Associate of Applied Science Degree

Information Systems Administration (Online Program)

Objectives

The purpose of this program is to help students prepare for entry-level positions in network systems administration related professions. The curriculum of the program focuses on technical, business and general education cores of studies. The technical core covers knowledge and skills in computer systems, operating systems, local and wide area network systems, telecommunications fundamentals and the administrative tasks related to such systems. Students will be taught to perform installation, configuration, administration and routine maintenance tasks. Courses in the business core will introduce basic business functions, organizational structures and behaviors and technology applications in business settings. The general education core will offer studies in the humanities, mathematics, science and the social sciences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may pursue careers in a variety of entry-level positions involving computer and network systems installation, configuration, administration and maintenance tasks.

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Admission Requirements

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

School Equipment

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the online courses in the program, including, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software, Internet service and an e-mail account.

Online Courses

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Online Student Preparation - Prior to starting any of the online courses in this program, the student is encouraged to complete the online student preparation, which describes the protocols that the student must follow when taking an online course.

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Computer, Software Requirements and Specifications and Internet Service

The student must have access to a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment), software and Internet service that satisfy the following specifications:

Minimum Requirements for Computer: Pentium IV or equivalent PC-compatible (MacIntosh or Unix-based machines are not supported), 512MB RAM (1GB preferred), CD-ROM, 5GB free space (10GB preferred) on master hard drive.

Minimum Requirements for Software: Windows XP or 2000 (or higher), Microsoft Office Professional 2003 (or higher), Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher), and functional e-mail address with file attachment capabilities. The student will be required to obtain any software tools, plug-ins and/or applications identified in the course syllabus for any course in the program of study..

Minimum Requirements for Internet Service: 56Kb modem (cable or DSL connection strongly preferred).

Class Size

Classes generally range in size from 15 to 25 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

Course Number Course Credit Hours
GE117
Composition I+

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: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE127
College Mathematics I+

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: GE184 Problem Solving or TB184 Problem Solving or GE150 Survey of the Sciences or equivalent; Prerequisite or Corequisite: TB133 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE192
College Mathematics II+

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: GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
GE217
Composition II+

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: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
GE273
Microeconomics+

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: GE117 Composition I or equivalent, GE127 College Mathematics I or equivalent

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4
GE347
Group Dynamics+

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: GE117 Composition I or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 24.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
BU121
Introduction to Business In a Global Society+

This foundational course presents an overview of the functions of business in a contemporary global, information and technical environment.

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4
BU131
Business and Information Systems+

This course integrates fundamentals of information systems and technology with aspects of business operation and management. The importance of information systems and its relationship to business operations from an end-user perspective is also addressed in this course. Prerequisite: TB143 Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing or TB150 Computing and Productivity Software

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4
BU232
Business and Database Applications+

This course presents concepts and principles of database development and administration in relation to business applications. Focus is on data mining and analysis for business operations, and database development processes and administration. Prerequisite: BU131 Business and Information Systems

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4
IT180
Logic and Computer Programming+

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of logical functions and the process of programming. Topics include simple data types, control structures, an introduction to array and string data structures, algorithms, and debugging techniques. The course emphasizes good programming principles and developing fundamental programming skills in the context of any given language. Prerequisite: TB145 Introduction to Computing

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4
IT181
OS Platforms and Computer Technologies+

This course offers an overview of operating system platforms, hardware architectures and models, and the essentials of software applications and computer-based systems. Prerequisite: TB145 Introduction to Computing

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4
IT182
Fundamentals of Networking Technologies+

This course offers a survey of networking technologies and the use of networks in an end-user computing environment. Major concepts such as OSI and TCP/IP models, network media specifications and functions, LAN/WAN protocols, topologies, and network infrastructures and capabilities will be discussed. Prerequisite: IT181 OS Platforms and Computer Technologies

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4
IT183
Information Security Fundamentals+

This course offers an overview of security elements, concepts, and information security goals with a focus on availability, integrity and confidentiality concepts and their implementation in information security systems. Prerequisite: IT182 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies

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4
IT280
Networking and Telecommunications+

This course covers basic knowledge of telecommunications infrastructure and topics related to the design and implementation of computer networks. Emphasis is placed on telecommunications components and technologies related to computer networking services and applications. Prerequisite: IT182 Fundamentals of Networking Technologies

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4
IT281
MS Operating Systems I+

This course provides an introduction to the current Microsoft Operating System. Students will learn how to install, configure, administer and manage a Microsoft platform. Additionally, customization, command line, system configuration and troubleshooting topics in a windows environment will be discussed. Prerequisite: IT181 OS Platforms and Computer Technologies

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4
IT282
MS Operating Systems II+

This course covers the current Microsoft network operating system in a client-server environment. Topics covered include intermediate and advanced features of the Windows networking server, with special attention given to the Registry S/U grade option and managing and maintaining a server environment. Prerequisite: IT281 MS Operating Systems I

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4
IT283
Linux Networking Operating Systems+

This course covers the principals of Linux as a network operating system and its basic hardware requirements and configurations. Linux installations, use of Linux services, configuration, administration and hardware interactions are discussed. Prerequisite: IT181 OS Platforms and Computer Technologies

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4
IT284
MS Network Systems Administration+

This course covers the design, planning and administration of a Microsoft network environment with emphasis on the implementation of Active Directory infrastructure. Network systems administration and management using network performance monitoring and analytical tools will also be discussed. Prerequisite: IT282 MS Operating Systems II

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4
IT380
Linux Network Systems Administration+

This course introduces students to the administration and management of a Linux network environment. The course also covers the features and benefits of a Linux based infrastructure including Linux servers' configuration, security and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: IT283 Linux Networking Operating Systems

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4
IT381
Network Systems Capstone Project+

In this course, the student and the instructor agree upon a comprehensive Network Systems project that includes the design, planning and implementation of a multiple platform network environment using both a Linux and a Microsoft infrastructure. The student will utilize standard project lifecycle milestones such as requirements gathering, analysis, needs assessment, planning, designing, testing, implementation, documentation and completion. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including IT283 Linux Networking Operating Systems or equivalent and IT284 MS Network Systems Administration or equivalent

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Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB139A
Strategies for Learning in a Technical Environment+

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

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4
TB141
Introduction to Productivity Software+

The course covers the fundamentals of productivity software. Emphasis is placed on word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and presentations as well as integration of productivity software.

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4
TB145
Introduction to Computing+

The course offers an overview of the computing field and computer technology trends with emphasis on terminology and concepts related to PC hardware and software components and their functions from a hands-on approach. Entry-level hands-on skills as well as theory in handling PC hardware will be taught.

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4
TB332
Professional Procedures and Portfolio Development+

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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4
Subtotal 16.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

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Notes

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

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.