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Network Systems Administration

10-150-5 Associate Degree (AAS) Part Time, Full Time 63 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Online

*If general education courses are required, they 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

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Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (46 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • IT Career Experience
    10-107-110
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10107110
    • Credits: 2.00

    Examines and identifies job-seeking, job-keeping and interviewing techniques, strategies for identifying and meeting external and internal customer needs as well as good listening skills and techniques for dealing with difficult customers. Also covers time management, team dynamics, continual improvement processes and global business practices.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • Student must complete 13 Semester Units of IT Coursework at the Post Secondary Level. Catalog Numbers must begin with 1015x or 10107.

  • Virtualization Infrastructure
    10-150-104
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150104
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers the infrastructure components related to virtual environments, including storage, enterprise systems, virtual networks, and cloud components.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150116 - Network Infrastructure 1

    • COMPUTER 10150156 - Windows Server

  • Virtualization Technologies
    10-150-105
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150105
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces virtualization technologies including VMware, Citrix and Microsoft Hyper-V. Hands-on lab activities will be used to install and configure each virtualized environment.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMPUTER 10150156 - Windows Server

    • Instructor Consent

  • Network Infrastructure 1
    10-150-116
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150116
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150162 - Network Essentials

    • MATH 10804133 - Math & Logic

  • IT Project Management
    10-150-127
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150127
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • Student must complete 13 Semester Units of IT Coursework at the Post Secondary Level. Catalog Numbers must begin with 1015x or 10107.

  • Operating Systems Security
    10-150-141
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150141
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150155 - Linux Essentials

    • COMPUTER 10150156 - Windows Server

  • Ethical Hacking
    10-150-144
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150144
    • Credits: 3.00

    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
    10-150-147
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150147
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150155 - Linux Essentials

  • Linux Administration
    10-150-148
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150148
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMPUTER 10150147 - Linux

    • Instructor Consent

  • Linux Essentials - Just Enough Linux
    10-150-155
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10150155
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers Basic Linux topics including operating system basics, file management, graphic user interfaces and the command line interface.

  • Windows Server
    10-150-156
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150156
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers Microsoft Windows Server administration including server hardware and software, Active Directory, file resources, printers, disk resources, Web resources, DNS and DHCP. Monitoring and troubleshooting server resources are also examined. Extensive hands-on activities are included.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10154110 - Enterprise Client

  • Server Applications
    10-150-159
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10150159
    • Credits: 3.00

    Covers advanced theories and practices including designing, maintaining, and supporting an environment using Active Directory, Group Policy, File Security, End-point management, SharePoint, Mobile Device Management (MDM), Certificate Services, and Microsoft Exchange. Extensive hands-on activities are included demonstrating standalone technologies and integration of applications within an environment.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • COMPUTER 10150156 - Windows Server

    • Instructor Consent

  • Information Assurance
    10-150-161
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150161
    • Credits: 2.00

    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.

  • Network Essentials
    10-150-162
    2Credit
    54
    54

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150162
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides an introduction to networking theory and technologies, including the basics of communication, common protocols, the OSI model, network topologies, local network media, network devices, network security and networking tools. Includes more in-depth study of the components of TCP/IP, Ethernet, and wireless networks. Involves considerable time developing troubleshooting skills.

  • System Administration Capstone
    10-150-164
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10150164
    • Credits: 2.00

    This practicum allows students to demonstrate their System Administration proficiencies by creating a personalized environment based on a set of user and business requirements.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150127 - IT Project Management

    • COMPUTER 10150159 - Server Applications

  • Enterprise Client
    10-154-110
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10154110
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ANY of the following options:

    • COMPUTER 10107187 - IT Career Exploration

    • CAREER 10890100 - College Success: On Course

  • Device Repair and Maintenance
    10-154-111
    3Credit
    72
    90

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10154111
    • Credits: 3.00

    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.

  • Infrastructure Automation
    10-154-114
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10154114
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces students to the fundamental skills needed to manage and automate IT Infrastructures. Students will learn the basics of scripting and command line environments using Windows PowerShell and other tools aiding system administrators in automating IT infrastructure.

    Coreq: Student has completed or is simultaneously enrolling in ALL of the following:

    • COMPUTER 10150156 - Windows Server

  • College Success: On Course
    10-890-100
    1Credit
    18
    36

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10890100
    • Credits: 1.00

    On Course helps you learn a number of proven strategies for creating greater academic, professional and personal success. You will discover how to create a rich, fulfilling life by developing new beliefs and behaviors. College Success: On Course empowers you to make wise choices in your academic and personal life which leads to improved experiences and outcomes.

    General Studies (15 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments are designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Math & Logic
    10-804-133
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804133
    • Credits: 3.00

    Students will apply problem solving techniques from discrete mathematics. Topics include symbolic logic, sets, algebra and base number systems.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ANY of the following options:

    • Accuplacer Arithmetic 263+ OR HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACT Math 18+ OR Arithmetic Level 2 Coursework

    • MATH 10804113 - College Technical Math 1A

    • MATH 10804115 - College Technical Math 1

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
    10-809-166
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809166
    • Credits: 3.00

    This course provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

  • Psychology of Human Relations
    10-809-199
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809199
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family, and in society.

    Prereq: Student has completed or is in process of completing ALL of the following:

    OR ALL of the following:

    • Student is not in progress in Associate Degree, Apprenticeship, or Technical Diploma (31 or 32 level)

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