• Networks and Operating Systems Certificate Curriculum


  • One-Year Certificate

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

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    MHCC’s Network Systems Management certificate program prepares students for work in the Information Technology (IT) industry. Jobs in computer networking and system administration are waiting for qualified and motivated individuals. This program will teach you the underlying networking concepts and theory, how to administer and troubleshoot the network infrastructure, how to set up and manage network operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Server, Novell NetWare and Linux, and how to control network security. One-year certificate and two-year degree options are available.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Describe and demonstrate the functions and features of current operating systems
    • Demonstrate ability to research business and employment information using published materials, electronic media, databases and the Internet
    • Demonstrate organizational communication skills, both oral and written, through effective use of technological tools
    • Apply critical thinking skills during the problem solving process to address organizational and technical problems
    • Install and configure Linux and Windows-based desktop and network operating systems
    • Prepare a comprehensive plan for implementing a LAN (local area network) in a small business environment
    • Configure commonly used network operating system services such as authentication, file and Web services
    • Synthesize addressing mechanisms for computer networks
    • Prepare an enterprise-network security plan that meets or exceeds the current vulnerability or threats attacking networks
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS151 Introduction to Networks 4
    HUM202 Age of Technology: Ethics in the Workplace or
    BA285 Leadership and Human Relations
    3
    ISTM183A Preparation for A+ Essentials 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    14
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS152 Routing and Switching Essentials 4
    CIS284S Introduction to Computer Security 4
    ISTM183B Preparation for A+ Practical Application 3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1‡ 4
    15
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS153 Scaling Networks 4
    CIS284NS Network Security Fundamentals 4
    CIS279S Windows Server OS 4
    ISTM140L Linux Fundamentals 4
    16
    Total Credits 45

    This certificate program easily transfers into the Computer Information Systems: Networks and Operating Systems AAS degree.

    1Students intending to transfer must take MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions or above, excluding MTH211. A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)