(Effective Fall 2017)

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, 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).  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, and MTH) with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
EET145 Networking I 4  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3  
CIT260 Programming II 3  
EET245 Networking II 4  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3  
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3  
CIT246 System Analysis I 3  
CIT272 Network Administration and Technical Support 3  
MGT115 Principles of Management 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits
CIT241 Systems Programming 3  
CIT351 Web Systems and Technologies 3  
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits
CIT270 Internetworking 3  
CIT371 Network Administration II: Real-time Services 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits
CIT310 Wireless and Mobile Computing 3  
CIT441 Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Storage 3  
CIT471 Convergent Technology and Unified Communication 3  
CIT372 Network Simulation 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits
CIT375 Protocol Vulnerabilities Analysis and Network Defense 3  
MIS350 Information Technology Project Management 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits
CIT445 Advanced Network Administration 3  
CIT476 Network Design and Management 3  
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3  Science, Technology and Society Requirement
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
OEA Open Elective / Associate 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15