Network Administration Curriculum

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A network administrator does not have to know the latest and greatest but they can never be too far behind the "bleeding edge" that defines cutting edge computer technology.

First Semester

Computer Hardware

NET-110 Credits: 3

An introduction to the modern day PC. Topics include motherboards, memory, processors, input devices, storage devices, output devices, basic operating systems, troubleshooting, and configurations. Students will gain hands-on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.

LAN Based Network & Equipment & Design

NET-120 Credits: 3

An introduction to network design fundamentals. Topics include: OSI reference model, LAN topologies, cabling systems, protocols, network design, planning and LAN based equipment. Students will gain hands-on experience through various wiring exercises.

Computer Systems & Applications

ET-121 Credits: 3

This Course will provide an overview of microcomputer operation, Microsoft operating Systems, and the Microsoft Office software suite, to include the fundamentals of networks and internet usage.

English Composition

GS-130 Credits: 3

This course provides students with the rhetorical foundations required to become proficient writers in the academic and professional world. Students will learn and apply the principles of effective writing through extensive practice in creating drafts, revisions, and final essays in a variety of context. Class discussion and readings will focus on the function of literacy in professional and personal contexts.

College Algebra

MA-122 Credits: 4

Topics covered include exponents, word problems, linear equations, graphing straight lines and parabolas, factoring, simplifying fractions, fractional equations, simultaneous equations, solving quadratics, ratio and proportion, and variation.

The network administration program is designed to improve your chances of employment and prepare you to advance in your chosen field. Our technical courses provide the knowledge base required to enter and work in your chosen field. The associated communication courses provide training in those skill sets that increase your management potential.

Our Network Administration Program delivers hands-on instruction with excellent career placement opportunities. Focus on improving your skills, confident that the supporting coursework will help you to grasp those seemingly unrelated skills that are essential to excel in this critical field.


Second Semester

Operating Systems I

NET-160 Credits: 3

An introduction to client/server operating systems such as Windows ME, Windows XP and Linux. Topics will include: OS Architecture, planning and installation network components, configuring, managing and troubleshooting. Students will gain hands-on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.

Operating Systems II

NET-170 Credits: 3

An introduction to client/server operating systems such as the Windows 2003 server. Topics will include planning and installation, OS Architecture, network components, configuring, managing, security and administration. Students will gain hands-on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.

General Physics

ET-129 Credits: 5

Co-requisite: MA-132

A study of the principals of physics, including vectors, waves, laws of motion, friction, equilibrium, energy, work, power, simple machines, temperature, heat and electricity.

Thinking Critically

GS-132 Credits: 3

Thinking is a learned behavior which can be analyzed and modified. Thinking is not an automatic function. This course examines thinking skills and attitudes with the goal of gaining some measure of control over them. Topics discussed include problem solving, goal setting, analyzing situations, bias, and creativity.


MA-132 Credits: 4

Prerequisite: MA-122
Topics include the solution of right and oblique triangles, vectors, radian measure, polar coordinates, trigonometric and parametric graphs, trigonometric identities and equations, and exponential and logarithmic equations.

Third Semester

Advanced WAN & LAN Networking

NET-210 Credits: 3

Prerequisite NET-120
An advance course in WAN and LAN networks. Topics include: Virtual LAN’s, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, switching technology, Voice or IP, Voice over IP, Voice and Data internetworking, cryptography and network security.

Enterprise Based OS

NET-220 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: NET-170
Severs in an enterprising environment such as Windows 2003 Server. Topics include directory services, advanced network configurations, configuring Internet services, optimization and troubleshooting. Students will gain hands on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.

Principles of Accounting

MA-125 Credits: 3

An introduction to basic accounting concepts and procedures. Use of various accounting systems to maintain financial records, prepare statements, maintain inventory and document plant assets.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

GS-221 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
An introduction to the study of human behavior in the workplace. Students will learn to apply knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology as it may affect them as employee, coworker, and/or supervisor. Areas of emphasis include: job analysis, employee selection and placement, organizational structure and communication, motivation, leadership/management styles, employee performance, and job satisfaction.

Advanced Mathematics with Calculus

MA-232 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: MA-132
Topics covered include advanced trigonometry, straight lines, conic sections, limits, derivatives of algebraic functions, and problem solving using computer applications in mathematical software.

The workplace is hands on application shouldn’t education include hands on instruction.

The benefit of work experience can not be over stated.  An internship can provide that work experience.

Internships can turn into job offers.

Sometimes internships extend beyond the summer.

Fourth Semester

WAN Fundamentals

NET-250 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: NET-120
The use of WAN network connects. Topics will include: OSI reference model, WAN protocols, Internetworking operating system, network protocols, routing, and network security. Students will gain hands-on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.

Internet Fundamentals

NET-260 Credits: 3

A basic understanding of Internet Services. Topics will include; Internet information system and Internet Basics, installation and configuration services, monitoring and optimization, proxy server basics, installing proxy server, configuring proxy server, managing advance features, security, optimization, and troubleshooting. Students will gain hands-on experience through various installation and configuration exercises.


NET-270 Credits: 3

A preparation for students to administrate a TCP/IP network. Topics will include planning, installation, and configuration, IP addressing, subnet addressing, implementing IP routing, IP address resolution, host name resolution, domain name systems, Net BIOS name resolution, dynamic host configuration, IP and Unix printing, connectivity, implementing SNMP service, performance, tuning, optimization, and troubleshooting.

Principles of Technical Writing

GS-233 Credits: 3

Prerequisite: GS-130
Students will learn the principles of effective, audience centered technical communication with emphasis on writing and editing technical documents (manuals, recommendations, proposals, business letters, and memoranda) with precision, clarity and purpose while applying the principles of graphic design and visual representation.

Oral Communications

GS-239 Credits: 3

The purpose of this course is to instruct students in the principles of effective public speaking so that they will gain confidence, poise and proficiency in delivering speeches in a variety of situations. Students will be required to give impromptu, demonstration, persuasive, informative, and ceremonial speeches and a major business-style group oral presentations. Critical listening skills and ethical public speaking practices will be arranged by Department Coordinator.