School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology

Network Systems Administration: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Merrillville, IN Campus

Course Descriptions

EN1320 Composition I | A 4.5 credit hour Composition course

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

GS1140 Problem Solving Theory | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional | 4.5 credit hours

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

GS2520 Professional Communications | 4.5 credit hours

This course focuses on techniques of interpersonal and business communications. Students compile a portfolio and create a professional resume. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I

GS2747 Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional | 3.0 credit hours

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study; Prerequisite or Corequisite: GS2520 Professional Communications or equivalent

HU1440 Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture | A 4.5 credit hour Humanities course

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research related to the humanities. Students study how to make strong arguments using written, visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

MA1210 College Mathematics I | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities will include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

MA1310 College Mathematics II | A 4.5 credit hour Mathematics course

This course will include the following concepts: exponential and logarithmic equations and functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, oblique triangles, vectors and sequences. Prerequisite: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent

NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic | 4.5 credit hours

The organization of a computer is examined in a typical operating systems environment. Terminology and underlying principles related to major computer functions are discussed in the context of hardware and software environments.

NT1210 Introduction to Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for the study of computer networking technologies. Concepts in data communications, such as signaling, coding and decoding, multiplexing, circuit switching and packet switching, OSI and TCP/IP models, LAN/WAN protocols, network devices and their functions, topologies and capabilities are discussed. Industry standards and the development of networking technologies are surveyed in conjunction with a basic awareness of software and hardware components used in typical networking and internetworking environments. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

NT1230 ClientServer Networking I | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces operating principles for the client-server based networking systems. Students will examine processes and procedures involving the installation, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and routine administrative tasks of popular desktop operating system(s) for standalone and network client computers, and related aspects of typical network server functions. Prerequisite or Corequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT1310 Physical Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course examines industry standards and practices involving the physical components of networking technologies (such as wiring standards and practices, various media and interconnection components), networking devices and their specifications and functions. Students will practice designing physical network solutions based on appropriate capacity planning and implementing various installation, testing and troubleshooting techniques for a computer network. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT1330 ClientServer Networking II | 4.5 credit hours

The typical network server operating system and its functions are the focus of this course. Areas of study include installation, configuration, maintenance and routine administrative tasks of the network services provided by the server in relation to its clients and other servers. Prerequisite: NT1230 Client-Server Networking I or equivalent

NT1430 Linux Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course covers system and network administrative tasks associated to Linux-based components on a network. Routine tasks in installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Linux workstations and servers will be discussed with emphasis on the network services provided by open source solutions. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT2580 Introduction to Information Security | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an overview of security challenges and strategies of counter measures in the information systems environment. Topics include definitions of terms, concepts, elements and goals incorporating industry standards and practices with a focus on availability, vulnerability, integrity and confidentiality aspects of information systems. Prerequisites: NT1330 Client-Server Networking II or equivalent, NT1430 Linux Networking or equivalent

NT2640 IP Networking | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores network design and implementation by applying the TCP/IP protocols to provide connectivity and associated services. Planning and deployment of network addressing structures, as well as router and switch configurations, are also examined. Prerequisite: NT1210 Introduction to Networking or equivalent

NT2670 Email and Web Services | 4.5 credit hours

This course explores common network-based services such as Web services, email and FTP in a given server operating systems environment. Related security issues will also be studied. Prerequisites: NT1330 Client-Server Networking II or equivalent, NT1430 Linux Networking or equivalent

NT2799 Network Systems Administration Capstone Project | 4.5 credit hours

This course provides an opportunity for students to work on a comprehensive project that includes the design, planning and implementation of a network solution for solving specific business problems. Common project management processes are applied to identify deliverables and outcomes of the project. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 75 credits earned in the program of study including NT2640 IP Networking or equivalent

PT1420 Introduction to Programming | 4.5 credit hours

This course serves as a foundation for understanding the logical function and process of computer programming. Basic computer programming knowledge and skills in logic and syntax will be covered. Coding convention and procedures will be discussed relevant to the given programming language environment. Prerequisite: NT1110 Computer Structure and Logic or equivalent

PT2520 Database Concepts | 4.5 credit hours

This course introduces the basic concepts in databases and their applications. Topics include database history, structure, objects, relational database management systems (RDBMS) and introductory Structured Query Language (SQL). Prerequisite: PT1420 Introduction to Programming or equivalent

SP2750 Group Theory | A 4.5 credit hour Social Science course

This course is an overview of the theory related to groups of people bonded by task or culture. Emphasis is on communication, critical thinking and group process theory, including social exchange theory, structuration theory, functional theory, group ethics, diversity and related communication conflicts, group decision-making, creativity, leadership and gender. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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