Network Administrator Certificate

Last updated 6/2/2015

Certificate Code: 5679

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, Linux operating systems, Cisco and basic network security. Several of the courses prepare students for certification exams including CompTIA’s Network+, Security+ and Microsoft’s MCP.

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

Network Administrator Certificate
Certificate Code: 5679
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ITS 112 — Operating Systems (3)
ITS 125 — IT Professional Skills (1)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)
NETW 125 — Cisco I (3)
NETW 170 — Intro to Information Security (3)
NETW 210 — Windows Workstation – fall only (3)

Second Semester
NETW 145 — Cisco II (3)
NETW 215 — Windows Server – spring only (3)
NETW 255 — Advanced Networking/N+ Prep – spring only (3)
NETW 274 — Ethical Hacking and Security – spring only (3)
NETW 280 — Network Defense – spring only (3)

Minimum total hours required for certificate (30)

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 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.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course introduces the architecture, structure, function, components and models of the internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet, media and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of this course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

NETW 145 Cisco II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: NETW 125 “C” or better.
This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

NETW 170 Intro to Information Security
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: NETW 120 or NETW 125 “C” or better, or instructor consent.
An introduction to the topics, technologies and terminology associated with network information security. This course is a prerequisite for related courses of the Computer Information Technology program.

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: ITS 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 exam. 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.

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.


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Network Administrator Certificate

Last updated 1/26/2015