Digital Systems Technology (Certificate T0438)

Technology and Health Division
Certificate T0438

In addition to courses in electronics fundamentals, the Digital Systems Technology certificate encompasses advanced coursework in computer and digital systems circuitry, including microcontrollers and microprocessors. This advanced certificate is one of three available for students who do not complete all second-year systems courses at once, or who complete them one at a time. A.S. degree recipients are automatically eligible to receive, without further examination, a 3rd Class Technician License from the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (N.A.R.T.E.), while students completing certificate programs are automatically eligible for the N.A.R.T.E. 4th Class Technician License.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
ELEC 11Technical Applications in Microcomputers3
ELEC 12Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting2
ELEC 50AElectronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC)4
ELEC 50BElectronic Circuits (AC)4
ELEC 51Semiconductor Devices and Circuits4
ELEC 56Digital Electronics4
ELEC 61Electronic Assembly and Fabrication3
ELEC 74Microcontroller Systems4
TECH 60Customer Relations for the Technician2
Total Units30

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • be able to employ polar and/or rectangular notation to determine the magnitude and phase shift of an unknown circuit parameter (voltage, current, impedance, and/or power).
  • demonstrate proper use of electronic test equipment and associate measurement results with circuit behaviors in the laboratory.
  • quantitatively determine unknown electrical parameters from given or measured values and use these results to assess or troubleshoot faults in circuit and system operation.
  • communicate, both verbally and in writing, knowledge of electrical concepts and their application to the observed behaviors of circuits and systems.
  • in advanced courses, connect concepts learned in introductory courses to more general principles applicable in the employment context.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Guided Pathways of Study

When students can identify a career goal early on in their educational journey, they are more likely to complete on time and succeed. Consistent guidance and a clear outline of the required courses help support students decisions in choosing the right program for them. Explore below to find the programs that most interest you.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall TermUnits
ELEC 11 Technical Applications in Microcomputers 3 3
ELEC 50A Electronic Circuits - Direct Current (DC) 4 4
ELEC 50B Electronic Circuits (AC) 4 4
ELEC 56 Digital Electronics 4 4
 Units15
Winter Term
TECH 60 Customer Relations for the Technician 2 2
 Units2
Spring Term
ELEC 12 Computer Simulation and Troubleshooting 2 2
ELEC 51 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 4 4
ELEC 74 Microcontroller Systems 4 4
ELEC 61 Electronic Assembly and Fabrication 3 3
Certificate: Digital Systems Technology T0438 8  
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 Units13
 Total Units30
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