The Computer Networking Degree Program is designed to take a student with little or no information technology experience and prepare them for entry-level work in computer networking. The degree prepares the student for the foundational CCNA certification and provides the student with skills needed to implement, maintain, and administer multi-layer switched and scalable internetworks. Students will learn to design and configure LANs and WANs, install network hardware and software, understand and configure network topologies, construct and install cabling solutions, manage user accounts, monitor and analyze network performance, and perform basic troubleshooting. Students will also be introduced to information assurance fundamentals and technologies.
The computer networking profession is growing extremely rapidly as global dependence on interconnectedness increases. This program fills the critical gap between the skills that are needed by today’s new students and workers that need to be retrained for careers in this field. Upon completion, students will be prepared for an entry-level networking administration position, advancement in their current position, or transfer to a four-year IT program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of information technology and information systems and their importance and impact in business and society
- Identify and describe basic communication technologies, devices, and components used in Local and Wide Area Networks
- Identify and describe various types of analog and digital communication transmission media including coax, twisted pair, fiber, and wireless media
- Demonstrate the use of appropriate tools to assist with administering and troubleshooting computers, media, and devices on a network
- Setup, configure, and administer network servers and client workstations in workgroups and domain based networks
- Identify and describe the layers and functions of the TCP/IP stack and the OSI reference model
- Design, build, and manage multilayer-switched networks and scalable internetworks using routers, switches, hubs, computers, servers, transmission media, network protocols, and network security
- Apply comprehensive theoretical knowledge, problem-solving skills, and ethical principles to address case studies and practical applications in networking and information technology