Network Technician Certificate

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Last updated 6/2/2015

Certificate Code: 5578

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Don Mosier, 309-796-5278, mosierd@bhc.edu
Jamie Hill, 309-796-5284, hillj@bhc.edu
East Campus
Jodee Werkheiser, 309-854-1821, werkheiserj@bhc.edu


This certificate is offered at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The Network Technician certificate program prepares students for entry into the rapidly growing field of computer networking. Computer hardware, data communications, and networked systems are investigated and assessed. Students install, set up, diagnose, repair, and maintain computers, networking hardware and software in a hands-on environment.

Students starting this program and wishing to continue their education can do so with the Computer Information Technology Network Administration Track AAS.

Students who complete this program will be qualified for such positions as network administrator, network technician, and network support specialist.

Network Technician Certificate
Certificate Code: 5578
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ITS 112 — Operating Systems (3)
ITS 116 — Computer Hardware (3)
ITS 125 — IT Professional Skills (1)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)
NETW 125 — Cisco I (3)
NETW 210 — Windows Workstation – fall only (3)

Second Semester
NETW 145 — Cisco II (3)
NETW 170 — Intro to Information Security (3)
NETW 215 — Windows Server – spring only (3)
NETW 255 — Advanced Networking/N+ Prep – spring only (3)
NETW 280 — Network Defense – spring only (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (31)

Courses for this program include: »

ITS 112 Operating Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This is a course on Computer Operating Systems. The two operating systems of focus are Windows and Linux. Each will be explored independently in a comparative fashion with a primary focus on the usage of the command-line interfaces.

ITS 116 Computer Hardware
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is an introduction to computer hardware components, from a technician’s perspective. Content includes motherboard, CPU, memory, storage devices, and I/O devices, etc. Emphasis is on installation and repair, as well as hardware/software interaction. Not an A+ Certification prep course, but provides a foundation for future pursuit of this credential.

ITS 125 IT Professional Skills
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is designed to enhance students’ professional skills, especially those of value in the Information Technology field. Topics include discussion of workplace issues, development of job-seeking strategies, and enhancement of interpersonal skills.

NETW 120 Basic Computer Networks
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course in networking for the technical student. Includes basic network hardware, software, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

NETW 125 Cisco I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introductory Cisco Academy course for persons preparing for the CCNA exam or pursuing the Networking certificate or the Networking track of Computer Specialist degree. Typical subjects involve the OSI model, data links, network addressing, data encapsulation and conversion, IP addresses and subnetting, and functions of the TCP/IP network-layer protocols.

NETW 145 Cisco II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 125 “C” or better.

Second in a series of Cisco Academy courses for persons preparing for the CCNA exam or pursuing the Networking certificate or those in the Networking track of the Computer Specialist degree. Typical subjects involve router configuration using classful and classless addresses, VLSM and CIDR, RIPV1 and RIPV2, EIGRP, OSPF and network troubleshooting. A lab fee will cover the cost of an industry certification exam. Students will be required to take the exam to complete the course.

NETW 170 Intro to Information Security
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: COER 112 and COER 116 and NETW 120 or NETW 125 with “C” or better, or successful completion of proficiency exam, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to the topics, technologies and terminology associated with network information security. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the security track of the Microcomputer Support Specialist degree.

NETW 210 Windows Workstation
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Windows Workstation.

NETW 215 Window Server
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: COER 112 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Windows® Server.

NETW 255 Advanced Networking/N+ Prep
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 120 or NETW 125 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A capstone course on computer networking hardware and software, providing hands-on as well as classroom experience, with an emphasis on preparing the student for the Comp TIA Network+ certification exams. Students will take the CompTIA exam as a requirement for course completion.

NETW 280 Network Defense
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 170 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This course focuses on the utilization of hardware and software components to create a perimeter of defense around a local area network. Students will learn how to effectively identify security goals and create a security policy. Security components discussed include firewalls, packet filtering, authentication, proxy servers, encryption, bastion hosts, virtual private networks, log file maintenance and intrusion detection systems.