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 (BCS, 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 Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
CIT160 Introduction to Programming 3 3 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
EET145 Networking I 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT180 Introduction to Database 3 3 M REQ
CIT260 Programming II 3 3 M REQ
EET245 Networking II 4 3 3 M REQ
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
MTH182 College Algebra and Trigonometry II 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT230 Fundamentals of Information Security 3 3 M REQ
CIT240 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3 3 M REQ
CIT246 System Analysis I 3 3 M REQ
CIT272 Network Administration and Technical Support 3 3 M REQ
MGT115 Principles of Management 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT241 Systems Programming 3 3 M REQ
CIT351 Web Systems and Technologies 3 3 M REQ
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 M REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT270 Internetworking 3 3 M REQ
CIT371 Network Administration II: Real-time Services 3 3 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT310 Wireless and Mobile Computing 3 3 M REQ
CIT441 Virtualization, Cloud Computing, and Storage 3 3 M REQ
CIT471 Convergent Technology and Unified Communication 3 3 M REQ
CIT372 Network Simulation 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT375 Protocol Vulnerabilities Analysis and Network Defense 3 3 M REQ
MIS350 Information Technology Project Management 3 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
SCL Science Elective with lab 4   S SCL
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
CIT445 Advanced Network Administration 3 3 M REQ
CIT476 Network Design and Management 3 3 M REQ
LAS350 Legal Issues in Information Security Management 3 Science, Technology and Society Requirement 3 M REQ
MGT410 Management of Organizational Behavior 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement
3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 15