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CT Dept. Course Waiver Policies:

Course waiver / test out procedure for CT Dept. courses:

All matriculated Computer Technology students are eligible to test out of required CT Dept. courses.

There are two options for waiving or testing out of a required course:

  1. Obtain the course credits but waive the normal course requirements:

    By choosing this option, a student would register for the course and pay the full course fee.  The student would then develop a process, in coordination with the instructor and the department chair, where the student would acquire the credits for that course but not have to fulfill the normal course requirements.
    This option is most often chosen by students as an independent study. An independent study is where a student completes all of the evaluations and assignments for the course, but is not required to attend the lectures.

    Some students have worked as lab assistants to complete the requirements of a particular course.  A lab assistant is not required to do any of the written assignments that are part of the class. Instead, the student would "work" for an instructor, usually in maintaining and configuring systems in one of the dept. labs. 

    The actual test out process shall be determined by the instructor for the course and approved by the dept. chair.
  2. Waiving the course requirement by testing out:

    This option is a test out procedure that uses a single hands-on or written evaluation.  This allows the student to demonstrate that they already have extensive knowledge of the material included in the course.

    The student would not be required to pay for the course and would not receive credit towards graduation for that course, but would be able to use the waived course as a prerequisite for other courses in the program.

    To obtain the necessary credits required for graduation, the student would have to take a different course within the CT Dept. curriculum.

    An example of the test out procedure:
  1. Student Name, ID#, email address and phone number.
  2. Course code and name of the course.
  3. Test out option requested (independent study / lab assistant option or test out procedure).
  4. Reason the student wishes to do an independent study or test out.

    This part of the application must be thorough and complete and shall include:
  • An explanation as to why the student wishes to waive the normal course requirements.

  • When choosing the test out option... A resume of experience with the material covered in the course.
  • When choosing the independent study option... A plan, or schedule, for the completion of the course work the student plans to follow, or an application to act as a lab assistant in the course.
  • A student must submit this application before the end of the add / drop period for that semester.
  • Any applications for course waiver or test out submitted after the end of the add / drop period shall not be accepted.
  • The decision to accept or deny the student’s application will be made by the CT Department Chair and the Professor for that course.






SMCC Computer Usage Policy
(excerpted from the Compass)

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This policy governs all uses by students of the computing resources maintained by Southern Maine Community College and is designed to protect both the students and the College’s computing resources which include, but are not limited to, computers, peripherals, network components, and the physical and logical data. Each student who uses College computer resources is responsible for reading, understanding and complying with this policy.


• Use the College’s website, server, and all other related computer equipment and services only for academic, educational, or professional purposes, which are directly related to official College business and in support of the College’s mission. Be responsible for all activities conducted using SMCC user IDs.

• Do not disclose SMCC user IDs or passwords to anyone.

• Access only SMCC files and data that are your own, that are publicly available, or to which you have authorized access. Be considerate in your use of shared resources and refrain from monopolizing systems, overloading networks with excessive data, or wasting computer time, disk space, printer paper, manuals or other resources. If it is necessary to allow an authorized third person to access a user’s files or data, as in the case of illness, a formal request must be made in writing to the Dean of Students.

• Student user accounts and all data found in student user accounts may be removed at the end of each semester.
The Following are Prohibited:

• Use of another person’s user ID or password.

• Use of another person’s files or data without permission.

• Unauthorized interception, reading, copying or modifying of private electronic data.

• Use of computer programs to decode passwords or access controlled information.

• To view, download, store, or transmit materials that, if viewed in public, may create a hostile environment and constitute sexual harassment under the SMCC policy or the law.

• To circumvent, subvert, or attempt to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures.

• To purposely engage in any activity that might be harmful to system/network or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging files.

• To download any on-line software without authorization from the IT Staff.

• To use the network for purposes that places a heavy load on scarce resources.

• To use Southern Maine Community College’s computers or networks to libel, slander, or harass any other person. The following shall constitute computer harassment: (1) Using the computer to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person by conveying obscene language, pictures, or other materials or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or the recipient’s immediate family; (2) Using the computer to contact another person repeatedly once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desires such communication to cease; (3) Using the computer to disrupt or damage the academic research, administrative, or related pursuits of another; (4) Using the computer to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another or threatened invasion of privacy of another.

• To waste computer resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop or by printing excessive amounts of paper.

• To use the College’s systems or networks for personal gain; for example, by selling access to your user ID or to College systems or networks, or by performing work for profit with College resources in a manner not authorized by the College.

• To use the College’s systems or networks to transmit any material in violation of United States or Maine laws or regulations.

• To engage in any other activity that does not comply with these Guidelines presented above.


Users of the College’s Computer Network System should have no expectation of privacy over any content, communications, transmissions, or work performed thereon. Computers owned by the College are provided for college and educational use only. Note that the College retains ownership of all computer transactions as business records and these records may be subject to discovery in litigation. Any information on a College computer or storage media may be subject to the State’s public record law and may therefore be subject to disclosure upon request.

The College does not routinely monitor students’ computer activities unless it receives notice of possible misuse or violation of policy. However, should the College discover, as a result of routine maintenance, technical fault or investigation of criminal activity, misuse or violation of policy, it will not guarantee privacy. By using computers on campus, students are waiving their right to privacy and are consenting to College review and monitoring of their computer use.


• The College endeavors to maintain the privacy of personal communications. Where necessary, the College will take action to protect the integrity and operation of its networks.

• In the course of routine system maintenance, technical problems, investigation of an alleged violation of policy, or criminal investigations, College employees will be permitted to intercept, read, copy or modify private electronic data, either in transit across a network or stored within a computer system.

• The College will collect utilization statistics based upon network protocol and application use.

• The College will progressively restrict non-essential users where network utilization results in performance degradation. Such restriction will be publicized to users through appropriate means.

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Academic Honesty and Plagiarism
Adherence to ethical academic standards is obligatory. Cheating is a serious offense, whether it consists of taking credit for work done by another person or doing work for which another person will receive credit. Taking and using the ideas or writings of another person without clearly and fully crediting the source is plagiarism and violates the academic code as well as the Student Code of Conduct. If it is proven that a student in any course in which s/he is enrolled has knowingly committed such a violation, appropriate action will be taken under the Student Code of Conduct that may result in suspension from the course and a failing grade in the course. Students have the right to appeal these actions to the Disciplinary Committee under the terms outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

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CT Dept. Classroom and Computer usage Policies

  • All of the software contained on the classroom servers is copyrighted unless otherwise specified. Under no circumstances is the student to copy any software for the purpose of individual possession.
  • Students, when using any SMCC or student owned computer in any computer classrooms / labs shall not download or install copyrighted software, music, or videos from the Internet for any purpose.
  • Student owned laptop computers are restricted to the CSEC building wireless network connections. Due to security and other concerns, it is strictly prohibited to connect a student owned laptop to a CT Dept. wired network connection.
  • Students shall not unplug any of the system units or monitors in any of the CT classrooms so to be able to plug in a personal laptop.
  • All students shall behave in a cooperative manner and shall be considerate of other students at all times.
  • Students shall be responsible for the proper disposal of any trash generated during class or lab hours.
  • Food must not be consumed at any computer workstation in any of the CT dept.
  • Cell phones shall be turned off, or put in vibrate mode, during lecture periods.  Cell phones shall not be used for any purpose during the classroom periods unless the student receives permission from the instructor.

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CMTP 100, Introduction to Computer Technology, Test Out Procedure
  •  Procedure for testing out of the CMPT 100, Introduction to Computer Technology course, is as follows:
    • A student would take an exam that is approximately 100 questions with a time limit of one hour.
    • The questions on the quiz will cover topics including:
      • Basic microcomputer hardware concepts and terminology (CPU's, input, output, storage devices, communications devices, etc.)
      • Identification of common hardware components from images
      • Types of operating systems, file systems, file naming conventions, partition types, etc.
      • Networking concepts and terminology (LANs and WANs, physical topologies, protocols, etc.).
      • TCP/IP configuration terms and concepts (DNS, DHCP, client applications, etc.).
      • Installation and configuration of current versions of Windows NT.
      • Email concepts and terms (SMTP, spam, phishing, etc.).
      • Malware concepts and terms (worms, viruses, spyware).
  • If you, as a student, wish to take this test and therefore test out of the CMPT 100 course, please follow the directions as to the required documentation on the course waiver policy page.
  • Please note: if you, as a CT student, follow this test out procedure, you will not need to pay the tuition for the CMPT 100 course, and you will not receive the credits for the course. 
    The credits required for graduation will be made up by taking a 200 level computer technology elective.

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