Networking Specialist – Certificate

Networking involves the hardware, software and communication channels necessary to allow computers to talk to each other. Students will study various components of computer networking. Each 200-level networking class helps prepare students with the skills and knowledge to take vendor-sponsored certification exams. Students who pass the related core exams will be CompTIA Network+ certified and recognized as a Microsoft® Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). Students who pass the appropriate related elective exam can also achieve the premier certifications of Microsoft® Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Cisco Network Administrator (CCNA). Nearly all organizations of any size use computer networks to leverage their core competencies. These organizations need trained networking specialists to install, maintain and troubleshoot their networks. The CompTIA and Microsoft® certifications are recognized as industry standards and are required by many employers.

Gainful Employment

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 32
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (7 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 131 Intermediate Algebra 4 MAT 039*

(FORMERLY MTH 131) This course emphasizes simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are integrated throughout. Appropriate technology includes a graphing calculator. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old the recommendation is the course placement assessment be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (25 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 101 Network Fundamentals/Network+ 4

This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It is the first of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The course materials will assist in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. It also helps prepare the student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CNS 106 Routing Protocols & Concepts 4 CNS 101

This course is the second of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the routing concepts introduced in CNS 101. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols.

CNS 107 LAN Switching & Wireless 4 CNS 101

This course is the third of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the switching and wireless concepts introduced in CNS 101 in more depth. The goal is to develop an understanding of how switches are interconnected and configured to provide network access to LAN users. This course also teaches how to integrate wireless devices into a LAN.

CNS 108 Accessing the WAN 4 CNS 101

This course is the fourth of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the WAN concepts introduced in the CNS 101 in more depth. The goal is to develop an understanding of various WAN technologies to connect small to medium business networks. It focuses on WAN technologies including PPP, Frame Relay and broadband links.

CNS 121 Microsoft® Networking Client I 3

This course will help students gain the knowledge and skills required to configure Windows® Vista® for optimal performance on the desktop. This course focuses on installing the client software, migrating from previous versions of the Microsoft® Windows® client, and configuring systems settings, security features, network connectivity, communications and media applications, and mobile devices.

CNS 122 Microsoft® Networking Client II 3 CNS 121

This course covers how Windows® Vista® is used in a medium to large enterprise. It focuses on the various technologies used to deploy and manage the operating system, including Windows® Image Manager, Windows PE, Group Policy, User Account Control and Encrypted File System.

CNS 201 Network Security/Security+ 3 CNS 106

The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security. In this course, students will learn the skills necessary for Security+ certification.

CNS 231 Firewall Intrusion Detection 3 CNS 201

This course will cover how to install, configure and manage network and host-based firewalls. It will cover how to set up and configure popular network-based firewalls and host-based firewalls with various operating systems. It will instruct the students how to set up both network- and host-based intrusion detection systems to determine if and when a network or system has been breached.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 101 Network Fundamentals/Network+ 4

This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It is the first of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The course materials will assist in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. It also helps prepare the student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CNS 107 LAN Switching & Wireless 4 CNS 101

This course is the third of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the switching and wireless concepts introduced in CNS 101 in more depth. The goal is to develop an understanding of how switches are interconnected and configured to provide network access to LAN users. This course also teaches how to integrate wireless devices into a LAN.

CNS 121 Microsoft® Networking Client I 3

This course will help students gain the knowledge and skills required to configure Windows® Vista® for optimal performance on the desktop. This course focuses on installing the client software, migrating from previous versions of the Microsoft® Windows® client, and configuring systems settings, security features, network connectivity, communications and media applications, and mobile devices.

CNS 201 Network Security/Security+ 3 CNS 106

The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security. In this course, students will learn the skills necessary for Security+ certification.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 106 Routing Protocols & Concepts 4 CNS 101

This course is the second of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the routing concepts introduced in CNS 101. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols.

CNS 108 Accessing the WAN 4 CNS 101

This course is the fourth of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the WAN concepts introduced in the CNS 101 in more depth. The goal is to develop an understanding of various WAN technologies to connect small to medium business networks. It focuses on WAN technologies including PPP, Frame Relay and broadband links.

CNS 122 Microsoft® Networking Client II 3 CNS 121

This course covers how Windows® Vista® is used in a medium to large enterprise. It focuses on the various technologies used to deploy and manage the operating system, including Windows® Image Manager, Windows PE, Group Policy, User Account Control and Encrypted File System.

CNS 231 Firewall Intrusion Detection 3 CNS 201

This course will cover how to install, configure and manage network and host-based firewalls. It will cover how to set up and configure popular network-based firewalls and host-based firewalls with various operating systems. It will instruct the students how to set up both network- and host-based intrusion detection systems to determine if and when a network or system has been breached.

MAT 131 Intermediate Algebra 4 MAT 039*

(FORMERLY MTH 131) This course emphasizes simplifying expressions, solving equations, and graphing functions, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic. Problem solving and mathematical modeling are integrated throughout. Appropriate technology includes a graphing calculator. The mathematics department recommends the prerequisite not be more than two years old. If the prerequisite is more than two years old the recommendation is the course placement assessment be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.