School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Information Technology - Computer Network Systems Option: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Greenville, SC Campus

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Information technology (IT) is a diverse area of study encompassing several computer-based system and application areas. The advancement of computers and communication technology continues to have profound impact on our lives. A need exists for technically competent individuals to provide appropriate computing solutions for users. The objective of the IT program is to provide a broad-based foundation in the area of IT and a concentration in one of four IT options.

In addition to technical knowledge, it is important for IT workers to be able to communicate, handle multi-tasking situations and to assess user needs when developing computer-based solutions.

The Computer Network Systems option of the IT program can help graduates prepare to perform tasks associated with installing upgrading and maintaining computer network systems in typical LAN/WAN environments. This option explores a number of networking and internetworking technologies. Additional curriculum topics, investigated through classroom and laboratory experiences, include introductory computer programming, survey of operating systems, network design and implementation, network systems management and other related technical subjects. Information Technology (Computer Network Systems) consists of a foundation core of computing and general education courses, followed by studies in computer network systems applications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may begin their careers in Information Technology involving the option pursued in a variety of entry-level positions. For the Computer Network Systems option, such positions may include computer network analyst, computer network technician, help desk analyst and WAN/LAN technician. For the Software Applications and Programming option, such positions may include database programmer, junior programmer, software support technician and software tester. For the Web Development option, such positions may include web administrator, web applications developer, web/software developer and website developer.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving information technology.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

School Equipment

Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain courses may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

This program of study offers four options of coursework for a student to pursue. All of the courses (as such courses may be revised or modified from time to time by the school in its discretion) in one of the following options must be successfully completed.

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course Number Course Credit Hours  
Total 96
General Education Courses
GE117 Composition I+ 4
GE127 College Mathematics I+ 4
GE184 Problem Solving+ 4
GE192 College Mathematics II+ 4
GE217 Composition II+ 4
GE273 Microeconomics+ 4
GE347 Group Dynamics+ 4
Subtotal 28
Core Courses
IT104 Introduction to Computer Programming+ 4
IT109 Microsoft Desktop Operating System+ 4
IT113 Structured Cabling+ 4
IT203 Database Development+ 4
IT220 Network Standards and Protocols+ 4
IT221 Microsoft Network Operating System I+ 4
IT222 Microsoft Network Operating System II+ 4
IT250 Linux Operating System+ 4
IT255 Introduction to Information Systems Security+ 4
IT260 Networking Application Services and Security+ 4
IT302 Linux System Administration+ 4
IT320 WAN Technology and Application+ 4
IT321 Network Technology and Service Integration+ 4
IT331 Network Development Capstone Project+ 4
Subtotal 56
Technical Basic Courses
TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4
TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers+ 4
TB332 Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+ 4
Subtotal 12

+In this program, this course may be taught either completely in residence at the school, completely online over the Internet as a distance education course or partially in residence and partially online, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses that the school decides to teach all or partially online over the Internet. In order to help students become familiar with fundamentals of taking courses online over the Internet, the school may determine that a portion of the first online course that a student takes in this program must be taken online at the school in a supervised setting.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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Information Technology - Computer Network Systems
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2007
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