Information Systems Technology Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions

Students will receive hands-on experience working with Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN), and learning to troubleshoot technical problems. Students will be given instruction in the skills necessary for dealing with customers and customer networking problems in a business situation. Instruction will prepare students for industry recognized certifications, including A+, Network+, Microsoft Windows and Server, CISCO, Linux+, and Security+.

Recommended Courses

Computer Support Technology - First Semester

course code course title credit hours contact hours
NETW-100 Desktop Hardware and Operating Systems I 6 163
NETW-105 Desktop Hardware and Operating Systems II 6 163
NETW-160 Networking Technology 6 164
NETW-170 Introduction to Linux 6 162
Total 1st Semester Credit Hours 24 650

Network Administration Technology - Second Semester

Course code course title credit hours contact hours
NETW-125          Server Administration I 6 162
NETW-130 Server Administration II 6 163
NETW-253 Information Assurance and Computer Security I 6 162
NETW-263 Information Assurance and Computer Security II 6 163
Total 2nd Semester Credit Hours 24 650
       
Total Credit Hours 48 1300

Recommended course of study prepares the student for certification in:

CompTIA A+ Certification
CompTIA Network+ Certification
CompTIA Security+ Certification
CompTIA Linux+ Certification
Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional

Students completing a technical program may desire to seek the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree.  In addition to completing a technical program, this degree also requires the completion of 18 hours in general education.  Certain courses within this degree may or may not transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions. The student must complete 64 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above.

Description of Courses

CONT-210.  Networking Applications.  Up to 4 Hours (0-196 Contact Hours).  This course provides students with hands-on experience to troubleshoot, repair, and install computer networks.  Students learn basic networking concepts and terminology, as well as troubleshooting techniques.

NETW-100. Desktop Hardware and Operating Systems I. 6 Hours (163 Contact Hours). This course provides the student wit ha broad base of knowledge and competency in technologies including installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance and basic networking of desktop computers.

NETW-105. Desktop Hardware and Operating Systems II. 6 Hours (163 Contact Hours). This course is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in Desktop Hardware and Operating Systems I, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems. Topics will also include customer service and communication skills to work with clients.

NETW-125.  Server Administration I.  6 Hours (162 Contact Hours).  This course provides a comprehensive guide for anyone wanting to obtain a solid background in basic Server Administration concepts and is intended to prepare the student to complete the MCITP certification. This course guides students through the basics of Windows Server Administration.  Students will learn the basics of server setup, installation and purposing in an information technology environment.  This course will also include troubleshooting various server related issues.  

NETW-130.  Server Administration II.  6 Hours (163 Contact Hours).  This course covers advanced topics for anyone wanting to obtain a solid background in basic Server Administration concepts and is intended to prepare the student to complete the MCITP certification.  Students will learn how to integrate network administration in medium and large scale implementations across multiple locations.  Emphasis is given in DNS configuration and Active Directory setup and administration.  Prerequisite:  Server Administration I.

NETW-160. Networking Technology. 6 Hours (164 Contact Hours). This course covers network technologies, media and topologies, devices, management, tools and security. It is designed to provide students a fundamental understanding of internetworking. Topics include an emphasis on OSI network layering model, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) physical technologies, and the latest skills needed by technicians, such as basic principles on how to secure a network.

NETW-170. Introduction to Linux.  6 Hours (162 Contact Hours). This course provides a student with the basic skills to plan, install, and perform day-to-day administration on Linux-based networking environments. Topics covered include planning, installing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting a Linux/UNIX system.

NETW-230.  Network Administration I.  6 Hours (163 Contact Hours).  Introduction to the computer networking field. Covers network terminology and protocols, communication fundamentals in Data networks and the Internet. Includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, using a top down approach, cabling and cabling tools, basic Cisco router, configuration, Ethernet technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and overview of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), basic configuring and testing of the network, and network standards. This course begins preparation for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination. Prerequisite: Networking Technology.

NETW-235.  Network Administration II.  6 Hours (163 Contact Hours).  This course provides advanced instruction of Cisco switches found in medium to large networks. It introduces students to the deployment of state-of-the art Local Area Networks (LAN). The course focuses on the selection and implementation of the appropriate Cisco Internetworking Operating System (IOS) services to build reliable scalable multilayer-switches LANs. Students will develop skills with Virtual LANs (VLAN), Virtual Trunking Protocol (VTP), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), inter-VLAN routing, redundancy, Quality of Service (QoS) issues, LAN  security, and transparent LAN services.

NETW-253. Information Assurance and Computer Security I. 6 Hours (163 Contact hours). This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of network security principles and implementation. Topics covered include authentication, the types of attacks and malicious code that may be used against computer networks, and creating secure off-site connections.

NETW-263. Information Assurance and Computer Security II.  6 Hours (163 Contact Hours). This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of network security policy and attack prevention. Topics covered include the threats and countermeasures for e-mail, Web Applications, remote access, and file and print services. A variety of security topologies will be discussed as well as technologies and concepts used for providing secure communication channels, secure internetworking devices, intrusion detection systems, and firewalls.