Information Systems Technology Network Engineer

Program emphasizes designing, creating, and maintaining local area networks and wide area networks, including software management, voice telephony services, switches, firewalls, routers, servers, workstations, and virtualization technologies. Virtualization courses include VMware ICM, O&S, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Hyper-V, and SAN and NAS Storage Technologies.

Award: Associate of Applied Science 

Program Description:  This program contains courses which provide an emphasis on designing, creating and maintaining local area networks and wide area networks. Courses providing instruction in Microcomputer Software Management, Voice Telephony Services, Switches, Firewalls, Routers, Servers, Workstations, and basic Electronics concepts are an integral part of the curriculum. Students will learn how to operate the newest networking equipment and software available today that will prepare them for numerous employment opportunities. General education and business-related courses provide the student with a perspective on the role of technology in today’s society. Upon satisfactory completion of the four semester program, the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology - Network Specialization will be awarded.

    Program Outcomes

    Graduates will be able to:

    1. Implement Information Technology skills required by software applications.
    2. Apply methodologies to stay current in IT offerings, trends, and certifications.
    3. Apply analytical and problem solving skills for computer system designs, planning, and support.
    4. Design, code, test, debug, and document software needed for computer system implementation and maintenance.
    5. Apply current IT industry standards, protocols, and techniques.
    6. Use instructional applications and material which could lead to industry certifications.

    Program Information

    Minimum credits: 66

    Length: 2 years – A full-time student may complete this program in four semesters.

    Career opportunities:

    • Computer Support Specialist: $28,990-81,260
      Job growth: 12%
    • Data Communications Specialist: $31,700-81,430|
      Job growth: 8%
    • Network Administrator: $46,280-62,450
      Job growth: 8%
    • *Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2015. BLS.gov

    Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

    Contact: 434.797.8474

    Purpose: The Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Information Systems Technology - Network Specialization is designed for those persons seeking employment in the field of network communications upon graduation. Persons currently employed in another field
    of information processing and seeking advancement will benefit from this program. In addition, persons already employed in the networking field and preparing for certification examinations will find the material in this program helpful.

    Program Coordination: Credits earned in the Network Technology and Networking Technology Fundamentals CSC may count towards the requirements of this degree.

    Industry Certifications:

    • Cisco Certified Entry Technician (CCENT)
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
    • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking & Server
    • CompTIA A+ Hardware & Software
    • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows Server
    • VMware Certified Associate (VCA)

    Program Requirements: To receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree, you must complete a minimum of 69 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better. The following outline represents the typical order of courses planned for full-time students.

    Occupational Objectives: The following occupational titles represent examples of possible employment opportunities:

    • PC Support Specialist
    • PC Support Technician
    • Network Administrator
    • Network Support Specialist
    • Network Engineer
    • Data Communications Specialist

    Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into this program requires completion of four units of high school English and one unit of college preparatory high school algebra.

    If you meet the general admission requirements, a counselor will discuss with you the strengths and weaknesses of your academic background and your strengths and weaknesses as revealed by an appropriate placement test. You may correct any deficiencies in your academic preparation in the College’s Developmental Studies program.

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    Business and Engineering Program Course Syllabi

    Course Sequence

    First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
    AST 114 Keyboarding for Information Processing1 2 0 2 2
    BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3 0 3 3
    ITE 221 PC Hardware & OS Architecture 3 0 3 3
    ITN 154 Network Fundamentals, Router Basics, & Configuration (ICND1) - Cisco 3 2 5 4
    MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning (or approved sub) 3 0 3 3
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
      15 2 17 16

    1 Students having prior keyboarding experience may request testing out.

    Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
    ACC 111 Accounting I 3 0 3 3
    BUS 236 Communications in Management 3 0 3 3
    ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3 0 3 3
    ITN 102 Intro to Networked Client Operating Systems (LAN) 3 2 5 4
    ITN 155 Switching, Wireless, & WAN Technologies (ICND2) - Cisco 3 2 5 4
      15 4 19 17
    Third Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
    ENG 131 Technical Report Writing I 3 0 3 3
    ETR 149 PC Repair 3 0 3 3
    HLT/PED Wellness Elective 0 2 2 1
    HUM Humanities Elective 3 0 3 3
    ITN 103 Administration of Networked Servers 3 2 5 4
    ITN 156 Basic Switching & Routing - Cisco 3 2 5 4
      15 6 21 18
    Fourth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
    ITN 254 Virtual Infrastructure: Installation & Configuration 4 0 4 4
    ITN 104 Maintaining Servers in the Networked Infrastructure 3 2 5 4
    ITN 157 WAN Technologies - Cisco 3 2 5 4
    ITN 209 Voice Over Internet Protocol 3 0 3 3
      13 4 17 15