Undergraduate Certificate in Foundation Skills for Technology

15 Credits

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your Certificate program consists of courses designed to provide a solid academic foundation for students planning to further their education in engineering or other technology-based programs.

The first course, Basic Skills Assessment, is available online only, which allows you to start studying right away. You will not receive hardcopy program materials for these lessons. You can access your first course as soon as your tuition payment has been received. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

This outline covers all the courses required for your Certificate program. You complete the following courses in the order indicated:

PROGRAM GOAL AND OUTCOMES

Program Goal: Foundation Skills for Technology provides the courses that meet the general education requirements of Penn Foster Technology degree programs.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics that are demonstrated by successful technicians, including the codes and standards that technicians must know
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills by solving math problems using knowledge of the metric system, mathematical formulas, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate proficient computer and information literacy skills and understand how to use the Internet, library resources, and search engines, as well as word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Understand how to read technical and construction drawings, as well as blueprints, and describe the process of computer-aided design
  • Understand the principles that define and govern the physical universe as we know it in the areas of chemistry, physics, as well as earth and space sciences
 

MET100  — Orientation to Engineering Technology (1 credit)
The development of engineering and engineering technology; technical mathematics; use of a scientific calculator. 

MAT100 — Foundation Skills in Math (3 credits)
Students learn the essential math skills necessary for future success in an A.S. technology program. The course of study includes a review of basic math functions, including trades-based examples, the metric system, formulas, introductory algebra, applied geometry, and some practical applications of trigonometry.

ENG101 — Foundation Skills in Writing (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of writing styles for technology applications. Students review basic grammar, including parts of speech, active and passive voices, complete sentences vs. sentence fragments, parallel construction, the use of action verbs, and paragraph construction. The course also includes practical information on writing reports, technical memos, and emails; organizing material; conducting research; documenting sources; outlining; providing illustrations; and writing proposals, descriptions, instructions, articles, and manuals.

CSC108 — Essential Computer Skills (3 credits)
Computer and Internet basics; computer hardware and software; digital electronics and file management; introduction to Windows®; PC applications in word processing; online library resources, search techniques, and search engines.

EST100 — Introduction to Technical Drawings (3 credits)
This course provides students with an overview of visual communication skills necessary to successfully complete the wide range of courses in technology programs that require learning to read and interpret technical drawings. Students learn print reading, interpretation of symbols and abbreviations, dimensioning, tolerancing, and the application of these skills to actual print reading. The course also contains an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.

SCI167 — Physical Science (3 credits)
Principles that define and govern the physical universe as we know it; chemistry; physics; earth and space sciences.

 

Online Library and Librarian
Students at Penn Foster College have access to an online library during their college studies. Students can use the library to do the required course research or for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and will assist students in research activities.

 

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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