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Ed Nickel
Computer Office Technology Professor


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." — Benjamin Franklin



Contact Information

Office Location: HTC 133, Elko Campus
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  • BA, Kansas State University, 1973
  • MLS, Emporia State University, 1975


Recommended Reading

  • Coming of Age in the Milky Way, Timothy Ferris
  • The Greatest Love, Anne McCaffrey
  • Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett
  • The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney
  • Bach 2000: The Complete Edition (recommended listening), J. S. Bach



  • Digital audio & video production
  • Astronomy & physics
  • Music, especially Madrigals & Baroque vocals
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Planetary Society
  • American Civil Liberties Union


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CIT 110
Title:A+ Hardware
Catalog Description: Techniques of personal computer hardware maintenance and installation. Course covers hardware and software diagnostics, system troubleshooting, and methods of achieving effective system upgrades to enhance capabilities or improve system performance.
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CIT 174
Title:Linux System Administration
Catalog Description: Covers concepts required for Linux server system administration and common networking services configuration, operation, and management. There is no formal prerequisite, however, CIT 173 or a basic understanding of either the UNIX or Linux workstation environment is recommended.
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COT 204
Title:Using Windows
Catalog Description: The fundamentals necessary to operate the Windows system, how to customize the Windows environment, and how to use the various accessories. (Formerly, COT 204, Introduction to Windows)
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COT 301
Title:Database Management Essentials
Catalog Description: A working overview of Access database. The main emphasis will be on analyzing previously established data, using table searches, queries, and reports. Excel will be used for further data analysis. A discussion of table design will be included. Students will start work on individual portfolios of their achievements during this degree program. [P/W]
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GIS 109
Title:Fundamentals of GIS
Catalog Description: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) covering the basic concepts. Principles of cartography and spatial analysis are presented. The intent is to prepare the student for advanced training using specific GIS software.
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GIS 205
Title:GIS Applications
Catalog Description: This course in Geographic Information Systems concepts covers map components (including a brief discussion of coordinate systems), spatial relationships, and management of relationships description through tabular data. There will be extensive work using spatial and spatial data using ArcView. A knowledge of Windows will be advantageous.
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GIS 301
Title:Geographic Information Systems Essentials
Catalog Description: This course is designed for non-CADD/GIS majors and covers essential concepts in database management required for a manager of digital technology systems. Students will start work on individual portfolios of their achievements during this degree program. [N][P/W]
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GIS 320
Title:Geographic Information Systems in Business and Community
Catalog Description: Basic techniques for geographic analysis and summary of business or community problems. Finding patterns and relationships in tabular and spatial data is emphasized. Popular geographic information systems software will be used for demonstration and for projects. Students will work in teams to identify a problem and to collect data for visualization and analysis of the problem. To present findings, students will create a map layout.
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GRC 301
Title:Graphic Communication Management Essentials
Catalog Description: Designed for non-graphic majors and covers essential concepts in graphic communications required for a manager of digital technology systems. Students will begin work on individual portfolios of their achievements during the degree program. Prerequisite: a GBC AAS in CT with either CADD/GIS, Information Specialist, Network Specialist, Office Technology, or Web Specialist Emphasis; or equivalent degree from another community college. [P/W]
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GRC 383
Title:Advanced Multimedia Design: Video and Audio
Catalog Description: Covers planning, design, and creation of multimedia projects which include video and audio elements. Student will build on processes learned in prior classes to learn scene creation, transitions, voice over, digital music recording, sound effects, and other techniques. This course culminates in planning, creating, and presenting a project making use of the techniques learned.
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IS 301
Title:Management Information Systems
Catalog Description: The fundamentals of design, implementation, control, evaluation, and strategic use of computer-based information systems for business data processing, office automation, information reporting, and decision making. Emphasizes managerial and strategic aspects of information technology with some hands-on work using information management software.
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