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About the Computer Networking Technician Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  14

This certificate is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to install, troubleshoot and support computers and servers in a small to medium-sized computer network. Students are prepared for two industry certifications: CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician and CompTIA Network+. Successful students will have the skills required to gain employment in entry-level positions in the information technology field.

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Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
CNT100 Intro to Computer Networking

CNT 100. Introduction to Computer Networking Technology (3). Introduction to technologies, terminology, and skills used in the world of computer networking. Preparation for the Network+ Certification exam. Three lecture. One lab.

1. Computer network fundamentals
2. Network hardware essentials
3. Network topologies and technologies
4. Network media
5. Network protocols
6. Network models and standards

1. Identify computer and network components and describe network communication. (1)
2. Describe the function of common network hardware. (2)
3. Compare and contrast characteristics of the major network topologies and technologies. (3)
4. Describe network media characteristics and install network cabling. (4)
5. Configure and describe the operation of network protocols. (5)
6. Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models of networking. (6)

CNT110 A+ Comp Tech Certification

CNT 110. A+ Computer Technician Certification (4). Install, configure, support, and troubleshoot personal computers. Emphasis on PC hardware, and installation, operation, and upgrade procedures. Focus on practical networking in a PC environment along with server hardware maintenance and troubleshooting. Preparation for the Comp TIA A+ Certification exam. This course, with CNT 120, prepares the learner for the Comp/TIA Server+ Certification Exam. Preparedness Recommendations: Experience using a computer keyboard and accessing the Internet with a web browser. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. Information Technology (IT) basics
2. How Computers Work
3. Assembling a Computer
4. Troubleshooting PC Hardware
5. Preventive Maintenance
6. Operating System Fundamentals
7. Troubleshooting Software and Operating Systems
8. Multimedia Capabilities
9. Printers and Printing
10. Hardware Fundamentals for Servers
11. Networking Fundamentals

1. Discuss the fundamentals of information technology (IT) and identify major IT components in a PC environment.
2. Install, configure, and upgrade PC hardware components, PC peripherals, and PC firmware.
3. Diagnose and troubleshoot a variety of PC hardware and peripheral component problems.
4. Identify and avoid potential safety hazards while working with PCs.
5. Identify PC components related to the PC motherboard, processors, and memory modules.
6. Implement preventive maintenance procedures.
7. Utilize common PC operating systems and discuss their operation.
8. Diagnose and troubleshoot PC software and operating systems problems.
9. Work with multimedia components in a PC environment.
10. Describe the printing process and identify printer components for a variety of printing technologies.
11. Implement care and maintenance procedures for printers.
12. Compare and contrast server hardware requirements versus PC hardware requirements.
13. Describe redundant disk configurations.
14. Configure and upgrade major server components.
15. Describe basic networking concepts including topologies, protocols, and network components.
16. Install and configure network cards and identify network media types.
17. Identify the causes of common network problems.

1. Cisco Academy on-line chapter exams and final exam. Cisco Academy skills final exam.

CNT115 Network+: Networking Tech Cert

CNT 115. Network+: Networking Technologies Certification (4). A broad range of networking technologies is examined. Topics include network media, topologies, protocols, operating systems, network management, and security. Preparation for the Network+ Certification exam. Prerequisite: CNT 100. Three lecture. Three lab.

1. OSI Model
2. IP addressing and subnetting
3. Advanced network hardware concepts
4. Networking operating system fundamentals
5. Server management and administration
6. Network security
7. Small business networking
8. Wide area networks
9. Troubleshooting and support

1. Describe the networking process according to the OSI Model. (1)
2. Develop an IP addressing scheme with subnetting. (2)
3. Configure and compare network infrastructure hardware. (3)
4. Install and configure a network operating system. (4)
5. Manage a network server. (5)
6. Employ network security features. (6)
7. Configure a small business network. (7)
8. Describe the major wide area network technologies. (8)
9. Troubleshoot and support a local area network. (9)

CNT120 Intro to Windows Server

CNT 120. Introduction to Windows Server (3). Introduction to the Windows Server line of network operating systems. Topics include installation, file systems, networking, directory services, file and printer sharing, and security. Extensive hands-on exercises with realistic scenarios to help students apply new concepts and sharpen problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: CNT 100 or CNT 110 or CNT 115. Two lecture. Three lab.

1. Windows Server products and requirements
2. Windows Server installation
3. Server environment
4. Directory services
5. Resource access
6. Printing
7. Data storage
8. Networking
9. Remote access
10. Security

1. Describe the Windows Server family of products and define system requirements for each. (1)
2. Install Windows Server and describe the options and requirements for installing Windows Server. (2)
3. Configure the server environment. (3)
4. Install and configure Windows directory services. (4)
5. Manage access to resources. (5)
6. Configure printing services. (6)
7. Manage and configure data storage. (7)
8. Configure and troubleshoot Windows network protocols and services. (8)
9. Configure remote access services. (9)
10. Configure security protocols. (10)

1. Cisco Academy on-line chapter exams and final exam. Cisco Academy skills final exam.


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Computer Networking Technician Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe and configure the hardware and software used in a small to medium sized computer network. (CNT100)
  2. Maintain and repair personal computers. (CNT110)
  3. Discuss the methods and operation of local and wide area networks. (CNT115)
  4. Perform administrative and troubleshooting tasks on Windows server operating systems. (CNT120)