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Network Systems Administration

10-150-5 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Looking for a great career in the information technology field? Today’s organizations demand advanced, secure information sharing technology. Get the training you need to be a skilled network systems administrator. You’ll learn how to install, troubleshoot and maintain network operating systems – from a single server to a complex variety of servers. In addition, you’ll learn about virtualization technologies, desktop repair and maintenance, scripting, and more. Your hands-on training also includes system administration, project management and operating system security. This degree is the ticket to a promising career.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (46 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
IT Business Apps and Integration
10-107-154
2
Covers intermediate concepts in word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and database applications found in office software suites along with integration of these applications. Students utilize office applications in real-world situations that require both decision-making and problem-solving skills. Prior knowledge of office software suite applications is beneficial.
Linux, Introduction to
10-150-147
2
Covers introductory Linux topics including operating system basics, system installation, file system management, file system administration and basic commands. Considerable hands-on learning is included.
Desktop Security and Configuration
10-154-107
2
Introduces students to the skills needed to support client PC Operating Systems. Through significant hands-on activities, learn how to configure, secure, utilize and troubleshoot client operating systems.
Network Hardware Technologies
10-150-116
3
Covers networking topics including the OSI model, local area and wide area networking. Also focuses on assigning network addresses and configuring network devices including Cisco routers and switches. Includes considerable hands-on learning activities and helps prepare learner for the Cisco CCNA exam.
Windows PowerShell Scripting
10-150-149
3
Teaches everything you need to know to begin developing your own Windows PowerShell scripts. This involves learning how to interact with the Windows PowerShell command line, learning about Microsoft's .NET framework and how to work with other Windows technologies, such as the Windows registry, as you learn how to become a PowerShell programmer.
Windows Server
10-150-156
3
Covers Microsoft Windows Server 2008 administration including server hardware and software, Active Directory, file resources, printers, disk resources, Web resources, DNS, DHCP, Remote Access Services, and virtualization. Monitoring and troubleshooting server resources are also examined. Extensive hands-on activities are included.
Prerequisite: Desktop Security & Configuration (10-154-107) OR PC Support (10-154-104) OR instructor approval
Information Assurance
10-150-161
2
Examines the basics of information security, including access control and organizational security policies. This course will include the process of securing user workstations, laptops and mobile devices.
IT Project Management
10-150-127
2
Examines the organization, planning and controlling of projects; also provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources. Topics include project life cycle, work breakdown structure and Gantt charts, network diagrams, scheduling techniques and resource allocation decisions. Concepts are applied through team projects and tutorials using project management software.
Corequisite: IT Career Skills (10-107-186)
Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
10-150-144
3
Introduces the techniques hackers use to discover vulnerabilities. Students will learn ways to tighten the network security to protect the exposed data from the discovered vulnerabilities. Focus is on penetration-testing tools and techniques that security testers and ethical hackers use to protect computer networks.
Linux Administration
10-150-148
3
Covers advanced Linux topics including scripting in the BASH shell, system initialization, working with X Windows, managing Linux processes, system administration tasks, system backup, software installation, troubleshooting, system performance, network configuration and security. Considerable hands-on learning is included.
Prerequisite: Linux, Introduction to (10-150-147)
Virtualization Technologies
10-150-105
3
Introduces virtualization technologies including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V. Hands-on lab activities will be used to install and configure each virtualized environment.
Prerequisite: Windows Server (10-150-156)
System Administration
10-150-107
3
Covers advanced theories and practices including the designing, maintaining, and supporting an environment using Active Directory, Group Policy, File Security, DHCP, and DNS. A final capstone project allows the students to create their own personalized environment based on a set of user and business requirements.
Prerequisite: Windows Server (10-150-156)
Operating Systems Security
10-150-141
2
Covers the basics of securing Microsoft Windows workstations and servers. Students start by identifying the risks and vulnerabilities associated with Windows and then utilize a variety of tools and techniques to decrease risks arising from these vulnerabilities. Includes considerable hands-on learning activities implementing operating system hardening, application security and incident management.
Prerequisites: Windows Server (10-150-156) OR active in the IT-Security certificate OR instructor approval
E-mail Administration
10-150-150
2
Focuses on the implementation and administration of e-mail servers in both a Windows and a Linux environment. Topics include creating user mailboxes, SMTP mail, backup and recovery, and other administration tasks. Also covers virus protection and security of e-mail servers and includes considerable hands-on learning activities.
Prerequisite: Windows Server (10-150-156)
IT Concepts
10-107-184
2
Provides students with a foundation in information technology and the use of information systems in today’s business environment. Students explore fundamental computer concepts and terminology of the World Wide Web, e-mail, emerging technologies, hardware and software components and devices, programming languages, network basics, operating systems, and ethics.
IT Career Exploration
10-107-187
1
Acquaints students with career options and related job skills, salaries and employment trends in the information technology field. Familiarizes them with the IT program degrees offered at Fox Valley Technical College.
Desktop Repair and Maintenance
10-154-106
2
Covers configuring, maintaining, upgrading and repairing Intel-based computers and exploring functions and interrelations between components. The course examines system configuration, component care, system improvement, troubleshooting and failure identification. Advanced PC operating system concepts are also covered.
Corequisite: Desktop Security & Configuration (10-154-107) or PC Support (10-154-104)
IT Career Skills
10-107-186
3
Introduces students to the process and development of a plan for securing employment in the Information Technology field. Topics include job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Students will learn business skills to maintain professionalism in many areas including customer service, technical writing, presentations, teamwork, quality and diversity.
Prereq: Active in Program/Analyst & JavaScript, System Analysis, or VB Intermediate; Web Design & JavaScript; Network Specialist; Network Systems Admin; Comp Support Spec & Scripting using Perl (10150129); Coreq: Help Desk & Windows Server (10150156)
Accounting, Principles of
10-101-107
3
Introduces basic concepts and general principles of accounting to non-accounting students. Topics include financial statements, merchandising accounting for cash, inventory, payroll, budgeting and accounting software.

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3
Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor at the first class.
Psychology of Human Relations
10-809-199
3
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Mathematics and Logic
10-804-133
3
Students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases.
Prereq: Pre-Algebra (10-834-109) 3cr or ACCPL Arithmetic >= 65 OR ACT Math >= 18
Technical Reporting
10-801-197
3
Focuses on the preparation and presentation of a variety of oral and written technical reports. This course is designed as an advanced communication course for students who have completed at least the prerequisite writing course and a minimum of two semesters of relevant program course work.
Prereq: Written Communication or English Composition 1 with a grade of C or better and a minimum of 24 college credits or enrollment in UW-O Certificate or consent of instructor. Students should take this course in second semester of program courses.

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Information Technology Internship 1
10-107-113
1
Allows the student to learn under supervision in a structured Information Technology employment situation. Provides the student the opportunity to utilize an industry experience for program credit. Each student completes a minimum of 72 hours working as an intern. Students are responsible for securing their own employment. Contact the IT internship instructor before enrolling.
Information Technology Internship 2
10-107-114
2
Allows the student to learn under supervision in a structured Information Technology employment situation. Provides the student the opportunity to utilize an industry experience for program credit. Each student completes a minimum of 144 hours working as an intern. Students are responsible for securing their own employment. Contact the IT internship instructor before enrolling.
Network Cabling
10-150-115
2
Examines structured premises cabling systems, industry standards, media characteristics, connectors, transmission, electrical concepts, safety, pulling and terminating cable, and testing cable.
Advanced Network Hardware Technologies
10-150-122
3
Covers advanced networking topics including how routing tables are created, configuring static routes, implementing a classless IP addressing scheme, and configuring RIPv1, RIPv2, single area OSPF, and EIGRP operations in a small routed network. Includes considerable hands-on learning activities and helps prepare learner for the Cisco CCNA exam.
Prerequisite: Network Hardware Technologies (10-150-116)
IP (Internet Protocol) Telephony
10-150-145
2
Presents the orientation and foundation for installing, configuring and maintaining IP (Internet Protocol) telephony solutions. Hands-on labs using Avaya and Cisco equipment help the learner work through real world voice, video and data applications to enhance personal and professional confidence with IP telephony networks.
Prerequisite: Network Hardware Technologies (10-150-116)
Wireless Networking
10-150-146
2
Covers how wireless devices connect to networks, wireless device configurations, standards and security. Wireless networking is one of the fastest growing areas of technology available today. Considerable hands-on learning is included.
Prerequisite: Network Hardware Technologies (10-150-116)

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