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Associate in Applied Science Degree

Information Technology - Computer Network Systems

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 computer network systems.

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 Information Technology - Computer Network Systems 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.

Graduates of this program may begin their careers in Information Technology - Computer Network Systems in a variety of entry-level positions in various fields involving information technology - computer network systems, such as computer network analyst, computer network technician, help desk analyst and WAN/LAN technician.

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

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

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.

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

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: TB133J 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: TB133J Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
GE184
Problem Solving+

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.

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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 28.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
IT104J
Introduction to Computer Programming+

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: TB143J Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

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4
IT109J
Microsoft Desktop Operating System+

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: TB143J Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

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4
IT113J
Structured Cabling+
4
IT203J
Database Development+

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: TB133J Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4
IT220J
Network Standards and Protocols+

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: TB143J Introduction to Personal Computers or TB145 Introduction to Computing

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4
IT221J
Microsoft Network Operating System I+

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: IT109J Microsoft Desktop Operating System

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4
IT222J
Microsoft Network Operating System II+

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: IT221J Microsoft Network Operating System I

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4
IT250J
Linux Operating System+

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: TB143J Introduction to Personal Computers or equivalent

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4
IT255J
Introduction to Information Systems and Security+

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: IT220J Network Standards and Protocols, IT221J Microsoft Network Operating System I, IT250J Linux Operating System

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4
IT260J
Networking Application Services and Security+

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: IT222J Microsoft Network Operating System II

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4
IT302J
Linux System Administration+

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: IT250J Linux Operating System

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4
IT320J
WAN Technology and Application+

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: IT220J Network Standards and Protocols

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4
IT321J
Network Technology and Service Integration+

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: IT320J WAN Technology and Application

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4
IT331J
Network Development Capstone Project+

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. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 80 credits earned in the program of study including IT260J Networking Application Services and Security or equivalent and IT320J WAN Technology and Application or equivalent

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4
Subtotal 56.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
TB133J
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

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.

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4
TB143J
Introduction to Personal Computers+

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.

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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 12.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Total
96
Subtotal 96.0

Notes

+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 the 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.