Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology (CENT)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Computing, electronics, and networking programs provide students with the skills required to design, install, configure and maintain enterprise-wide networks. When enhanced with a strong business foundation, students also learn the application of general management, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills in a technical environment.

UH West O‘ahu’s Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology (CENT) degree, in partnership with Honolulu Community College’s associate’s program, provides graduates with the higher-level management background and cutting-edge technical skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Students may attend both programs simultaneously or sequentially and can receive both an associate’s degree from Honolulu Community College and a bachelor’s degree from UH West O‘ahu. Courses at UH West O‘ahu are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.

CAREERS & EARNING POTENTIAL

Job opportunities in computer network management are abudant and highly lucrative. CENT graduates are qualified for a number of computer-related careers, including computer engineer, information technology department manager, network technician, system support specialist, network administrator, system administrator, computer consultant, help-desk manager, technical services manager, software programmer, and more. Graduates may work in corporate information technology departments as well as develop their own computer consulting companies.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, network and computer systems administrators earn roughly $66,300 a year. In Hawai‘i, computing and information systems managers earn an average of $93,600 a year. The projected employment for system managers, from 2006 to 2016, is expected to grow faster than average at 14 percent to 20 percent.

FEATURED COURSES

BUSA 345 Management Information Systems
In this course, students will learn how the continual changes in technology affect all levels of an organization, including operational, tactical and strategic. Topics include systems development cycle, enterprise databases, electronic commerce, electronic business, networking technology and applications, and managerial decision-making and reporting, using technology.

BUSA 435 Strategic Planning
This course examines business policy development and implementation, and the analysis of external and internal forces that influence a course of action. It also addresses the consequences of proactive and reactive policies in organizations in a competitive global marketplace, and implications for management.

BUSA 462 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation
This course is intended for novice practitioners in business continuity and disaster recovery planning. Topics include business continuity planning; recovery of information and communication systems; the purpose, goals, and objectives of plan development; and initial response to catastrophic events.

BUSA 481 Ethics and Administration
This course considers the ethical problems that face administrators in the public and private sectors from a theoretical point of view and in application to particular cases. Issues such as corporate responsibility to communities, shareholders and competitors, bribery, honesty, racialism, ecology, and false or misleading advertising will be discussed.

CENT 410 IT Project Management
This course provides the opportunity for students to practice the application and integration of the project management body of knowledge areas to managing information technology (IT) projects. The primary focus is on project management principles associated with managing an IT project’s goal, scope, schedule, and budget. Additional topics include quality, risk and knowledge management as well as an analysis of software tools that support the activities associated with project management.

PARTNERSHIPS

The CENT program is offered in partnership with Honolulu Community College (HCC). HCC associate’s degree CENT students as well as students pursuing the Advanced Professional Certificate in CENT, who meet UH West O‘ahu admission criteria, are eligible to be admitted to the University. HCC students may also be concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science program at UH West O‘ahu. The purpose of this degree pathway is to facilitate a smooth transition for students entering HCC or UH West O‘ahu when working toward a bachelor’s degree in CENT.

FACULTY CONTACTS

Dr. David Pai, Assistant Professor
(808) 689-2333
paid@hawaii.edu