School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Information Technology - Computer Network Systems: Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
Pittsburgh, PA Campus

Course Descriptions

GE117P Composition I | A 4 credit hour Composition course

This course covers phases of the writing process, with special emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for writing clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE127P College Mathematics I | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and triangles and trigonometric functions. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GE184P Problem Solving; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GE184P Problem Solving | A 4 credit hour Science course

This course introduces students to problem solving techniques and helps them apply the tools of critical reading, analytical thinking and mathematics to help solve problems in practical applications.

GE192P College Mathematics II | A 4 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include, but is not limited to, the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

GE217P Composition II | A 4 credit hour Humanities course

This course focuses on appropriate rhetoric structures and styles for analytical and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, reading skills and elements of research in the information age. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

GE273P Microeconomics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

This course introduces the economic way of thinking as it provides the basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms, and government and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: GE117P Composition I or equivalent, GE127P College Mathematics I or equivalent

GE347P Group Dynamics | A 4 credit hour Social Science course

In this course, students examine elements of successful teams and small decision-making groups. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process techniques. Prerequisite: GE117P Composition I or equivalent

IT104P Introduction to Computer Programming | 4 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for understanding the logical function and process of computer programming in a given language environment. Basic computer programming knowledge and skills in logic and syntax will be covered. Coding convention and procedures will be discussed relevant to the given programming language environment. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT109P Microsoft Desktop Operating System | 4 credit hours

This course introduces general knowledge and skills required in installation, configuration and management of popular Microsoft operating system(s) for standalone and network client computers. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT113P Structured Cabling | 4 credit hours

This course provides the study of industry standards and practices involved in wiring a computer network, including media and protocol specifications, connection topologies, installation, testing and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145P Introduction to Computing

IT203P Database Development | 4 credit hours

This course introduces relational database concepts and the role of databases in both Windows and Web applications. The course introduces basic data modeling and normalization concepts. Extensible Markup Language (XML) is also introduced. Prerequisite: TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

IT220P Network Standards and Protocols | 4 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for students pursuing knowledge and skills in computer networking technologies. Major concepts such as OSI and TCP/IP models, network media specifications and functions, LAN/WAN protocols, topologies and capabilities will be discussed. Industry standards and a brief historical development of major networking technologies will be surveyed in conjunction with basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145P Introduction to Computing

IT221P Microsoft Network Operating System I | 4 credit hours

The current Microsoft networking server operating system will be the focus of this course. Coverage includes installation, configuration and management of a popular Microsoft network server in relation to its clients and to other servers. Aspects of typical Microsoft client-server network administration functions are discussed. Prerequisite: IT109P Microsoft Desktop Operating System

IT222P Microsoft Network Operating System II | 4 credit hours

This course serves as an extension on Microsoft network server technologies. Issues on infrastructure administration are discussed. Aspects of active directory technologies will be introduced. Prerequisite: IT221P Microsoft Network Operating System I

IT250P Linux Operating System | 4 credit hours

Installation, configuration and management of a Linux operating system will be explored. Focus will be on functions that resemble the UNIX environment. Directory and file management, user account management and certain device management (such as drives, printers, interface cards, etc.) will be discussed. Prerequisite: TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

IT255P Introduction to Information Systems Security | 4 credit hours

This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of counter measures in the information systems environment. Topics include definition of terms, concepts, elements, and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity and confidentiality aspects of information systems. Prerequisites: IT220P Network Standards and Protocols, IT221P Microsoft Network Operating System I, IT250P Linux Operating System

IT260P Networking Application Services and Security | 4 credit hours

This course explores common network-based services such as Web services, email and FTP in a given server operating systems environment. Related security issues will also be discussed. Prerequisite: IT222P Microsoft Network Operating System II

IT302P Linux System Administration | 4 credit hours

This course covers intermediate to advanced system and network administrative tasks and related skills required by a Linux based network. Functional areas include the setup, configuration, maintenance, security and troubleshooting of Linux servers and related services in a complex network environment. Tools and scripting skills associated with these areas will also be discussed. Prerequisite: IT250P Linux Operating System

IT320P WAN Technology and Application | 4 credit hours

This course discusses typical Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies along with survey on existing services and applications. Introductory router configuration skills will be included. Prerequisite: IT220P Network Standards and Protocols

IT321P Network Technology and Service Integration | 4 credit hours

Discussions on areas where computer networking and telecommunication technologies converge in today''s networking and internetworking industry. Concepts and case studies of how voice, data and video can be integrated on to one network will be discussed. Extended coverage on router configuration will be included. Prerequisite: IT320P WAN Technology and Application

IT331P Network Development Capstone Project | 4 credit hours

Network design and implementation project to be jointly agreed upon by the student and the faculty member. The project includes major process of product lifecycle such as data gathering and analysis, needs assessment, planning, designing, testing, implementation, documentation, etc., in addition to actually building a simulated network using existing equipment. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including IT260P Networking Application Services and Security or equivalent and IT320P WAN Technology and Application or equivalent

TB133P Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4 credit hours

The course reviews characteristics and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professional and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

TB143P Introduction to Personal Computers | 4 credit hours

Organization of a typical Personal Computer (PC) is examined in a given popular operating systems environment. Terminology and concepts related to major PC hardware components and their functions will be discussed consistent with industry standards and practices.

TB332P Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development | 4 credit hours

Students are required to plan and compile their projects in the form of a portfolio. Instruction on interviewing procedures and writing business communications is also included in this course. Prerequisite: Students must have completed 72 quarter credit hours prior to taking this course


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Nick Collins
Information Technology - Computer Network Systems
Associate of Applied Science

Graduated 2007
Omaha, NE

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