with numbers, perform correlation and regression analyses and design experiments. They use probability and distributions to make predictions, estimate parameters and test hypotheses. They draw inferences about relationships including ANOVA.

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Statistics

IT CAREER SKILLS (10152398)

Credits: 1.00

Surveys the skills required to succeed in the IT job market. Learners will write IT-targeted resumes/cover letters, complete IT job applications, perform IT job searches, participate in IT mock interviews, self-market using social media, create a portfolio and network with IT professionals. Additional topics include creating a targeted cover letter/resume and IT interview preparation.

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IT INTERNSHIP (10152399)

Credits: 1.00

Provides exposure to working in the information technology field. Learners will apply/interview for, obtain and complete a minimum of a 108-hour internship in their specialization of IT. Additional topics include writing IT-targeted resumes/cover letters, performing job searches, self-marketing using social media and creating a portfolio.

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LEAN ORGANIZATIONS (10196114)

Credits: 3.00

In Lean Organizations, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to enhance company performance and profitability by identifying and eliminating waste throughout all business processes. Lean is a work smarter, not harder, approach that allows an organization to produce more while utilizing fewer resources. Many traditional approaches to business processes require excessive inventory, repetitive tasks, wasted materials, scrap and rework and misappropriated human and other resources. Each learner will: identify and practice Lean Solutions by completing learning plans that cover Lean Operations, Value-stream Mapping, 8 Wastes, 5S Workplace Organization, Set-up Reduction, Cellular Flow Design, Lean Culture Development, Value Chain Management, Kanban Systems and Total Productive Maintenance.

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MANAGING FOR QUALITY (10196192)

Credits: 3.00

In Managing for Quality, learners will apply the skills and tools necessary to implement performance excellence and maintain a continuous improvement environment. Each learner will: demonstrate the application of a quality philosophy, identify all stakeholder relationships, meet or exceed customer expectations, develop a systems-focused approach, use appropriate models and quality tools, manage a quality improvement project and measure effectiveness of continuous improvement activities.

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MATH & LOGIC (10804133)

Credits: 3.00

Students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra and number bases.

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OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING 1 (10152311)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces object-oriented programming and design, with a focus on building the conceptual framework necessary to debug and write object-oriented programs. This course uses C# .NET, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and other tools to present concepts from a variety of perspectives. Learners will create UML diagrams and write/debug C# .NET applications, applying the object-oriented basics of abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism. Additional topics include: code documentation and styling, object instantiation/lifetime/scope, calling methods, multiplicity and loops, properties, visibility modifiers, and collections/multiplicity.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Computer Science (additional assessment required)

ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT (10196188)

Credits: 3.00

In Project Management, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to design, implement and evaluate formal projects. Each learner will: understand the importance and value of managing projects, assume the role of a project manager, develop a project proposal, use relevant project management software, work with project teams, establish the proper sequence of tasks, chart progress, respond to variation and changes, develop a budget, direct resources and manage a project through its life cycle.

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SPEECH (10801198)

Credits: 3.00

Explores the fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups. Topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques and other essential elements of speaking successfully, including the listening process form the basis of the course.

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TEAM BUILDING AND PROBLEM SOLVING (10196189)

Credits: 3.00

In Team Building and Problem Solving, learners apply the skills and tools necessary to facilitate team development and effectiveness, solve problems, pinpoint the cause of conflict and resolve issues between team members. Each learner will: demonstrate the application of the benefits and challenges of teamwork, perform the necessary roles in a team, facilitate the stages of team development, conduct conflict resolution, identify the root cause of a problem, develop multiple approaches to problem solving and decision making, exhibit the ability to build consensus and commitment, utilize a systematic approach to defining and solving problems and implement various methods for evaluating results based on established criteria and metrics.

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TECHNICAL REPORTING (10801197)

Credits: 3.00

Prepare and present written, oral and visual communication products, including instructions, proposals, informal and formal reports. Produce clear, usable communication by incorporating information design principles, arranging content to satisfy diverse audience needs and presenting visuals for various contexts. Designed as an advanced course to develop collaborative communication practices, information literacy skills and ethically responsible professional communication strategies.

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THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY (10809103)

Credits: 3.00

This course provides instruction on the vital, realistic and practical methods of thinking which are in high demand in all occupations of substance today. Decision making, problem solving, detailed analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals and objectives and more are considered in depth as the student applies specific thinking strategies and tools to situations in a wide variety of workplace, personal, academic and cultural situations. Classroom instruction is demonstration, discussion, project and teamwork based. Assignments range from the short and simple to the detailed and complex. Reality and practicality are the focuses all through the course. These skills are in high demand by employers. Having this course in your background can significantly enhance your appeal as an employee. It certainly will make you a more adept and confident person.

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USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN (10152223)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the design, prototyping and evaluation of user interfaces. Learners will apply user experience standards in the development of web and software interfaces to provide a quality user experience. Topics include: psychological and interaction principles, requirements analysis, designing for different devices, style guides, usability testing, and visual design principles.

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WEB DESIGN 1 (10152211)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) coding techniques and the development of text content to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively on the web. Learners will create/modify web pages using HTML tags and style the web pages with CSS. Additionally, learners will create and edit text content. For the final course project, learners will create a personal website portfolio. Additional topics include: copyright considerations, text editors, FTP utilities and browser tools.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
Skill Demonstration
A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.