Info & Computer Science

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Today’s world revolves around technology…creating a continually increasing need for skilled ICS workers!  With Leeward's ICS program, you can prepare for employment in a variety of IT areas:

  • Network Support
  • Database Support
  • Information Security
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Programming
  • Help Desk

Skills in writing, speech, accounting, economics and mathematics complete the preparation for employment. Leeward CC’s ICS course credits are transferable at the bachelor’s degree level, so it’s a cost-effective way to start a four-year degree! And you can also take courses to help you prepare for any of the following industry certifications:

  • A+
  • Networks+
  • Security +
  • CCNA
  • CCNP
  • CEH

About the Program

Associate in Science, Information and Computer Science -- degree requirements (pdf)

The AS degree offers five specializations: Network Support Specialist, Database Support Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Mobile Developer Specialist, Software Developer Specialist

  • Academic Subject Certificate, ICS -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Achievement, ICS -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Achievement, Information Security -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 1 -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Basic Logic and Programming Level 2 -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Database Support -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Help Desk -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Information Security -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Mobile Developer -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Network Support -- requirements (pdf)
  • Certificate of Competence, Software Developer -- requirements (pdf)

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science Degree in Information and Computer Science Program Outcomes
In addition to acquiring the competencies required for Associate in Science degrees, upon successful completion of this program graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate computing literacy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of a computer’s operating system.
  • Solve problems, develop algorithms, and write structured computer programs in at least two programming languages.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the mathematics used in computing science.
  • Effectively communicate in written and oral form, a system solution, its documentation, and its implementation.
  • Use project management tools to manage information systems development projects.
  • Work effectively as part of a group/team.
  • Design a relational database with proper documentation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer maintenance and networking.

Based on selection of an area of specialty, the student will further be able to:

  • Database Support Specialist: Write object-oriented computer programs for online access and manipulation of databases.
  • Mobile Developer Specialist: Design, develop and implement applications and policies for mobile devices.
  • Software Developer Specialist: Develop a foundation in computer science to succeed in upper-division courses.
  • Network Support Specialist: Apply computer networking principles to build and troubleshoot networks.
  • Information Security Specialist: Apply the tools and techniques of information security to secure physical and digital information.

Academic Subject Certificate in Creative Media Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for project planning and use of necessary collaborative skills.
  • Apply the principles of animated film, behavioral animation concepts, timing, movement analysis and dramatic interpretation.
  • Apply scripting techniques to automate and manipulate multimedia.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, visually, verbally and in writing, using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.

Academic Subject Certificate in Digital Art: Photographic Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

  • Solve problems, develop algorithms and write computer programs specified in a manner consistent with the AC M CS 1 and CS 2 recommendations.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the mathematics used in computing science.
  • Apply the credits as electives towards an Associate in Arts degree.
Certificate of Achievement in Digital Media Production Program Learning Outcomes
  • Apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgments in creating collaborative Digital Media projects.
  • Demonstrate proficient-level skills in design software necessary to gain entry-level employment in Digital Media.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, visually, verbally and in writing, using techniques appropriate for the intended audience.
  • Compile a portfolio of projects at the conclusion of the Certificate of Achievement program.

Certificate of Achievement in Information and Computer Science Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate computing literacy.
  • Solve problems, develop algorithms and write object-oriented computer programs in a programming language.
  • Design a relational database with proper documentation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer maintenance and networking.

Certificate of Achievement in Information Security Program Learning Outcomes

  • Solve problems, develop algorithms and write object-oriented computer programs in a programming language.
  • Design a relational database with proper documentation.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer maintenance and networking.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of a computer’s operating system.
  • Apply the tools and techniques of information security to secure physical and digital information.

Certificate of Competence in Basic Logic and Programming Level 1 Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Solve problems, develop algorithms and write structured computer programs in a programming language.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the mathematics used in computing science.

Certificate of Competence in Basic Logic and Programming Level 2 Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Solve problems, develop algorithms and write structured computer programs in a programming language.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the mathematics used in computing science.
  • Create data structures in an object-oriented programming language.

Certificate of Competence in Database Support Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Use a programming language and a database to interact with web pages.
  • Write object-oriented computer programs at an advanced level using a server side scripting language.
  • Select appropriate data structure for a given application.

Certificate of Competence Help Desk Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills to assess and troubleshoot software and computer hardware problems.
  • Demonstrate good customer services skills by identifying and evaluating the indicators of customer satisfaction throughout the problem-resolution process.
  • Apply the characteristics of effective communication while working with clients and fellow workers.
  • Report the problem to appropriate levels in the organization.

Certificate of Competence in Information Security Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Create and implement security policies and procedures to aid in security administration.
  • Apply techniques involved with Ethical Hacking.
  • Aid in the collection, examination and preservation of data using proper computer forensics.

Certificate of Competence in Mobile Developer Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Use an appropriate programming environment to code, compile and debug mobile device applications
  • Design, create and publish basic web pages for mobile devices.
  • Identify and implement the main mobile device security threats and develop strategies to mitigate them.
  • Use languages, databases, and Graphical User Interfaces for database purposes.

Certificate of Competence in Network Support Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the potential risks and mitigations to various threats to a computing environment
  • Identify and create security policies and procedures
  • Design a local area network using appropriate network devices including switches and routers.
  • Demonstrate how to administer a local area network consisting of a server, workstations, switches and routers.
  • Design a multi-area network with route optimization.
  • Design an IPv4/IPv6 hybrid network.

Certificate of Competence in Software Developer Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Develop applications using data structures, recursion and graphical user interfaces.
  • Interpret and design mathematical models to solve computer science problems.

William M. Albritton, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.A. Physics, Oberlin College; M.S. ICS, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Michael J. Bauer, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Parkside, , M.B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Petersen W. Gross, Instructor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S. ICS, M.S. ICS, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Vincent Lee, Assistant Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S., M.S., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Blanca Polo, Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; B.S. MIS, Universidad Regiomontana; M.S. ICS, Ph.D. Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Alejandro A. Ramos, Assistant Professor CC, Information and Computer Science; Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Jackson Cho, Federal Government

Shawn Goodson, Facchina Global Systems

Scott Higashino, Bank of Hawai‘i

Bennet Ito, Northrup Grumman, Los Angeles

Aaron Kagawa, Referentia Systems, Inc.

Bob Kile, National Association of Communication Systems Engineers

Ian Kitajima, Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.

Greg Nakanishi, Motorola, Los Angeles

Randy Pacheco, Oceanic

Julio Polo, University of Hawai‘i

Ken Tomi, Private Consultant

Jason Toth, NetEnterprise

Jonathan Wright, Honolulu Police Department

Jason Yatogo, United Airlines