Network Administration and Cyber Security

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Businesses can’t function without technology. Master the most popular software in data and cyber security with SCC’s information technology program.

SCC’s Network Administration & Cyber Security program provides experience with Microsoft network operation systems. They place emphasis on hands-on installation, maintenance, and administration of PC networks and use the latest equipment and software. The Network program also includes security principles, along with router, switch and firewall configuration. 

With the 34 credit hour diploma, students will be able to work as PC support technicians, technical retail associates, bench technicians or help-desk technicians. 

Students who wish to continue their education and complete the second year of the program will receive an Associated of Applied Science Degree in Network Administration & Cyber Security.

For specific information regarding program rules and expectations, please view the program handbook. View The Program Handbook

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
CIS-125 INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING LOGIC WITH LANGUAGE 3
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
NET-122 COMPUTER HARDWARE BASICS 3
NET-142 NETWORK ESSENTIALS 3
NET-442 LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM 3
Take 1 of these courses:
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
MAT-772 APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY) 3
TOTAL 18
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
CIS-504 STRUCTURED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 3
NET-101 IT FUNDAMENTALS 1
NET-310 VIRTUAL MACHINES 3
NET-314 WINDOWS SERVER 4
Take 1 of these courses:
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
ENG-111 TECHNICAL WRITING 3
Take 1 of these courses:
HUM-287 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3
SOC-114 CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE 3
TOTAL 17
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
BUS-203 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2
CFR-100 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER FORENSICS 3
NET-637 NETWORK INTRUSION INVESTIGATION 3
NET-716 DATABASE ADMINISTRATION/SERVICE APPLICATION 3
Take 1 of these courses:
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
SOC-110 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3
TOTAL 14
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
CIS-810 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SEMINAR 1
NET-153 ADVANCED NETWORKING 4
NET-717 EMAIL APPLICATIONS 3
NET-820 NETWORK INTERNSHIP 3.7
SPC-112 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3
TOTAL 14.7

CIS-125 - INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING LOGIC WITH LANGUAGE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Introduction to computer programming with structured program development and module designs emphasized. Write programs related to several areas, including input/output, numerical computation, iteration, recursion, data manipulation, and interactive procedures.

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

NET-122 - COMPUTER HARDWARE BASICS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to improve the student's understanding of computer hardware and peripherals. The student shall gain an ability to determine the source of elementary equipment problems and the ability to isolate problems relating to software and hardware. Through hands-on labs, the student will obtain and demonstrate knowledge of installation, configuration, and repair.

NET-142 - NETWORK ESSENTIALS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide students with the background necessary to understand the local area networking information in Microsoft courses on workstations and networking. This course provides students with the information needed to build a foundation in current networking technology for local area networks, wide area networks and the Internet. Corequisite: CSC-110.

NET-442 - LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will cover the essentials of installing, configuring, maintaining, administering and troubleshooting the Linux operating system.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

MAT-772 - APPLIED MATH (ONLINE ONLY)

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the mathematics necessary to function within technical careers and to become a more aware consumer. Topics include: review of arithmetic operations; measurement; metric system; fundamentals of geometry; introductory statistics and probability; graphs; and elementary algebra concepts with emphasis on applications.

CIS-504 - STRUCTURED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Course will provide student knowledge in the complete process of systems analysis and design and the steps involved.  Actual systems analysis and design lab practices will measure student's understanding.  Concepts in Project Management will also be covered.  Prerequisite:  15 hours of IT classes completed toward degree.

NET-101 - IT FUNDAMENTALS

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course will provide students with the fundamental technical knowledge about personal computers that is needed to work efficiently in the IT career field. Upon successful completion, students will be able to setup basic workstations, including installing basic hardware and software and establishing network connectivity and troubleshoot compatibility issues. It will also assist the students for preparing and taking the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam. Prerequisites: NET-122, Computer Hardware Basics; NET-142 Network Essentials

NET-310 - VIRTUAL MACHINES

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will cover the concepts of virtualization including hardware and software. Topics will include benefits vs. risks analysis, installation and configuration, operation and maintenance and disaster recovery using server and workstation virtualization techniques. Creation and administration of Virtual Desktop environments will also be covered. Prerequisites: NET-142 and NET-442.

NET-314 - WINDOWS SERVER

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

Windows Server covers the issues of setting up a client/server environment using Windows Server software. The course begins with file server basics. Determining the cost of a network and choosing appropriate network hardware are included. Students will receive hands-on experience in preparing client computers, installing Windows Server software and setting up a complete client/server environment. They will learn how to configure a domain environment with DNS, DHCP, and remote access. There will be hands-on troubleshooting in the labs. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NET-142

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

ENG-111 - TECHNICAL WRITING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Studies the rhetorical techniques specifically oriented to industrial requirements. Applies expository patterns as incorporated within the report apparatus, including such specialized formats as process analysis, progress/ lab reports, feasibility study, and the proposal. Also includes correspondence and application of basic library research skills. Course designed to satisfy specified career program requirements. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

HUM-287 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership and to develop and improve their leadership skills. The course integrates readings from the humanities, experiential exercises, films/videos and contemporary readings on leadership.

SOC-114 - CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE WORKPLACE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

BUS-203 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to build student skills in setting goals, conversation, meetings, parliamentary procedure, business meals and travel, customer service, presentations, professional image, and writing cover letters and resumes. The course also requires attendance at leadership, civic and cultural events.

CFR-100 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER FORENSICS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course deals with the preservation, identification, extraction, documentation and interpretation of computer data. Special computer skills and tools will be introduced. Legal concerns and ethical conduct will be emphasized. Prerequisites: NET-142, NET-314 and NET-442.

NET-637 - NETWORK INTRUSION INVESTIGATION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course enables students to use penetration-testing tools and techniques that ethical hackers and security testers utilize to protect computer networks. Skills and techniques include foot printing, social engineering, port scanning, enumeration and cryptography. This course incorporates a lab component in which students practice skills designed to secure network connections and prevent attacks. Prerequisites: NET-142, NET-314, and NET-442.

NET-716 - DATABASE ADMINISTRATION/SERVICE APPLICATION

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Database Administration/Service Application will provide the student with experience installing, configuring, maintaining, and administering SQL Server and SharePoint. The key concepts of Structured Query Language are studied, including the basic structure of relational databases, how to read and write simple and complex SQL statements and advanced data manipulation techniques.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

SOC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An analysis of social organization (or the social order). This course deals with the nature of sociology as a science, the original nature of man, the socialization of the individual, the development of groups and group behavior, the nature of culture and culture patterns, the organization of institutions, the nature of social order, the organization of human stratification and examination of major social processes. Special emphasis is placed upon the American cultural patterns.

CIS-810 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES SEMINAR

Lecture: 1

Credit: 1

This course will provide the student with the skills to research, evaluate and make recommendations about new products and emerging technologies. Students will explore and research changing technologies and will make professional presentations of their findings. Prerequisite: 50 hours completed toward Information Technology

NET-153 - ADVANCED NETWORKING

Lecture: 2

Lab: 4

Credit: 4

This course will allow the student to take knowledge from previous networking courses and apply it in a hands-on environment. The Microsoft network operation system will be emphasized. The student will also receive exposures to other advanced technologies. These technologies may include: switch/router configuration, computer forensics, computer ethics and cryptography. Prerequisites: NET-122, NET-142, NET-310, NET-314.

NET-717 - EMAIL APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will provide the student with experience installing, configuring, maintaining, and administering Exchange Server, as well as, an Exchange hybrid environment, where part of the mailboxes can be hosted in the cloud. Prerequisite: NET-314.

NET-820 - NETWORK INTERNSHIP

OJT: 15

Credit: 3.7

This course is designed to provide the Network Administration & Cyber Security student with a practical experience in information technology prior to completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree. The internship is supervised by the program coordinator and should be taken during the student's last spring or fall semester on campus. Prerequisite: Fifty hours completed towards IT degree as a Network Administration & Cyber Security, including CIS-504.

SPC-112 - PUBLIC SPEAKING

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course examines both the theoretical and practical basis of speech communication, particularly public speaking. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, delivery, and audience analysis.

Brenda Wamsley - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5195

Email: bwamsley@scciowa.edu
Diploma, Indian Hills Community College
AAS, Southeastern Community College
BGS, Western Illinois University

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