Computer and Networking Technology Certificate Course Outline

COMPUTER & NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY
(CERTIFICATE PROGRAM)

OBJECTIVE:
This program will help students gain both the knowledge and skills needed to be confident and ready to work as Computer Technician/IT Administrator/ PC Technician/Help Desk Support in the IT industry with enhanced knowledge of System and Server Administration.

PROGRAM LENGTH:
This program is available both day and evening, meeting five times per week. The program meets approximately 5 hours per class session for a total of 24 hours per week. Students are required to take Employment Preparation and Communication & Customer Relations courses. This brings the program’s length to 33 semester credit hours or 720 classroom hours. The program comprises of approximately 30 weeks of instruction for both day and evening programs.

Course Number Course Title Total Hours Academic Semester Credit Hours
CP100 Computers Essentials 30 1
CA101 IT Essentials 1 60 3
CA102 IT Essentials 2 60 3
CA201 Cisco Network Essential 60 3
CA202 Cisco Routing &Switching Essential 90 4
CA203 Cisco Routing & Switching Troubleshooting 60 3
CA204 Cisco Accessing 90 4
CA301 Cisco Manage Security 90 4
CA304 Cisco Security Implementation 90 4
EN100 Communication & Customer Relations 60 3
EP101 Employment Preparation 30 1
  TOTAL 720 33

 

Course Descriptions:

CP 100 Computer Essentials (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to basic computer concepts using Window Operating Systems and Microsoft Office Applications. Students get an overview of computing concepts and the basics of an Operating System. Students work with Microsoft Word to create, edit, and format standard word processing documents. Basic file management techniques are introduced to organize, store, and retrieve files and documents. Students move on to using Internet applications such as email, web, search engines and networking and examine issues of internet security and privacy. Microsoft Office applications such as Excel will be introduced as well as a brief overview of MS Office applications to create flyers, reports, tables and presentation graphics.

CA101 IT Essentials I (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course develops the working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers, and how to troubleshoot hardware and software issues. Hands-on labs and the Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. By the end of the course students will apply practical skills and procedures needed for hardware and software installations, upgrades and troubleshooting.

CA102 IT Essentials II (Prerequisite: CA101 IT Essentials 1, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course teaches the implementation of basic hardware and software security principles. Students will learn to install and navigate an operating system. The purpose of preventative maintenance will be explained, as well as the identification of elements in the troubleshooting process. This course will also help students prepare for the entry-level ICT career opportunities and Comp TIA A+ certification.

CA201 Cisco Network Essential (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to the basics of routing, switching and advanced technologies in preparation for the CCENT and CCNA certification exams. The students study the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of this course the students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP and Addressing schemes.

CA202 Cisco Routing & Switching Essential (Prerequisite: CA201, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course takes students to the next level in describing the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Student in this course will learn the routing, switching and advanced technologies to prepare for the CCENT certification exam. By the end of the course students will know how to configure routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single are and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

CA203 Cisco Routing & Switching Troubleshooting (Prerequisite: CA202, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course gives students more comprehensive networking concepts, from network applications to the protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSP F, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.

CA204 Cisco Accessing WAN (Prerequisite: CA203, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course continues to the next level of the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. This course will also prepare the students for the CCNA certificate program. By the end of this course, students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

CA301 Cisco Manage Security (Prerequisite: CA204, 4 Semester Credit Hours)
In this course students will be introduced to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. By the end of the course the students will implement firewall technologies to secure the network perimeter, and configure IPS to mitigate attacks on the network.

CA304 Cisco Security Implementation (Prerequisite: CA301, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course will enable the Students to describe LAN security considerations and implement end point and Layer 2 security features. They will be able to describe methods for implementing data confidentiality and integrity and also implement secure virtual private networks. Also students will be able to implement firewall technologies using the ASA to secure the network perimeter.

EN100 Communication and Customer Relations (No prerequisite, 3 Semester Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to effective written & verbal communication. They will explore the language of global business, alongside the study of leadership, management and communication across national boundaries with cultural understanding and awareness. In addition, this course provides students with the foundation of sound customer service and customer relations.

EP101 Employment Preparation (No prerequisite, l Semester Credit Hours)
In this seminar, students will learn how to conduct a job search, including locating sources of employment, writing letters of application, creating a resume, and interviewing for a job with necessary follow-up procedures.