Degree Offered: Associate in Applied Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Computer Networking curriculum prepares students with the skills necessary to design, implement, maintain, and administer LANs and WANs. The curriculum includes courses in software application tools, PC hardware, Cisco Networking Academy, network security, disaster recovery, wireless networking and operating systems, virtualization, installation and configuration. 

Graduates of this program may obtain employment as PC support specialists, network technicians, and network administrators.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to


  1. Design, implement, troubleshoot, and support small to medium-sized networks for small to medium-sized businesses.
  2. Exhibit technical proficiency in Local Area and Wide Area Networks, which include router and switch configurations, connectivity, maintenance and troubleshooting.
  3. Present a networking project that includes identification and implementation of security measures required to protect computer networks.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 14 Credits

CISN 100CISCO I-Network Fundamentals 5.00
CISN 105Microcomputers and Cloud Services 3.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 14 Credits

CISN 110CISCO II-Routing Protocols and Conc 5.00
CISN 200Client Operating Systems 3.00
CISN 203Linux Operating Systems 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15/16 Credits

CISF 210Cybersecurity I 3.00
CISN 205Server Operating Systems 4.00
CISN 215CISCO III-LAN Switching and Wireles 5.00
MATH 110Mathematics of Business (or higher)3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 TAOC Category Three 
BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four 4.00 

Fourth Semester - 17 Credits

CISF 220Cybersecurity II 3.00
CISN 208Help Desk Concepts 3.00
CIST 260CIS Internship 3.00
CISN 220CISCO IV-Accessing the WAN 5.00
CISN 223Virtualization 3.00
 TAOC Category Five 

Course Descriptions

CISN 100 - CISCO I-Network Fundamentals

This course is designed to introduce students to computer networking fundamentals. Topics include binary numbering systems, electronics and signals, network cabling and testing, network topologies, close study of OSI and TCP/IP network models, IP addressing including sub/net masking, and basic network design. The course covers the CCNA Semester 1 training material. This course, in conjunction with CISN110, CISN215, and CISN220 may assist students in preparation for Cisco Network+ and CCNA certification exams. 5-0-5

CISN 105 - Microcomputers and Cloud Services

The course is intended for students who want more information on maintaining and managing their computers; or for those students who want to prepare the Computing Technology Association's A+ Certification. Some of the areas that will be covered include troubleshooting fundamentals; basic and preventative maintenance techniques; computer upgrades; operating systems; networking and Internet connections; printer connections and interfaces; types of RAM; data recovery; and the various multimedia options available for legacy PCs. An equal emphasis will be placed on identifying and supporting today's emerging tablet computers, smartphones, and cloud computing technologies throughout the course. 3-0-3

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

CISN 110 - CISCO II-Routing Protocols and Conc

This course is the study of advanced networking concepts. WAN and the function of routers, router components, protocols and configuration, ISO images, IP addressing, network troubleshooting, introduction to network security and management, and introduction to residential networking. The course covers the CCNA Semester 2 training material. This course, in conjunction with CISN100, CISN215, and CISN220 prepares students for the Cisco Network + and CCNA certification exams. Prerequisite CISN100 5-0-5

CISN 200 - Client Operating Systems

This course focuses on skills needed to deploy and manage Windows 7 Operating System. Installation and troubleshooting of Windows 7, as well as features such as advanced security are covered. Virtualization techniques using Microsoft's Virtual PC are used to install MS-Windows XP (XP Mode) and other operating systems. Material covered may assist in preparation for the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) #70-680 certification exam. 3-0-3

CISN 203 - Linux Operating Systems

This course focuses on skills needed to deploy and manage Linux (Fedora/Red Hat) Operating Systems. Topics include Linux installation, file systems, administration, troubleshooting, and network management using command line statements and Graphical User Interfaces. The use of open source operating systems are becoming dominant in the role of server operating systems and becoming a foundation for virtualization and cloud computing. Course material may assist in preparation for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exam. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

CISF 210 - Cybersecurity I

This course provides students with an in-depth and comprehensive coverage of all security risks and threats to an organization's data. The topic of information security begins with a study of inventory management, security audits, anti-virus tools, data backup and data recovery. Students will implement basic hardware, software, network and Internet Security configurations. Case studies and current events will give the student insite into current threats that impact an organization. This course and Cybersecurity II may be used for preparing student for CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Prerequisite: CISN110, CISN200. 3-0-3

CISN 205 - Server Operating Systems

This course focuses on skills needed to manage a Windows Server 2008 system. Windows Server 2008 materials covered inlcude active directory design, account management, group policy management and configuation, certificate services, AD LDS, AD RMS, AD FS, server core, Windows Hyper-V virtualization, and server management. Material covered may assist in preparation for the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist) #70-640 certification exam. 4-0-4

CISN 215 - CISCO III-LAN Switching and Wireles

This course introduces and extends students knowledge and practical experience with various LAN design, configuration, and maintenance of switches. Topics include LANs, VLANs, IPX, IGRP. The course covers Semester 3 of CCNA training material. This course, in conjunction with CISN100, CISN110, and CISN220 may assist students in preparation for Cisco Network+ and CCNA certification exams. Prerequisite: CISN110. 5-0-5

MATH 110 - Mathematics of Business

The first part of the course reviews the mathematics fundamental not only to employment in business but also to intelligent participation in consumer life. Topics to be reviewed include fractions and decimals; ratio and proportion; units of measurement; and percentage. The second part of the course is devoted to business applications. Topics include trade and cash discounts; markup; simple interest; payroll; sales and property tax; and elementary statistical notions. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

CISF 220 - Cybersecurity II

This course provides the student with an in-depth coverage of all current risks and threats to an organization's data along with a structured way of addressing the safeguarding of these critical electronic assets using hands-on and practical techniques for working in the security field in the 21st century. Topics include: attacks and malicious code, remote access, e-mail, web security, wireless and instant messsaging, firewalls, intrusion detection, cryptography and principles of disaster recovery. Cybersecurity I and Cybersecurity II may be used for preparing the student for the CompTIA Security + certification exam. Pre-requisite: CISF210 3-0-3

CISN 208 - Help Desk Concepts

The course will introduce students to the service concepts, skills sets, career paths, and operations of the help desk industry. Tracking options, reporting issues, support software, and management tools will be covered. 3-0-3

CIST 260 - CIS Internship

This course is designed to give second/year students supervised, on the job experience in various aspects of the business technologies environment. All students will be required to spend a minimum of six hours per week at the firm where he/she is assigned. Each student will meet with a faculty member before his or her assignment to establish goals and then several times throughout the semester to assess student progress. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 credits in course of study with QPA of 3.0 or better and faculty approval 0-9-3

CISN 220 - CISCO IV-Accessing the WAN

This course introduces and extends students knowledge and practical experience with various WAN design, configuration, and maintenance of switches. Topics include WAN designs, PPP, ISDN, Frame Relay, remote access technologies, VPN, network management, developing network security and management strategies, Network+ and CCNA certification exam reviews. The course covers the CCNA Semester 4 training material. This course, in conjunction with CISN100, CISN110, and CISN215 may assist students in preparation for Cisco Network+ and CCNA certification exams. Prerequisite: CISN215 5-0-5

CISN 223 - Virtualization

Elements of this course are broken into three sections: (1) Server Virtualization, (2) Virtualization Management, and (3) Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). It includes hands-on installation of Hyper-V , many components of the System Center Suite, including VMM 2012, and VDI solutions. This Virtualization overview provides an excellent perspective of Microsoft's overall vision for virtualization as well as the options and advantages organizations can realize by implementing virtualization. Pre-Requisite: CISN205 3-0-3