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Network Specialist - IT - Associate Degree

Program Code: 101502

Network specialists are technology professionals who are responsible for network infrastructure, software and desktop deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Network specialists' opportunities for employment can range from network support specialist to network administrators to business technology consultants. Responsibilities can include network and user administration, network infrastructure configuration and support, and security design - all focused on developing and maintaining an active network for optimal performance. Graduates of this associate degree are also prepared to pursue mainstream vendor certifications.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Network Support Specialist: designs and configures networks, installs hardware and software components, and maintains network performance.

Network Administrator: develops security procedures, assigns access rights, installs application software, and configures user profiles.

Successful completion of the course work in this program will also prepare a student to pursue vendor certification as a Network Engineer.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• UNIX/LINUX Administrator
• PC Support Specialist
• Help Desk Technician
• IS Certifications, such as MSCE, A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, VCP-DCV, and CCNA
• Network Analyst
• Microsoft Network Administrator
• Network Certifications such as, CCENT, CCNA, Linux+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, VMware Certified Professional, EMC2

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

• 611504, Networking Pathway Certificate

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
• One year of high school algebra completed.
• User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
• Ability to interact with a computer system (keyboarding or assist device).
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Network Specialist associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-150-163
IT:Network:Cisco 1
3
10-150-163 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 1 ...cable characteristics and termination, structured cabling systems, OSI reference model, IP addressing and subnetting, network architectures and basic protocols, Ethernet switches, basic router operation and configuration. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-175
IT:Network: Network Essentials
3
10-150-175 IT:NETWORK:NETWORK ESSENTIALS...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of client OS installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting; network connectivity; standard system maintenance procedures; command line introduction; and basic PowerShell script writing. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-154-150
IT:Support:Hardware-Intro
3
10-154-150 IT:SUPPORT:HARDWARE-INTRO ...computer network terminology, component identification, POST, computer/peripheral configuration and maintenance, basic operating systems concepts and installations, basic networking concepts and configurations and troubleshooting using the Cisco IT Essentials curriculum. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-804-133
Math & Logic
3
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER
10-105-101
Career Planning
1
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-150-157
IT:Network:Linux 1
3
10-150-157 IT:NETWORK:LINUX 1...an introductory look at the Linux operating system. Installation and configuration; boot up and login process; directory structure purpose/use; maneuvering in the Command Line Interface; understanding Long Directory Listings; Users and Groups; modifying permissions; remote access; starting and stopping services. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1; 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-165
IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1
3
10-150-165 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 1 ...Acquire necessary skills for supporting and configuring Windows Server including installation and configuration of an Active Directory Domain. Account administration, group policy management and core server roles and features are identified while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-410. (Prerequisite: 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-168
IT:Network:Cisco 2
3
10-150-168 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 2 ...Basic configuration of routers and switches; resolving common issues with RIP, OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. (Prerequisite: 10-150-163, IT:Network: Cisco 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-183
IT:Network: Virtualization 1
2
10-150-183 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 1...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skill, process, and understanding of - designing, implementing, and securing aspects of virtualization environments including but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure, and virtual machine installation, configuration, and migration. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, Cisco 1; 10-150-175, Network Essentials) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-195
Economics
3
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER
10-105-103
Career Preparation
1
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
10-150-145
IT:Network:Security Fund
3
10-150-145 IT:NETWORK:SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS ...examine common security vulnerabilities and defenses used to protect network resources. Included is a discussion of security policies, user awareness training, network monitoring, and secure network design. (Prerequisites: 10-150-157, IT:Network:Linux 1; 10-150-165, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 1; 10-150-168, IT:Network:Cisco 2; 10-801-136, English Composition 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-158
IT:Network:Linux 2
2
10-150-158 IT:NETWORK:LINUX 2...installation and configuration of basic Linux Server Applications; Web, FTP, SSH, Samba, etc.; building a Windows (Samba) Network on a Linux server; Troubleshooting boot up, login, and networking failures; Introduction to Firewalls and Security applications. (Prerequisite: 10-150-157, IT:Network: Linux 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-178
IT:Network:Cisco 3
2
10-150-178 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 3...configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, AND VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks; implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network. (Prerequisite: 10-150-168, IT:Network: Cisco 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-187
IT:Network: Microsoft Server 2
3
10-150-187 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 2 ...acquire necessary skills for administering Windows Server environment including Active Directory management, Group Policy, backup and recovery; PowerShell remoting, and infrastructure management; and security concepts while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411. (Prerequisite: 10-150-165, IT:Network: Microsoft Server 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-192
IT:Network:PowerShell
2
10-150-192 IT:NETWORK:POWERSHELL...introduction to PowerShell concepts and how it is used for managing Microsoft networks; develop fundamental understanding of Windows management through the use of native command-lets, programming logic, and script development. (Prerequisite: 10-150-165, Microsoft Server 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-150-170
IT:Network:Capstone
2
10-150-170 IT:NETWORK:CAPSTONE ...individual case studies to review and consolidate the knowledge and skills gained in previous classes. Course is intended to be taken during the student's last semester. (Prerequisites: 10-150-145, IT:Network:Security Fundamentals; 10-150-186, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2;10-150-158, Linux 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-179
IT:Network:Cisco 4
2
10-150-179 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 4...configure and troubleshoot WAN technologies and network devices resolve common issues with data link protocols; implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operation in a complex network. (Prerequisite: 10-150-178, IT:Network:Cisco 3) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-184
IT:Network: Virtualization 2
2
10-150-184 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 2...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of - advanced topics in virtualization including virtual desktop infrastructure, fault tolerance and load balancing of virtual machines and network devices, as well as other virtualization concepts currently utilized in the Information Technology field. (Prerequisite: 10-150-183, Virtualization 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-190
IT:Network:Microsoft Server 3
3
10-150-190 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 3 ...advanced Windows Server administration including advanced Active Directory management, infrastructure, desktop/server deployment; Hyper-V, VDI, PowerShell automation tasks, high availability and other advanced server services while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-411. (Prerequisite: 10-150-187, IT:Network:Microsoft Server 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-197
IT:Network:Linux 3
3
10-150-197 IT:NETWORK:LINUX 3...designing, implementing, and securing various network applications and services in a Linux-based network including, Web, Secure Web, FTP, SSH, DHCP, DNS, IDS, VPN, VOIP, etc.; implementation in a virtual environment. (Prerequisite: 10-150-158, IT:Network:Linux 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-150-199
IT:Network: Career Experience
2
10-150-199 IT:NETWORK: CAREER EXPERIENCE...Students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related, or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-166
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
70
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Design a local area network (LAN) per specifications.
• Construct a local area network using the required physical components.
• Install network hardware including interface cards and cabling.
• Create effective user environments using Microsoft and UNIX/LINUX operating systems.
• Install and configure network and desktop operating system software.
• Install and configure application software.
• Design, implement, and maintain a secure network environment.
• Exercise structured problem solving techniques.
• Develop technical documentation for network configuration and security.
• Communicate technical information effectively.
• Assess the impact of emerging technologies.
• Maintain computer hardware and peripherals.
• Implement and configure wide area network (WAN) services.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during the year contact your academic adviser.

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