College Catalog

Information Technology: Network Specialist Concentration (BNW)

(Effective Fall 2013)

The Information Technology; Network Specialist Concentration major prepares students for a variety of careers related to network design, installation, and maintenance. Specifically, students gain proficiency in the technical aspects of a network, including monitoring, resource management, user management, and performance issues. The curriculum provides a working knowledge in common operating systems, including installation, configuration, scripting, user and resource management, troubleshooting and common system utilities. Graduates should be able to evaluate, analyze, design, manage, administer, and troubleshoot networks. Covered topics include networking basics and protocols, advanced networking protocols, wireless networks, transport and application protocols, programming languages, and operating systems. In addition, advanced platform skills in virtualization and unified communications, project management, and network optimization techniques and best practices are covered.

Career Opportunities

This major prepares students for positions that may include systems administrators/analysts, network architects, data communications analyst, information systems administrators, software development engineers, network administrators, information and cyber security specialists, antivirus software managers, and related positions.

Recommended High School Subjects

A strong background in English, mathematics through at least algebra, and science is desired. A familiarity with computer equipment and software is also desired.

Special Equipment Needs

A laptop computer is required for enrollment in IT majors (BIS, BNW. BSI, BGS, and TU).

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies.  Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in this catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting.htm).  Students will not be allowed to enroll in required Information Technology (CIT) and Security (IAS) courses until all remediation of mathematics (through MTH006) is complete. 

Transfer Procedures

All transfer credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine where they would fit into the curriculum sequence. Students must have earned a grade of 'C' or better in courses transferred into the major.

Program Goals

Graduates of this major should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to networking.
  • assess the needs of an information technology (IT) related problem and select, develop, integrate, deploy, secure, and administer an appropriate solution to address users' interests.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the core information technologies such as programming, networking, web development, database, and security.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the technical aspects of a network, including installation, maintenance, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, resource management, and user management.
  • apply necessary problem-solving, collaborative, organizational, and project planning skills to accomplish a common goal.
  • identify and explain the professional, social, ethical, and legal issues of IT and the associated responsibilities of IT professionals.
  • communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, using language appropriate for the intended audience.
  • identify, evaluate, and explain how changes in the IT discipline affect business, industry, and the work environment.
  • identify and explain the need for continuing professional development in the IT discipline.
  • provide basic technical support using appropriate communication, diagnostic, and customer relation skills.
  • understand the basic financial principles of business and how it affects the IT industry.

Performance Standards

Students must complete all required courses in the Information Technology: Network Specialist Concentration major (those courses with the alpha-designators BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, CIT and MTH) with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
CIT160Introduction to Programming 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
EET145Networking I 4 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second SemesterCredits
CIT180Introduction to Database 3 
CIT260Programming II 3 
EET245Networking II 4 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
or
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
MTH182College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third SemesterCredits
CIT230Fundamentals of Information Security 3 
CIT240Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3 
CIT246System Analysis I 3 
CIT272Network Administration and Technical Support 3 
MGT115Principles of Management 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth SemesterCredits
CIT241Systems Programming 3 
CIT351Web Systems and Technologies 3 
MTH160Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
or
SPC201Interpersonal Communication 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth SemesterCredits
CIT270Internetworking 3 
CIT310Wireless and Mobile Computing 3 
CIT371Network Administration II: Real-time Services 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth SemesterCredits
CIT372Network Simulation 3 
CIT375Protocol Vulnerabilities Analysis and Network Defense 3 
CIT441Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Storage 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh SemesterCredits
CIT471Convergent Technology and Unified Communication 3 
MIS350Information Technology Project Management 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth SemesterCredits
CIT445Advanced Network Administration 3 
CIT476Network Design and Management 3 
LAS350Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement
MGT410Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
OEAOpen Elective / Associate 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 15

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