The Digital Knowledge Analysis Certificate is designed to provide a foundation in the study of digital knowledge analysis incorporating computer information systems and computer science to meet the growing need for business analysis using available digital software.  The program is designed for students who plan to complete the certificate, complete an associate's degree, complete a four year degree, or returning students who are seeking additional skills.


This certificate supports the 2015 Minnesota Legislation Educational Attainment Goal 2025: Working to increase the percent of Minnesotans age 25-44 who have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree to 70% by 2025.  (



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Business Computer Systems I orView-CIS 1101n/a3
    Course Subject: CSCI         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Computer Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:The students will get hands-on experience with an operating environment (the current version of Microsoft Windows) and Windows-based applications which include spreadsheets, word processors and presentation packages. The course enables students to use computers to process information and communicate using e-mail and World Wide Web.
    Computer Basics andView-CSCI 1000n/a3
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1240
    Course Title:Information Management: Access      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:In this course students will learn how to plan, design, create, query, create forms and reports, export to and import data from and maintain a database. This course is for anyone who has to make more informed decisions by effectively tracking, reporting, and sharing information. Applications will be taken from a variety of business and organizational scenarios. Students will integrate databases with Excel and Word. Students will learn how databases interact with other applications (including the Internet) and can become the foundation for an e-commerce web site. Students will develop an understanding of how an effective database supports the business decision-making process. After taking this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for Access. Completion of CIS 1101 or prior database experience is recommended for this course.
    Information Management: Access andView-CIS 1240n/a3
    Course Subject: CSCI         Course Number:1040
    Course Title:Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL)      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:The goal of this course is to teach students how to design, build and use databases utilizing Microsoft SQL Server. The students will also learn to enter and retrieve information. They will learn SQL commands and query creation, including complex multi-table joins, and display and analyze query results. Students will design their own databases and deploy them on Microsoft SQL Server.Possessing skills in performing common Windows tasks working with applications, or taking CSci 1000, is highly recommended.
    Fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL) andView-CSCI 1040n/a3
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1220
    Course Title:Decision Making Excel      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course uses Microsoft Excel as a problem solving tool in analyzing and designing solutions for common business and organizational problems and then using that information to guide decision-making. This course is for anyone who has to analyze, share, chart and manage information to make more informed decisions. Problems are taken from management, accounting and finance, manufacturing and production, sales and marketing and human resources. Beginning to advanced spreadsheet concepts covered include creating, editing, formatting, printing and saving worksheets, creating charts, filtering lists, creating pivot tables, inventing macros, importing data, creating data tables, evaluating and using functions, constructing formulas, integrating worksheet data with other programs and ethical Excel practices. After this course, the student would be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Excel Exam. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Decision Making ExcelView-CIS 1220n/a3
                                   Total Credits Required12

  • Program Outcomes

    • Create, format, analyze, and present documents such as Word documents, Excel documents, Access documents, and PowerPoint presentations to effectively communicate in business in accordance with professional standards.
    • Analyze data presented in business cases requiring information management effectively using Access to create databases to show information in a variety of formats.
    • Use SQL Server integrated information for query building by analyzing the results. 
    • Develop, analyze, and evaluate spreadsheets using advanced technical skills.  Students will think critically, independently, creatively and resourcefully to apply knowledge to solve new problems and provide information to guide business decision making, complete real world business tasks, use ethical practices and communicate results.

  • Career Opportunities

    ​Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    ​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504