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Network Administrator Certificate

Certificate Code: 5659

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Don Mosier, 309-796-5278, mosierd@bhc.edu
Jamie Hill, 309-796-5284, hillj@bhc.edu


This degree is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The Network Administrator Certificate prepares students for entry level into network administration. Students will plan, install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain networks using Windows Server Operating System. Students will take courses in Windows Server, Exchange Server (Mail) Administration, Linux operating systems, Cisco and basic network security. Several of the courses prepare students for certification exams including CompTIA’s N+ and Microsoft’s MCP.

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

Network Administrator Certificate
Certificate Code: 5659
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
COER 112 — Microcomputer Operating Systems (3)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)
NETW 170 — Intro to Information Security (3)
NETW 210 — Windows Workstation - fall only (3)
NETW 125 — CISCO I (3)

Second Semester
NETW 145 — CISCO II (3)
NETW 215 — Windows Server - spring only (3)
NETW 216 — Windows Network Environment - spring only (3)
NETW 255 Advanced Networking/N+ Prep - spring only (3)
NETW 274 — Ethical Hacking and Security – spring only (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (30)

Courses for this program include: »

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.

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 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 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 274  Ethical Hacking and Security
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 170 “C” or better or instructor consent.

A course on the issues, procedures and techniques involved in “ethical hacking” and penetration testing, the process of testing a computer network for vulnerabilities for the purpose of strengthening its protections. This course also serves to prepare the student for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Students will take the CompTIA exam as a requirement for course completion.


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Network Administrator Certificate

Last updated 8/4/14