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IT - Software Development Specialist 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.

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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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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DATABASE DESIGN AND SQL (10152332)

Credits: 3.00

Builds upon the basic database principles learned in Database Concepts, further exploring database design/normalization and introducing more complex and varied SQL statements. Learners will create ERDs, create/modify data objects and populate/retrieve data using SQL. Additional topics include: complex relationships, referential integrity, stored procedures, and database security.

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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.

NTC Assessments Offered:

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Computer Science (additional assessment required)

OBJECT-ORIENTED PROGRAMMING 2 (10152312)

Credits: 3.00

Builds upon the basic principles learned in Object-Oriented Programming 1 (10-152-311), further exploring object-oriented concepts and C# .NET syntax, with a focus on file/data access and n-tier application design. Learners will create a variety of C# .NET Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications which incorporate n-tier design principles and design patterns. Additional topics include collections, object initializers, XML, streams, serialization, encryption and LINQ.

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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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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.