Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

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AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
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COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
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ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
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HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
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HON - Honors Studies
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HSM - Homeland Security Administration
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HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
OPT 110 - Introduction to Optical Technology

3 Credits

Familiarizes students with the important aspects of technical optics, including terminology, fundamentals and principles, optical instruments and their relation to mechanics and electronics; wave optics including such recent developments as lasers; optical processes and testing techniques, and photography and its uses. This course should provide the student with an appreciation of how optics may be related to their own major interests. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify a variety of light sources from their spectra.
2. Explain the functioning of the human visual system.
3. Identify the fundamental concepts of optics, which could include the areas of Geometric Optics, Wave Optics or Quantum Optics.
4. Describe the process used to manufacture different optical components.
5. Describe how concepts in optics play a role in applications or devices found in modern society.
6. Describe the skills and knowledge required for the various careers in the Optics industry.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 131 - Optical Elements and Ray Optics

4 Credits

An introductory course dealing with terminology and techniques in the use of analytical and laboratory methods for planning, executing and evaluating arrangements using components such as mirrors, prisms, thin and thick lenses, diffusers, stops, reticles, and various types of light sources. Reflection, refraction, dispersion, image formation and aberrations are studied with emphasis on the ray concept of light. Three class hours, three laboratory hours. (Students not enrolled in an optical technology program may be admitted to the class with approval of the Department Chairperson.)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the properties of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
2. Analyze the optical properties of different materials.
3. Create basic lens measurements.
4. Calculate the focal length of optical components based on their characteristics.
5. Analyze optical systems for basic characteristics, such as focal length, magnification, image or object location.
6. Create detailed laboratory reports that convey an understanding of optical theory.
7. Describe the function of various optical components, which could include prisms, gratings, positive or negative lenses.
8. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Fall only

OPT 135 - Measurement and Analysis

4 Credits

The student will study the engineering team and the role of the technician on that team. The student will work with basic measurement tools and study the fundamental concepts of metrology. Computer analysis of data using MS Excel will be introduced, including some Six Sigma basic quality control tools. Basic use of Windows PC is expected. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

co-requisite: TEK 101

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Make correct measurements with instruments (metric or English) such as calipers, micrometers, dial gauges or optical comparators.
2. Use gauge blocks (Jo Blocks) properly to inspect dimensions of manufactured parts or calibration of instruments.
3. Convert dimensions between systems of units.
4. Perform accurate calculations, such as averages, standard deviations, confidence intervals, control limits or capability indexes.
5. Use MS Excel to generate neat and legible Process Control Charts.
6. Use MS Excel to generate scatter or line plots on Cartesian, semi-log, or log-log axes.
7. Apply the metric system prefixes to convert values into appropriate Engineering Notation.
8. Demonstrate the proper application of some of the Seven Basic Quality Control Tools of the Six Sigma methodology such as Scatter Plots, Histograms or Control Charts.
9. Demonstrate appropriate analysis using some of the Seven Basic Quality Control Tools of the Six Sigma methodology such as Scatter Plots, Histograms or Control Charts.
10. Demonstrate the "soft" skills necessary to become a valued member of an engineering team such as punctuality, dependability or working well with others.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

OPT 151 - Optical Instruments and Testing

4 Credits

Concepts developed in OPT 131 are applied to the study of illumination and photometry, colorimetry, testing techniques for optical components and systems including the eye, telescope, microscope, photographic systems and optical methods of dimensional measurement. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: OPT 131.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the properties of optical systems.
2. Demonstrate the proper use of equipment for optical testing.
3. Create a Keplerian telescope.
4. Create a Galilean telescope.
5. Build a microscope.
6. Calculate the magnification for a given microscope.
7. Create detailed laboratory reports that convey understanding of optical systems.
8. Test optical components following established guidelines.
9. Analyze optical components test data for defects and aberrations.
10. Create multi element optical systems.
11. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 153 - Fiber Optics

3 Credits

An introduction to the use and testing of fiber optic cable. Cable termination and splicing techniques will be performed. Standard tests of cables and cable systems will be conducted. Two class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 131 or OPT 110 and MTH 140, or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. To fabricate cable splices and terminations.
2. To run standard tests on cable, splices and terminations.
3. To connect and test fiber communication circuits.
4. To analyze fiber system component specifications.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

OPT 201 - Photo Science

4 Credits

The chemical, optical and physical principles of the photographic system. In a series of laboratory assignments, the student gains experience in the use of a wide variety of equipment, as well as techniques of photographic testing of the system for image quality, information capacity, densitometry and sensitometry. Each student plans and executes a pictorial presentation related to a technical project. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 131, OPT 151 and OPT 211, or permission of instructor or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply knowledge of optical systems to photography.
2. Explain optical properties using images taken from a digital camera.
3. Identify all the components of an imaging system.
4. Explain applications of photography basics.
5. Describe, in writing, the techniques used in creating a sample of images (portfolio).
6. Orally report on the techniques used by the individual in creating a sample of images (portfolio).
7. Create a sample of duplicate images that use various stages of image processing techniques.
8. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 211 - Wave Optics and Applications

4 Credits

A study of light waves and how they may be used in today's technology. Electromagnetic radiation, coherence, interference and diffraction phenomena, transfer functions and the generation and use of polarized light. Analysis, manufacturing techniques and use of selected instruments using wave optics such as spectrometers, interferometers, diffraction gratings and thin film coatings. An introduction to properties and use of lasers and holography. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 151 and MTH 140, or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze wave optics phenomena.
2. Explain various applications of wave optics.
3. Apply the basic theory of interferometers to test optical components.
4. Differentiate the following interferometers and their descendents: Fizeau, Newton, Michelson and Shearing.
5. Apply interference and diffraction theory to optical testing.
6. Use interferometers to measure optical components.
7. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Fall only

OPT 213 - Optical Processes

4 Credits

A study of selected materials, processes and test measurement techniques employed in the manufacture of modern optical instruments, including physical principles and equipment used. In the laboratory portion, each student has opportunity to perform all steps in planning, tooling, fabricating, testing, coating and finishing precision optical elements such as telescope mirrors. Two class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 135

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create optical components using manual optical fabrication equipment.
2. Compare optical components to the specification required on the blueprint.
3. Test optical components to the specification required on the blueprint.
4. Create a laboratory notebook according to standard engineering guidelines.
5. Document optical fabrication practices.
6. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Fall only

OPT 215 - Electro-Optical Devices and Systems

5 Credits

Optical and electro-optical instrument phenomena: radiometry, spectrophotommetry detector characteristics, blackbody radiation, light sources and their spectra, electronic instrument use, electronic device specifications, fiber optics and fiber optic systems. Three class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 211, MTH 141, ELT 111

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an improvement in electronic test equipment skills and a better understanding of radiation, its measurement and detection.
2. Compare semiconductor devices and electro optic data sheets.
3. Develop and incorporate image acquisition and manipulation of an image as a numerical matrix.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 231 - Lasers: Technology and Application

4 Credits

This course will stress laser applications in science and industry, including measurement, communication, machining, information recording and holography. The basic principles of laser operation, construction and technology will be discussed in such a way that the student will be able to suggest and implement new ideas, and understand old ones, concerning laser applications and holography. The laboratory will include the actual recording and processing of holograms and other laser experiments. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: OPT 211 or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe and perform all the necessary steps in the planning, recording and processing of a hologram.
2. Differentiate between the classifications of lasers.
3. Derive beam divergence and spot size.
4. Categorize laser modes, beam profile, interference and coherence.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 233 - Advanced Dimensional Measurement

4 Credits

Instrumentation utilizing several technologies, including electronic pneumatic, optical, mechanical and nuclear are explored. Analysis and means for reducing systematic errors are studies as well as propagation of errors and methods of control, calibration and processing of data by various techniques and devices, including computers. Principles of design are used to develop optimum measuring systems. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: OPT 135 or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
A course to acquaint the student with the history, philosophy, and current theories and practice used in high precision dimensional metrology, as applied in both laboratory and machine shop. Based on the international standard of length, systems of linear and angular measurement techniques are developed. Fundamental concepts are stressed, together with modern tools such as laser interferometers, and the role they play. Laboratory experiments are designed to demonstrate both tools and concepts

Course Offered Fall only

OPT 235 - Advanced Optical Manufacturing

4 Credits

A study of current processes, machinery and tools employing CNC technology that are shaping the methodology in manufacturing optical components. The course is designed to be very interactive, providing laboratory experience on the following subjects: CNC grinding and polishing, planetary grinding and polishing, tolerancing and metrology. Two class hours, four laboratory hours.

Prerequisite: OPT 213 or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Classify the ISO 101110 standards currently being used in defining optical components.
2. Propose the manufacturing process of an optical component from raw material to finished component.
3. Recognize the advantage of employing CNC technology in spherical optical component manufacturing.
4. Recognize the advantage of employing CPM equipment.
5. Perform the proper procedure to test optical components during the manufacturing cycle.

Course Offered Spring only

OPT 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology