Network Technician Certificate

networking
Last updated 5/30/2014

Certificate Code: 5578

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Don Mosier, 309-796-5278, mosierd@bhc.edu
Jamie Hill, 309-796-5284, hillj@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. An internship in the second semester provides a valuable opportunity for on-the-job experience with skilled technicians.

Students starting this program and wishing to continue their education can do so with the Computer Specialist- 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
COER 116 — Microcomputer Hardware (3)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)
NETW 125 — Cisco I (3)
NETW 210 — Windows Workstation – fall only (3)
COER 112 — Microcomputer Operating Systems (3)
COER 125 — IT Professional Skills (1)

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 216 — Windows Network Environment (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (31)

Courses for this program include: »

CIP 167 Scripting for Systems Administration
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: COER 112 or instructor consent.

The student will learn techniques for creating customized scripts in both the Linux and Windows environment. This course provides students with the skills to read, write, maintain, and debug Linux shell scripting and Windows scripting for Systems Administration.

COER 112 Microcomputer Operating Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This is a course on Microcomputer 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.

COER 116 Microcomputer Hardware
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is an introduction to microcomputer 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.

COER 125 IT Professional Skills
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Designed to be taken at the same time as the student’s internship in computer repair, network technician, or microcomputer support. Includes 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 165 Cisco III
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NETW 125, NETW 145 “C” or better.
Third in a series of Cisco Academy courses for persons preparing for the CCNA exam or pursuing the Networking certificate. Typical subjects involve IPX, LAN segmentation, switching methods, Ethernet operation at various speeds, Spanning Tree Protocol, Virtual LANs, RIPV2, OSPF, EIGRP, VLSM and Access Control Lists.

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 216 Windows Network Environment
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 215 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This course covers installation, management, configuration and support of a Microsoft network infrastructure. Topics include TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, NAT, Remote Access, etc. Content is aligned with the objectives of Microsoft network infrastructure certifications (MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, etc.).

NETW 250 Web Server Administration
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A hands-on course in managing and maintaining an Internet Web server, with emphasis on security. Includes server configuration and customization, directory structure, content and user maintenance, server-side applications, performance monitoring and tuning, and security implementation.

NETW 252 Mail Server Administration
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 215 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A course on installing, configuring, supporting, and troubleshooting business email servers (especially Microsoft Exchange). The course provides hands-on as well as classroom experiencing. NETW 252 addresses topics included in the Microsoft certification exams for Exchange 2003/2007 or similar certifications, and so helps prepare students for those exams. These exams are components of the Microsoft MCSA and MCTS certifications.

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.