Course Descriptions

Prerequisites and corequisites may have changed since this catalog was published. Please verify prerequisites and corequisites at midlandstech.edu/edu/sds/sas/ hb/prerequisites.html. Developmental reading courses are required if a student’s reading placement test score indicates the need for RDG 032 and/or RDG 100 or the ESL equivalent. Developmental math courses are required if a student’s math placement test score indicates the need for MAT 032 and/or MAT 100. Developmental English courses are required if a student’s English placement test score indicates the need for ENG 032 and/or ENG 100, or the ESL equivalent. Students must discuss their placement test scores with an academic advisor before registering for any courses.

   
IDS 102 PERSONAL AND CAREER ASSESSMENT 3.0 Credits
This course covers an in-depth examination of the personal needs, wants, values, strengths, abilities and interests of an individual. Multiple inventories and evaluation strategies allow the student to evaluate and apply individual data to a personal career choice. (Prerequisite: RDG 032 or equivalent placement test score)
     
IDS 201 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 3.0 Credits
This course focuses on the development of leadership, including philosophy, moral/ethics, and individual ability/style. It is designed to increase students understanding of themselves and the theories and techniques of leadership and group processes by integrating theoretical concepts with the reality of application within a group setting. (Prerequisites: ENG 100, RDG 100)
   
IMT 108 INTRODUCTION TO INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY 3.0 Credits
This course will provide information needed to help in choosing a career in selected industrial areas. The student will be subjected to some of the tasks and skills that would be expected of a person working in the field. (Prerequisite: RDG 100 or ESL 100, ENG 032 or ESL 038)
     
IMT 111 INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 5.0 Credits
This course covers the use of hand/or power tools. (Prerequisites: RDG 032, MAT 100 or equivalent placement test score)
     
IMT 120 MECHANICAL INSTALLATIONS 5.0 Credits
This course covers techniques of assembling, rigging, and installation and/or maintenance of mechanical equipment. (Prerequisites: RDG 032, MAT 100 or equivalent placement test score)
     
IMT 131 HYDRAULICS AND PNEUMATICS 4.0 Credits
This course covers the basic technology and principles of hydraulics and pneumatics. (Prerequisites: RDG 032, MAT 100 or equivalent placement test score)
   
IST 150 PROJECT MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS FOR 3.0 Credits
  IT PROFESSIONALS  
This course is the study of integrated project management for computer technology professionals with emphasis on the methods & software used by IT professionals, including task lists, Gantt charts, discussion of critical path statistical resource management, scheduling, budgeting ,& economic factors. (Prerequisite: RDG 100)
     
IST 188 HARDWARE BASICS AND OPERATING SYSTEMS 5.0 Credits
This course is the study of installation, upgrading and configuration of personal computers from the basics of motherboards and memory to an introduction to networking, along with installation, configuration and upgrading operating systems. (Prerequisite: RDG 100)
     
IST 200 CISCO LAN CONCEPTS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of small local area networks - home and small office/home offices (SOHO) networks. Topics include an introduction to networking, basic cabling for SOHO, LAN addressing and network services, basic security and wireless, planning and building a home network. (Prerequisites: RDG 100 or ESL 100, MAT 100 or equivalent placement test scores)
     
IST 201 CISCO INTERNETWORKING CONCEPTS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of current and emerging computer networking technology. Topics covered include safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, network standards, LANs, WANs, OSI models, cabling, cabling tools, Cisco routers, router programming, star topology, IP addressing, and network standards. (Prerequisites: RDG 100 or ESL 100, MAT 100 or equivalent placement test scores)
     
IST 202 CISCO ROUTER CONFIGURATION 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of LANs, WANs, OSI models, Ethernet, token ring, fiber distributed data interface TCP/IP addressing protocol, dynamic routing, routing, and the network administrator’s role and function. (Prerequisite: IST 201)
     
IST 203 ADVANCED CISCO ROUTER CONFIGURATION 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of configuring Cisco routers. (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 204 CISCO TROUBLESHOOTING 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of troubleshooting network problems. (Prerequisite: IST 203)
     
IST 205 CISCO ADVANCED ROUTING 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the concepts and technologies of extending IP addresses, routing principles, scalable routing protocols, managing traffic and access, and building and optimizing scalable internetworks. (Prerequisite: IST 204)
     
IST 206 CISCO REMOTE ACCESS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of building a remote access network to interconnect central sites to branch offices and home office/telecommuters, control access to the central site, and maximize bandwidth utilization over the remote links. (Prerequisite: IST 205)
     
IST 207 CISCO MULTILAYER SWITCHING 3.0 Credits
This course is the detailed study on how routing and switching technologies work together. Included is an in-depth analysis of combining layer 2 and layer 3 switching technologies. (Prerequisite: IST 206)
     
IST 208 CISCO INTERNETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of how to perform fundamental hardware maintenance and advanced troubleshooting tasks on Cisco routers and switches. (Prerequisite: IST 207)
     
IST 209 FUNDAMENTALS OF WIRELESS LANS 3.0 Credits
This introductory course is the study of design, installation, configuration, operations and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. The course includes an overview of wireless technologies, standards, devices, security, design, and best practices, emphasizing real world applications and skills. (Prerequisite: TEL 203)
     
IST 221 ADVANCED DATA COMMUNICATIONS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the structure of the telecommunications industry. Topics include the components, services and features of the most popular voice communications system. (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 225 INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS 3.0 Credits
This course covers introductory topics and techniques associated with the internet and internet communications. Techniques on how to use and access various types of information as well as how to find resources and navigate the internet are included. (Prerequisite: CPT 101 or CPT 104 or CPT 170)
     
IST 226 INTERNET PROGRAMMING 3.0 Credits
This course covers designing internet pages and applications for personal/business use, writing the required program code in languages such as HTML, Java, and VRML, testing and debugging programs, uploading and maintaining internet pages and applications. (Prerequisites: CPT 115 or CPT 236, IST 225)
     
IST 227 INTERNET OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits
This course covers the duties/responsibilities of an internet webmaster, appropriate hardware, software & telecommunications technology, designing, implementing & maintaining a web site, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is installing, configuring and testing TCP/IP. Topics include Subnet addressing; implementing IP routing; dynamic host configuration protocol; IP address resolution; NetBIOS name resolution; Windows Internet Name Service; connectivity; in heterogeneous environments; implementing Microsoft SNMP service; performance optimization and troubleshooting. (Prerequisite: CPT 209)
     
IST 228 INTRANET OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits
This course covers the duties and responsibilities of an intranet webmaster, selecting appropriate hardware, software and telecommunications technology, designing, implementing and maintaining an intranet site, describing issues relating to interconnection of internet to an intranet, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is the integrated web server included with Windows NT Server. Topics include sharing documents and information across a company intranet or the Internet, deploying scalable and reliable web-based applications, combining HTML, scripts are reusable ActiveX server components to create dynamic and powerful web-based business solutions. (Prerequisite: IST 227)
     
IST 229 INTERNET FIREWALL MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of network security. Course topics include how to implement, administer, and troubleshoot a firewall solution to control information access at the intranet-to-internet border. This course includes Novell education course 770 securing intranets with border manager, and helps students prepare for the corresponding CNE/Master CNE Certification Exam.
     
IST 235 HANDHELD COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 3.0 Credits
This course is a survey of the techniques of Rapid Application Development for handheld devices. Topics include setup of development environment, creation and deployment of programs, and design strategies to overcome memory and interface limitations. (Prerequisite: CPT 115, CPT 234 or CPT 185)
     
IST 236 MOBILE AND WIRELESS APPLIANCES 3.0 Credits
This course is a survey of the protocols and interface standards for mobile and wireless appliances accessing the internet. An introduction to development and deployment of applications is included in this course. (Prerequisite: IST 235)
     
IST 238 ADVANCED TOOLS FOR WEBSITE DESIGN 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of an advanced (4th generation) web authoring tool (such as Dreamweaver) to develop increased efficiency and sophistication in website design and web project management. (Prerequisites: CPT 290, IST 225)
     
IST 241 NETWORK ARCHITECTURE I 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of how the computer architecture relates to the interconnecting of the various network components, the environment in which the applications processes execute, and the overall plan defining services to be provided in a distributed environment. (Prerequisite: IST 201)
     
IST 243 NETWORK ARCHITECTURE III 3.0 Credits
This course covers a cohesive and logical explanation of the IBM created design for an end-to-end communications network SNA. Topics include an overview of SNA and its operational characteristics and the physical and logical structure of SNA. A major emphasis will be TCP/IP protocols. TCP/IP formats are examined along with how TCP/IP operates at the network and transport layers. (Prerequisite: IST 201)
     
IST 245 LOCAL AREA NETWORKS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the methods used to interconnect computers, terminals, word processors, facsimiles and other office machines within a given area. Examples of vendor implementations are used to illustrate various approaches. (Prerequisite: IST 201)
     
IST 246 INTEGRATED DIGITAL NETWORK 3.0 Credits
This course discusses the characteristics and operation of packet switching and networking technologies such as ISDN, Frame Relay and ATM. (Prerequisite: IST 241)
     
IST 250 NETWORK MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of planning, organizing and controlling telecommunication functions for the potential telecommunications manager. Emphasis is placed on current situations and techniques. (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 251 LAN NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES 3.0 Credits
This course provides basic software-specific concepts of Local Area Network (LAN) communications, networking and connectivity. Topics include: data translation, network structures, protocols and IEEE 802 standards. Novell 5.x is used for course reference. (Prerequisite: IST 220 or TEL 110)
     
IST 257 LAN NETWORK SERVER TECHNOLOGIES 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of network operating system technologies including network operating system architecture. The installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of network resources, and network administration functions such as user/group maintenance, network security, print services, remote access, fault tolerance, backup and recovery. (Prerequisite: CPT 209)
     
IST 259 ELECTRONIC MESSAGING 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of electronic mail system software including the system architecture. The course covers the concepts and methods employed in the generation, storage, and transmission of electronic mail messages and the implementation, configuration, and administration of messaging software. (Prerequisite: CPT 209)
     
IST 260 NETWORK DESIGN 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the processes and techniques required to identify the most attractive design solution of a telecommunications network—combining creativity, rigorous discipline, analysis, and synthesis—and while emphasizing the solution in terms of cost and performance. (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 261 ADVANCED NETWORK ADMINISTRATION 3.0 Credits
This course is an advanced study of the network operating system. Topics include installation upgrades, IP services, internet infrastructure, advanced server management and security, NDS management, and server optimization. (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 266 INTERNET AND FIREWALL SECURITY 3.0 Credits
This course is an introduction to firewalls and other network security components that can work together to create an in-depth defensive perimeter around a Local Area Network (LAN). (Prerequisite: IST 202)
     
IST 270 CLIENT/SERVER SYSTEMS 3.0 Credits
This course emphasizes the use of case tools coupled with client tools to allow RAD and prototyping of client applications. Networking and server concepts will be explored. Case studies of existing client/server systems will be used to examine the various phases of client/server applications. (Prerequisites: CPT 185, CPT 242)
     
IST 272 RELATIONAL DATABASE 3.0 Credits
This course provides a comprehensive foundation in both SQL and relational database design and implementation. Dynamic and embedded SQL programming techniques are emphasized. (Prerequisite: CPT 242 or permission of department chair)
     
IST 274 DATABASE ADMINISTRATION 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the duties and responsibilities of a database administrator. The course covers setting up, maintaining, and troubleshooting a distributed, multi-user database. (Prerequisite: IST 272)
     
IST 286 TECHNICAL SUPPORT INTERNSHIP I 3.0 Credits
This course is an entry level technical support/help desk internship. Students intern at the college’s help desk and provide support to faculty and staff. Students will participate in weekly evaluation sessions of calls and solutions. (Prerequisite: CPT 268)
     
IST 287 TECHNICAL SUPPORT INTERNSHIP II 3.0 Credits
This course is an intermediate level technical support/help desk internship. Students intern at the college’s help desk and provide support to faculty and staff. The student prepares a portfolio for submission. (Prerequisite: IST 286)
     
IST 290 SPECIAL TOPICS IN INFORMATION SCIENCES 3.0 Credits
This course covers special topics in information sciences technologies. (Prerequisite: permission of department chair)
     
IST 291 FUNDAMENTALS OF NETWORK SECURITY I 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of intro levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to manage network security. (Prerequisite: IST 266)
     
IST 292 FUNDAMENTALS OF NETWORK SECURITY II 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of advanced security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to install/configure secure firewalls. (Prerequisite: IST 291)
     
IST 295 FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE OVER IP 3.0 Credits
This course is an introduction to features of Voice over IP protocols, including VOIP hardware selection and network design considerations. Concepts include analog and digital voice encoding signaling and Quality of Service (QOS) and troubleshooting and configuration of VOIP networks. (Prerequisite: IST 201)
   
LEG 120 TORTS 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the various classifications and functions of tort law, including intentional and negligent torts, causation, proximate cause, and defenses. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 121 BUSINESS LAW I 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the basics of commercial law, with emphasis on the formation and enforcement of contracts and the rules particular to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and sales of goods. (Prerequisite: RDG 100 or ESL 100, ENG 100 or ESL 110)
     
LEG 122 BUSINESS LAW II 3.0 Credits
This course is an in-depth study of the Uniform Commercial Code, with special emphasis on the essentials of Article 3, Commercial Paper, and Article 9, Secured Transactions. Business partnerships and corporations and their formation are studied. (Prerequisite: LEG 121)
     
LEG 132 LEGAL BIBLIOGRAPHY 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the methods of legal research, proper citation of authority, use of legal treatises, texts, reporters and digests. This course introduces students to the techniques and procedures of legal writing and analysis. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 135 INTRODUCTION TO LAW AND ETHICS 3.0 Credits
This course provides a general introduction to law, including courts, legal terminology, procedures, systems, and laws of society. Emphasis is on ethics and the role of the paralegal in the legal system. (Prerequisites: RDG 100 or ESL 100, ENG 100 or ESL 110)
     
LEG 201 CIVIL LITIGATION I 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the principles of litigation and the rules of procedure for each court in the South Carolina system, including pleading, practice and discovery procedures. (Prerequisite: LEG 120)
     
LEG 212 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the history of workers’ compensation, case laws, statutes, and regulations, and procedures in handling claims. (Prerequisite: LEG 120)
     
LEG 213 FAMILY LAW 3.0 Credits
This course includes an examination of the laws of marriage, divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, custody, and the juvenile. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 214 PROPERTY LAW 3.0 Credits
This course includes an overview of South Carolina property law, including the mechanics of various commercial and private property transactions and mortgage foreclosures. Students are introduced to techniques and procedures examining titles to real property. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 215 BANKRUPTCY LAW 3.0 Credits
Topics included in this course are an overview of the bankruptcy code, voluntary and involuntary petitions, bankruptcy “estate,” stays, distribution and discharge, tax implications, local rules and discovery. (Prerequisites: LEG 121, LEG 135)
     
LEG 220 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW 3.0 Credits
This course is the study of the fundamental concepts involving copyright laws, trademarks, patents, and protecting intellectual property rights with emphasis placed on the typical functions performed by paralegals. (Prerequisites: LEG 121, LEG 135)
     
LEG 230 LEGAL WRITING 3.0 Credits
This course includes methods, techniques, and procedures for the research and preparation of legal memoranda, trial and appellate briefs, and trial notebooks. (Prerequisite: LEG 132)
     
LEG 231 CRIMINAL LAW 3.0 Credits
This course includes a study of the definition and classification of criminal offenses, criminal responsibility, and legal procedures in a criminal prosecution. (Prerequisites: RDG 100 or ESL 100, ENG 100 or ESL 110)
     
LEG 232 LAW OFFICE MANAGEMENT 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the basic principles of office management, including administrative procedures, client relations, and office operating procedures. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 233 WILLS, TRUSTS AND PROBATE 3.0 Credits
This course includes a detailed study of testacy and intestacy, preparation of wills and codicils, and fundamentals of trust and probate administration. Students probate a simple estate. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 234 TITLE EXAMINATION PROCEDURES I 3.0 Credits
This course is a study of the common law and statutory requirements related to the transfer of real property with utilization of the appropriate indexes and documents in the appropriate city and county offices. (Prerequisite: LEG 214)
     
LEG 242 LAW PRACTICE WORKSHOP 3.0 Credits
This course includes the application of substantive knowledge in a practical situation as a paralegal. (Prerequisite: LEG 135)
     
LEG 244 SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR PARALEGALS 3.0 Credits
This course provides specialized paralegal training with an update on changes in the laws and procedures. (Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director)