NETWORKING SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY– CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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NETWORKING SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY– CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Networking Systems Technology program is certified as a Cisco Academy and accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The degree program includes Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) instruction and the Cisco certified course “Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling”.  The program curriculum focuses on networking and digital communications from an industry perspective.  The world continues to operate in the age of information technology.  The demands on current network and communications infrastructures require a technically-savvy workforce - a workforce that can design or redesign networks and deploy new technologies while maintaining system up time with data and network security.  A successful network technician must have a solid foundation of local area networking (LAN), wide area networking (WAN), computer hardware repair and installation, and computer software troubleshooting and installation skills in order to keep up with rapidly changing technologies.  Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) skills are included in the program and students with the goal to work in digital communications can elect to take a fiber optic technology course that is certified by the Fiber Optic Association.

A graduate of the Networking Systems Technology program will have the skills to work in areas such as LAN, WAN, System Administration, or Digital Communications.

It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses.  Students are also required to pass one industry certification prior to graduation.  Students choose from certifications that are specific to the curriculum and approved by industry advisors.

Program Mission

The mission of the Networking Systems Technology program is to provide students with the technical and interpersonal skills needed to enter the field of computer networking or digital communications.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical approaches to problem solving.
  • Network administrator skills required in business, government, and/or education.
  • Project management skills.
  • Advanced network administrator skills to plan, install and test the implementation, and/or upgrade of digital communications systems.

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
NST 103 Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling 3
NST 105 System Maintenance 3
NST 115 Operating Platforms 3
NST 131 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
NST 180 Internship I 4
NST 185 Internship II 4
OR      
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Approved Elective 3
NST 203 Scaling Networks 3
NST 205 Linux Administration and Installation 3
NST 210 Microsoft Network Administration 3
NST 219 Accessing the Wide Area Network (WAN) 3
NST 292 Fundamentals of Network Security 6
NST/CPP Elective Networking Systems Technology/Computer Application Development Approved Elective 3-4
NST/CPP Elective Networking Systems Technology/Computer Application Development Approved Elective 3-4
BUS 260 Project Management 3
COM 211 Technical Writing 3
    SUB-TOTAL 49-52
       
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
Must Include:  
PHY 101/102 College Physics 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” courses and pass an industry certification.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 69-72

 

Networking Systems Technology

Classification of Instructional Programs – 11.0901

One-Year Certificate

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
NST 103 Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling 3
NST 105 System Maintenance 3
NST 115 Operating Platforms 3
NST 131 Routing and Switching Essentials 3
    SUB-TOTAL 12
       
    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 6
   
Must Include:    
Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication 3  
AND    
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
    SUB-TOTAL 6
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective 3
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective 3
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective 3
CPP Elective Computer Application Development Elective 3
MAT 071 Intermediate Algebra 4
    SUB-TOTAL 16
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS    
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1  
    SUB-TOTAL 1  
         
    It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.    
         
    PROGRAM TOTAL 35  

 

NST  101  Network Fundamentals.  This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks.  The principles and structure of Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the Cisco curriculum. 3 credit hours.

 

NST  103  Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling.  This course, sponsored by Panduit, is designed for students interested in the physical aspects of voice and data network cabling and installation.  The course focuses on cabling issues related to data and voice connections and provides an understanding of the industry and its worldwide standards, types of media and cabling, physical and logical networks, as well as signal transmission.  Students will develop skills in reading network design documentation, part list set up and purchase, pulling and mounting cable, cable management, choosing wiring closets and patch panel installation and termination as well as installing jacks and cable testing.  This hands-on, lab-oriented course stresses documentation, design, and installation issues, as well as laboratory safety, on-the-job safety, and working effectively in group environments.  This course will help prepare students for the BICSI Registered Certified Installer, Level 1 exam.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  105  System Maintenance.  This course covers the diagnosis, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer components.  Topics include hardware compatibility, system architecture, memory, input devices, video displays disk drives, modems and printers.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  115  Operating Platforms.  Course covers popular Operating Systems.  Use and installation is covered for each operating system.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  123  Telecommunications Concepts. This course covers the history of telecommunications, regulatory events, principles of traffic engineering, services available, and factors to be considered in obtaining a new telephone system/new technology.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  131  Routing and Switching Essentials.  This course teaches the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with Routing Information Protocol Version 1 (RIPv1), RIPv2, single-area and multi-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), virtual Local Area Networks (LANs), and inter-Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) routing in both Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6 networks.  Prerequisite:  NST 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  139  Wireless Technology.  This course defines the fundamentals of standards-based technology, giving the student an overview of the design, communication, hardware components, and maintenance associated with wireless Local Area Network (LAN) technology, commonly referred to as Wi-Fi.  In addition, this course will prepare the student for the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) certification.  Prerequisite:  NST 103 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  180  Internship I.  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisite:  Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

 

NST  185  Internship II.  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisite:  Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

 

NST  197  Internship III (Optional).  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisites:  NST 180 and NST 185 or Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

 

NST  203 Scaling Networks.  This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex 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 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), and Virtual Trunking Protocol (VTP ) in both Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6 networks.  Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) operations in a network.  Prerequisite:  NST 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  205 Linux Administration and Installation.  This course takes students through the process of learning Linux.  Students will become familiar with the tools and processes relating to installing and administering a Linux system.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  207  Internship IV (Optional).  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisites:  NST 180, NST 185, and NST 197 or Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

 

NST  210  Microsoft Network Administration.  This course is an introduction to using Windows Server with Active Directory.  Emphasis is placed on installation, configuration, and implementation of a functional Windows Server.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  219  Accessing the Wide Area Network (WAN).  This course teaches the Wide Area Network (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.  Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement Virtual Private Network (VPN) operations in a complex network. Prerequisite:  NST 131 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  235  Fiber Optic Technology.  This course will provide instruction in fiber optic technology including theory, safety, installation, splicing and testing techniques.  Upon successful completion the student may receive Fiber Optic Technician Certification from The Fiber Optic Association.  Prerequisite:  NST 103.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  252  CompTIA Network+.  This course serves as a general introduction for students to acquire a foundation in current network technologies for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the Internet.  It provides an introduction to the hardware, software, terminology, components, design, and connections of a network, as well as the topologies and protocols for LANs.  It covers LAN-user concepts and basic functions of system administration and operation.  The course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on-labs.  This course provides information necessary to pass the CompTIA Network+ exam.  The course is also intended for those who will support or administer networks.  Prerequisite:  NST 105.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  265  Smart Home Technology.  This course teaches students the installation, integration, and troubleshooting of multiple interconnected digital electronic subsystems within the home.  Students are also taught a broad range of basic skills required to design, configure, integrate, maintain, and diagnose digital electronic home automation and control systems.  Students are prepared for the Electronics Technicians Association Residential Electronics System Integrator (RESI) certification exam by using industry recognized curriculum, equipment, and labs.  Smart home technology is considered one of the fastest growing technical career fields.  Prerequisites: NST 103 and NST 131 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  271  Business Communications Systems. The lecture portion of this course will cover the basic hardware components, the software system, and the applications and capabilities of digital business communications systems.  The hands-on portion will allow the students to install and test various business systems.  Prerequisite: NST 105.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  275  Voice over IP.  The Internet Protocol (IP) is quickly changing all facets of communications.  Voice over IP (VoIP) is the current technology in over 70% of new phone system installations.  This course teaches the history, components, protocols and deployment of a modern VoIP system.  The course will include hands-on labs using industry standard equipment.  Prerequisites: NST 103, NST 105, and NST 131 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  280  T1 Networking I.  Digital carrier theory and operations will be taught in this course and will include carrier transmission, signaling, and power requirements.  Also covered will be T1 facilities and the appropriate test procedure for these systems.  Discussion will also include D4 type channel banks.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  285  T1 Networking II.  This course will cover advanced theories and practical applications of installing, testing, and troubleshooting various multiplexers, including D4, SLC-96, and Fiber Light Wave.  Prerequisite:  NST 280.  3 credit hours.

 

NST  292  Fundamentals of Network Security.  Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills to advance their careers.  The curriculum helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities implementing Cisco IOS Network Security technologies.   Prerequisite:  NST 203 with a grade of “C” or better.  6 credit hours.


NST  299
  Special Topics in Networking Systems Technology.  Special Topics in Networking Systems Technology (NST) may include instruction on topics not covered in other NST courses.  Topics covered in other NST courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.