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Network Systems Administration (Online Program)
Associate of Applied Science Degree
(Wisconsin residents will receive an Associate of Science Degree)

Objectives
This program exposes students to a variety of fundamental skills utilized in entry-level computer network systems administration positions. Students will be exposed to various aspects of network hardware and software maintenance and monitoring, configuring and supporting a local area network (LAN) and a wide area network (WAN), Internet systems and segments of network systems.

Career Opportunities
This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level systems network administration and support positions, such as network administrator, network technician, network specialist, information technology specialist, local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN) administrator.

Graduates who have difficulty distinguishing colors may not be able to perform the essential functions of various positions involving network systems administration.

Admission Requirements
Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to the Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

Online Courses
All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

School Equipment
Students will have the opportunity to use the following school equipment as required throughout the program: computer systems, network hubs, patch panels, printers and other common computer peripherals. Refer to Student Equipment in the Online Course Information section of this catalog for information relating to the student equipment requirements for the distance education courses that are taught online over the Internet.

Class Size
Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Program Outline

To view a list of the course descriptions, please click here.

Course
Number
Course Credit
Hours
  General Education Courses  
EN1320 Composition I+ 4.5
HU1440 Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture + 4.5
MA1210 College Mathematics I+ 4.5
MA1310 College Mathematics II+ 4.5
SP2750 Group Theory+ 4.5
Subtotal 22.5
  Core Courses  
NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic+ 4.5
NT1210 Introduction to Networking+ 4.5
NT1230 Client-Server Networking I+ 4.5
NT1310 Physical Networking+ 4.5
NT1330 Client-Server Networking II+ 4.5
NT1430 Linux Networking+ 4.5
NT2580 Introduction to Information Security+ 4.5
NT2640 IP Networking+ 4.5
NT2670 Email and Web Services+ 4.5
NT2799 Network Systems Administration Capstone Project+ 4.5
PT1420 Introduction to Programming+ 4.5
PT2520 Database Concepts+ 4.5
Subtotal 54.0
  General Studies Courses  
GS1140 Problem Solving Theory+ 4.5
GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional+ 4.5
GS2520 Professional Communications+ 4.5
Subtotal 13.5
  Program Total 90.0

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of the catalog. The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.

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