Apr 23, 2018  
2013-14 Catalog 
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Network Technology Certificate

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Program Design

The Computer Network Technology certificate program is for students seeking a broad and in-depth knowledge of the theory, design, installation, configuration, maintenance and administration of basic-to-complex computer networks. Students will acquire background and skills to enable them to understand and work with digital machines from microprocessors to microcomputers to mainframe systems configured in local-area network or wide-area network configurations. Students will learn to: describe and understand the various aspects of computer network operating systems and their design and implementation; describe and understand the theory involved in computer networks; describe and understand the basic technologies used in local- and wide-area networks, including logical and physical technologies as well as hardware and software associated with computer networks; demonstrate a working knowledge of computer networks by describing design and technologies used in computer networks including: transmission media, topologies, protocols, interface performance analysis, bridges, gateways, data integrity, and network security; and demonstrate sufficient knowledge in computer network theory, technology, and administration to secure career placement in the field. Classroom discussion is supplemented with “hands-on” computer network laboratory experience and projects.

The Computer Network Technology certificate 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 and/or evening hours. Students who complete the Computer Network Technology certificate program and decide to pursue an associate in science degree may apply all of their credits towards the Computer Network Technology A.S. degree program. Students should consult with a computer science/technology faculty advisor to plan their program and schedule of classes, and to discuss required course prerequisites.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 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.
  2. Describe basic computer organization and the relationship between hardware components and the operating system.
  3. Describe the essential operating system components and the operating services.
  4. Differentiate and apply the basic technologies used in local- and wide-area networks.
  5. Demonstrate and implement advanced networking infrastructure concepts.
  6. Demonstrate the use of appropriate tools to administer and troubleshoot server and client computers on a network.
  7. Demonstrate skills in installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and upgrade of computer operating systems at both the workstation and server levels.
  8. Demonstrate competency in installing, repairing, servicing, troubleshooting and upgrading computers and peripheral equipment from the PC technician’s point of view.

Total Credits Required: 29

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