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Networking Systems Technology-Telecommunications Option


11.0901

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)


The Networking Systems Technology program is certified as a Cisco Academy and accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The degree program has two options both of which include Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) instruction and the Cisco certified course “Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling”. The first option is the General Option. The curriculum of the General Option focuses on networking from an industry perspective. The world continues to operate in the age of information technology. The demands on current network infrastructures require a network savvy workforce -- a workforce that can design or redesign networks and deploy new technologies while maintaining system up time with data and network security. A successful network technician must have a solid foundation of local area networking (LAN), wide area networking (WAN), computer hardware repair and installation, and computer software troubleshooting and installation skills in order to keep up with rapidly changing technologies.

The second option is the Telecommunications Option that prepares students for employment in the rapidly growing field of digital communications. The technician’s role is to provide customers with voice and data services through a variety of delivery systems. This includes network switching; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); installation and repair of wireless and satellite equipment; T1 testing; fiber optics; digital home technology integration; and many other facets of this fast-paced industry. The Telecommunications Option also includes The Fiber Optic Association (FOA) certified course “Fiber Optic Technology”.

A graduate of the Networking Systems Technology program will have the skills to work in areas such as LAN/WAN networking, System Administration or Digital Communications.

It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses. Students in both options are also required to pass one industry certification prior to graduation. Exam choices are specific to the curriculum and must be approved by the chair.

Program Mission
The mission of the Networking Systems Technology program is to provide students with the technical and interpersonal skills needed to enter the field of computer networking or digital communications.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to assure that the student:

  • Has the opportunity to demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Has the opportunity to demonstrate analytical approaches to problem solving.
  • Is provided an environment that allows the opportunity to demonstrate network administrator skills in business, government and/or in education.
  • Is provided an environment that allows the opportunity to demonstrate project management skills.
  • Is given the opportunity to demonstrate advanced network administrator skills or to plan, install and test the implementation and/or upgrade of digital communications systems.

Program Assessments

  • Fiber-Optic Standard and Advanced (FOA)
  • Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
NST 103 Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling
3
NST 105 System Maintenance
3
NST 180 Internship I
4
NST 185 Internship II
4
OR    
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Approved Elective
3
BUS 260 Project Management
3
CCNA Courses  
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
NST 121 Routing Protocols and Concepts
3
NST 202 Local Area Network (LAN) Switching and Wireless
3
NST 219 Accessing the Wide Area Network (WAN)
3
Optional    
NST 197 Internship III (Optional)
(4)
NST 207 Internship IV (Optional)
(4)
    SUB-TOTAL
28-37
     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    General Education Requirements
19
Must Include
PHY 101/102 College Physics
4
    SUB-TOTAL
19
     
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
General Option
NST 115 Operating Platforms
3
NST 205 Linux Administration and Installation
3
NST 210 Microsoft Network Administration
3
NST 292 Fundamentals of Network Security
6
NST/
CPP
Elective Networking Systems Technology/Computer Programming Approved Elective
3
COM 211 Technical Writing
3
Optional    
NST 275 Voice over IP (Optional)
(3)
    SUB-TOTAL
21-24
OR    
Telecommunications Option
NST 123 Telecommunications Concepts
3
NST 139 Wireless Technoloy
3
NST 235 Fiber Optic Technology
3
NST 265 Digital Home Technology Integration
3
NST 271 Digital Switching I
3
NST 280 T1 Networking I
3
NST 275 Voice over IP
3
OR      
NST 285 T1 Networking II
    SUB-TOTAL
21
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
     
It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.
     
   

PROGRAM TOTAL

69-81



NETWORKING SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY

11.0901
(One-Year Certificate)

 
CORE CURRICULUM
Credit Hours
NST 101 Network Fundamentals
3
NST 103 Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling
3
NST 105 System Maintenance
3
NST 115 Operating Platforms
3
    SUB-TOTAL
12
     
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Must Include:  Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication
3
AND    
Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy
3
    SUB-TOTAL
6
   

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective
3
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective
3
NST Elective Networking Systems Technology Elective
3
CPP Elective Computer Programming Elective
3
MAT 071 Intermediate Algebra
4
    SUB-TOTAL
16
     
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
COM 125 Job Search Strategies
1
    SUB-TOTAL
1
     
It is a graduation requirement of the Networking Systems Technology (NST) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.
     
    PROGRAM TOTAL
35
       

NST  101  Network Fundamentals.  This is the first of four courses designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in networking-related degree programs and helps prepare the student for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.  The students develop the skills necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities of network technicians, administrators, and engineers.  This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks.  It uses the Open Standards Industry (OSI) and Transport Control Protocol (TCP) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers.  The principles and structure of Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum.  Labs use a “model Internet” to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks.  Packet Tracer (PT) activities help students analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment.  At the end of the course, students build simple Local Area Network (LAN) topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; performing basic configurations of network devices, including routers and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes.  Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem-solving techniques in applying science, mathematics, communication and social studies concepts to solve networking problems.  In addition, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance and use of networking software, tools and equipment and local, state and federal safety, building and environmental codes and regulations.  3 credit hours.

NST  103  Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling.  This course, sponsored by Panduit, is designed for students interested in the physical aspects of voice and data network cabling and installation.  The course focuses on cabling issues related to data and voice connections and provides an understanding of the industry and its worldwide standards, types of media and cabling, physical and logical networks, as well as signal transmission.  Students will develop skills in reading network design documentation, part list set up and purchase, pulling and mounting cable, cable management, choosing wiring closets and patch panel installation and termination as well as installing jacks and cable testing.  This hands-on, lab-oriented course stresses documentation, design, and installation issues, as well as laboratory safety, on-the-job safety, and working effectively in group environments.  This course will help prepare students for the BICSI Registered Certified Installer, Level 1 exam.  3 credit hours.

NST  105  System Maintenance.  This course covers the diagnosis, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer components.  Topics include hardware compatibility, system architecture, memory, input devices, video displays disk drives, modems and printers.  3 credit hours.

NST  115  Operating Platforms.  Course covers popular Operating Systems.  Use and installation is covered for each operating system.  3 credit hours.

NST  121  Routing Protocols and Concepts.  This Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course describes the architecture, components, and operation of routers, and explains the principles of routing and routing protocols.  Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot the primary routing protocols Routing Information Protocol (RIPv1), Routing Information Protocol (RIPv2), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).  By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize and correct common routing issues and problems.  Each chapter walks the student through a basic

procedural lab, and then presents basic configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting labs.  Packet Tracer (PT) activities reinforce new concepts, and allow students to model and analyze routing processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand.  Prerequisite:  NST 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  123  Telecommunications Concepts. This course covers the history of telecommunications, regulatory events, principles of traffic engineering, services available, and factors to be considered in obtaining a new telephone system/new technology.  3 credit hours.

NST  139  Wireless Technology.  This course defines the fundamentals of standards-based technology, giving the student an overview of the design, communication, hardware components, and maintenance associated with wireless Local Area Network (LAN) technology, commonly referred to as Wi-Fi.  In addition, this course will prepare the student for the Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS) certification.  Prerequisite:  NST 103 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  180  Internship I.  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisite:  Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

NST  185  Internship II.  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisite:  Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

NST  197  Internship III (Optional).  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisites:  NST 180 and NST 185 or Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

NST  202  Local Area Network (LAN) Switching and Wireless.  This Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how switches operate and are implemented in the LAN environment for small and large networks.  Beginning with a foundational overview of Ethernet, this course provides detailed explanations of LAN switch operation, Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) implementation, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Inter-VLAN routing, and wireless network operations.  Students analyze, configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs, RSTP, VTP, and wireless networks.  Campus network design and Layer 3 switching concepts are introduced.  Prerequisite:  NST 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  205 Linux Administration and Installation.  This course takes students through the process of learning Linux.  Students will become familiar with the tools and processes relating to installing and administering a Linux system.  3 credit hours.

NST  207  Internship IV (Optional).  A networking internship is comprised of work experience in a networking setting which requires the student to perform a variety of tasks.  Internship sites must be approved by the department.  Prerequisites:  NST 180, NST 185, and NST 197 or Chair approval.  4 credit hours.

NST  210  Microsoft Network Administration.  This course is an introduction to using Windows 2000 Server with Active Directory.  Emphasis is placed on installation, configuration and implementation of a functional 2000 Server.  3 credit hours.

NST  219  Accessing the Wide Area Network (WAN).  This Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course explains the principles of traffic control and access control lists (ACLs) and provides an overview of the services and protocols at the data link layer for wide-area access.  Students learn about user access technologies and
devices and discover how to implement and configure Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE), DSL, and Frame Relay.  WAN security concepts, tunneling, and VPN basics are introduced.  The course concludes with a discussion of the special network services required by converged applications and an Introduction to Quality of Service (QoS).  Prerequisite:  NST 101 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  225  Building Scalable Internetworks.  Building Scalable Internetworks is the first of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) designation.  Building Scalable Internetworks introduces Cisco Networking Academy Program students to scalable IP networks.  Students will learn how to create an efficient and expandable enterprise network by installing, configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting network infrastructure equipment (especially routers such as Cisco Integrated Service Routers (ISRs)).  According to the Campus Infrastructure module in the Enterprise Composite Network model.  Topics include how to configure Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Intermediary System to Intermediary System (IS-IS), and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocols and how to manipulate and optimize routing updates between these routing protocols.  Other topics include multicast routing, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) and Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) configuration.  Prerequisites:  NST 101, NST 121, NST 202, and NST 219 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  226  Building Multilayer Switched Networks.  Building Multilayer Switched Networks is one of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) designation.  Multilayer Switching teaches students about the deployment of state-of-the-art campus LANs.  The course focuses on the selection and implementation of the appropriate Cisco IOS services to build reliable, scalable multilayer-switched LANs.  Students will develop skills in the following areas:  Introduction to Campus Networks, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), Spanning Tree Protocol, Inter-VLAN Routing, high availability in a campus environment, wireless client access, minimizing service loss and data theft in a campus network, configuring campus switches to support voice.  Prerequisites:  NST 101, NST 121, NST 202, and NST 219 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  227  Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks (WAN).  Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks is one of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) designation.  Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks introduces Cisco Networking Academy Program students to providing secure enterprise-class network service for teleworkers and branch sites.  Students will learn how to secure and expand the reach of an enterprise network with focus on Virtual Private Network (VPN) configuration and securing network access.  Topics include teleworker configuration and access, frame-mode Multiprotcol Label Switching (MPLS), site-to-site Internet Protocol Security (IPSEC) VPN, Cisco Easy VPN (EZVPN), strategies used to mitigate network attacks, Cisco device hardening and IOS firewall features.  Prerequisites:  NST 101, NST 121, NST 202, and NST 219 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  228  Optimizing Converged Networks.  Optimizing Converged Networks is one of four courses leading to the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) designation.  Optimizing Converged networks introduces Cisco Networking Academy Program students to optimizing and providing effective Quality of Service (QoS) techniques in converged networks operating voice, wireless and security applications.  Topics include implementing a VOIP network, implementing QoS on converged networks, specific IP QoS mechanisms for implementing the DiffServ QoS model, AutoQoS wireless security and basic wireless management.  Prerequisites:  NST 101, NST 121, NST 202, and NST 219 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  235  Fiber Optic Technology.  This course will provide instruction in fiber optic technology including theory, safety, installation, splicing and testing techniques.  Upon successful completion the student may receive Fiber Optic Technician Certification from The Fiber Optic Association.  Prerequisite:  NST 103.  3 credit hours.

NST  252  CompTIA Network+.  This course serves as a general introduction for students to acquire a foundation in current network technologies for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the Internet.  It provides an introduction to the hardware, software, terminology, components, design, and connections of a network, as well as the topologies and protocols for LANs.  It covers LAN-user concepts and basic functions of system administration and operation.  The course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on-labs.  This course provides information necessary to pass the CompTIA Network+ exam.  The course is also intended for those who will support or administer networks.  Prerequisite:  NST 105.  3 credit hours.

NST  265  Digital Home Technology Integration.  Home Technology Integration (HTI) is the installation, integration, and troubleshooting of multiple interconnected digital electronic subsystems within the home and is considered one of the fastest growing technical career fields.  This course teaches a broad range of basic HTI skills required to design, configure, integrate, maintain, and diagnose digital electronic home automation and control systems and prepares students for the Electronics Technicians Association Residential Electronics System Integrator (RESI) certification exam by using industry recognized curriculum, equipment, and labs.  Prerequisites: NST 103 and NST 121 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  271  Digital Switching I. The lecture portion of this course will cover the basic hardware components, the software system and the applications and capabilities of a digital switch.  The hands-on portion will allow the students to log on, execute commands used to administer lines and trunks as well as perform maintenance on the machine.  Prerequisite: NST 105.  3 credit hours.

NST  275  Voice over IP.  The Internet Protocol (IP) is quickly changing all facets of communications.  Voice over IP (VoIP) is the current technology in over 70% of new phone system installations.  This course teaches the history, components, protocols and deployment of a modern VoIP system.  The course will include hands-on labs using industry standard equipment.  Prerequisites: NST 103, NST 105, and NST 121 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

NST  280  T1 Networking I.  Digital carrier theory and operations will be taught in this course and will include carrier transmission, signaling, and power requirements.  Also covered will be T1 facilities and the appropriate test procedure for these systems.  Discussion will also include D4 type channel banks.  3 credit hours.

NST  285  T1 Networking II.  This course will cover advanced theories and practical applications of installing, testing, and troubleshooting various multiplexers, including D4, SLC-96, and Fiber Light Wave.  Prerequisite:  NST 280.  3 credit hours.

NST  292  Fundamentals of Network Security.  This course provides an introduction to popular network security tools and practices such as IPSec, CiscoSecure, PIX Firewalls and fundamentals of firewalls, intrusion detection tools, vulnerability scanning and access control in a hands on environment.  Prerequisite:  NST 202.  6 credit hours.

NST  299  Special Topics in Networking Systems Technology.  Special Topics in Networking Systems Technology (NST) may include instruction on topics not covered in other NST courses.  Topics covered in other NST courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.





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