• CIS: Networks and Operating Systems Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied of Applied Science Degree

    Catalog 2017-2018

    Communication is the name of the game in today’s flattening global marketplace and computer network systems make that communication possible. As a result, trained professionals are increasingly in demand to protect and build smart and secure networks. MHCC’s Networking and Operating Systems AAS degree program covers the various systems, hardware, applications and software programs that go into networked computers. Courses in this program cover monitoring network performance, installing and configuring systems and maintaining network security.

    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 proficiency in common industry software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database) to effectively communicate in a professional business setting
    • 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
    • Prepare an effective e-portfolio which documents a students academic and experiential foundations suitable for use with an employment or continuing education application
    • Apply critical thinking skills during the problem solving process to address organizational and technical problems
    • Work collaboratively to share information, resolve conflict and make decisions
    • 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
    CIS100 Computer Careers Exploration
    1
    CIS145A Computer Maintenance and Forensics I
    3
    CIS151 Introduction to Networks
    4
    ISTM183A Preparation for A+ Essentials
    3
    WR121 English Composition
    4
    15
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS122 Computer Concepts III
    4
    CIS125SS Spreadsheets
    3
    CIS152 Routing and Switching Essentials
    4
    ISTM183B Preparation for A+ Practical Application
    3
    14
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS125DB Desktop Database
    3
    CIS153 Scaling Networks
    4
    ISTM140L Linux Fundamentals
    4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1, ‡
    4
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡
    3
    18
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS197HTM Web Authoring: HTML and CSS3
    3
    CIS244 Introduction to Systems Analysis
    3
    CIS279S Windows Server OS
    4
    CIS288 Connecting Networks
    3
      Electives in CIS3
    3
    16
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA267 Business Project Management
    or BA101 Introduction to Business
    3-4
    CIS125WP Word Processing
    3
    CIS279A Linux Systems Management
    3
    CIS284S Introduction to Computer Security
    4
    Electives in CIS2
    3
    16-17
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS284NS Network Security Fundamentals
    4
    CIS297 Capstone Project Development
    4
    WE280CA_ Cooperative Education Internship2
    4
    HUM202 Age of Technology: Ethics in the Workplace or
    BA285 Leadership and Human Relations
    3
    15
    Total Credits 94-95

    1 Students intending to transfer must take MTH111, Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions or above, excluding MTH211. Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
    2 Electives include any course with a CIS, CS or ISTM prefix not included in this curriculum.
    3 Any combination of WE280CAA, WE280CAB, WE280CAC or WE280CAD to total four credits.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Students planning to transfer to a four-year school must consult with the institution they will be attending as well as work with a CIS faculty adviser. In all schedule planning, it is important for the student to check the course description for prerequisite information.