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  Nov 23, 2017
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Network Technology, A.S.

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Program Design

The Computer Network Technology associate degree program provides students with a broad background in the underlying disciplines of computer networking technology including an understanding of computer networking concepts and technologies, an understanding of the administration of networked client-server computer operating systems, an understanding of the fundamentals of computer programming, and an understanding of the fundamentals of computer architecture and organization. 

Students will also acquire a comprehensive educational background in mathematics, physics and general education. This program will enhance and develop the student’s critical thinking, problem analysis and resolution skills.

The Computer Network Technology A.S. degree program can serve as either a terminal degree which prepares students for positions in the computer networking and system administration professions or as a transfer degree to baccalaureate institutions with degree programs in computer networking and system administration.  Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate institutions should consult with an advisor regarding the requirements of these institutions and transferability of courses.

The  Computer Network Technology degree will also begin to prepare students for the CompTIA, Microsoft and CCNA certification exams. 


Students may enroll in this program full- or part-time. Courses are offered during daytime or evening hours. While there is no required sequence for most courses in the degree, the following five courses have prerequisites which require them to be taken in the following order:

1st Semester    CST*131  Networking Theory & Application
2nd Semester  CST*237 SysAdmin I - Client/Server
3rd Semester   CST*238 SysAdmin II - Client/Server and CST*132 Networking Infrastructure
4th Semester   CST*277 Network Security Implementation
Also, if students elect to take CST*205 Project Management, it is recommended that students take it during their last semester.

For students not prepared for the required mathematics or computer technology courses in the program, MCC offers a wide range of preparatory courses. Please consult with a computer science/technology faculty advisor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Computer Network Technology degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Demonstrate the ability to understand a problem and develop logically structured solutions through the use of flowcharts, pseudocode, Python and C++ code.
  2. Differentiate and understand the role and function of various current and emerging technologies, including, but not limited to, computer hardware, networking, programming, and database and Internet technologies.
  3. Describe basic computer organization and the relationship between hardware components and the operating system.
  4. Describe the essential operating system components and the operating services.
  5. Differentiate and apply the basic technologies used in local- and wide-area networks.
  6. Demonstrate and implement advanced networking infrastructure concepts.
  7. Demonstrate the use of appropriate tools to administer and troubleshoot server and client computers on a network.
  8. Demonstrate skills in installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and upgrade of computer operating systems at both the workstation and server levels.
  9. Demonstrate competency in installing, repairing, servicing, troubleshooting and upgrading computers and peripheral equipment from the PC technician’s point of view.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Total Credits Required: 62-64

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