Information Systems Technology - Network Specialization

Award: ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

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

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 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.

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.

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Business and Engineering Program Course Syllabi

Course Sequence

First Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
AST114 Keyboarding for Computer Usage 2 0 2
BUS100 Introduction to Business 3 0 3
ITE221 PC Hardware and OS Architecture 3 0 3
ITN154 Network Fundamentals, Router Basics, and configurations (ICND1) - Cisco 3 2 4
MTH121 Fundamentals of Math I or Approved Math Elective 3 0 3
SDV100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
  Total 15 2 16
Second Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
ACC111 Accounting I 3 0 3
BUS236 Communication in Management 3 0 3
ECO120 Survey of Economics 3 0 3
ITN102 Introduction to Networked Client Operating Systems 4 0 4
ITN155 Switching, Wireless, and WAN Technologies 3 2 4
  Total 16 2 17
Third Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
ENG131 Technical Report Writing 3 0 3
ETR149 PC Hardware Repair 3 0 3
HLT/PED Elective 0 2 1
HUM Elective 3 0 3
ITN103 Administration of Networked Servers 4 0 4
ITN156 Basic Switching and Routing - Cisco 3 2 4
  Total 16 4 18
Fourth Semester   Lecture Hours Lab Hours Course Credits
ITN-254 Virtual Infrastructure (VMware ICM) 4 0 4
ITN104 Maintaining Servers in the Networked Infrastructure 4 0 4
ITN157 WAN Technologies - Ciscoisco 4 3 2 4
ITN209 Introduction to Voice over IP/Digital Communications 3 0 3
  Total 14 2 15

Total Minimum Credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Information Systems Technology - Network Specialization: 66

* All Networking students should elect to take Cisco courses when given an elective choice.  Ask Mr. Carrigan if you have any questions.

* Please visit http://www.dccnetclub.com for details on the program and on our club.

* Please visit http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/Departments/B&EIT/IT/IT.htm for details on the Networking Track III Curriculum.