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Network Administration & Technology-Microsoft - Certificate


Career Area: Information Technologies
Program: Network Administration & Technology
Campus(es): Winona

Network Administration is among the fastest growing fields in today's global society.

In the Network Administration and Technology program at Minnesota State College Southeast, you will learn to meet the challenges of an ever-changing computer-networking environment.

At MSC Southeast in Winona, students are trained in designing, planning, implementing and managing network systems with an emphasis on a “hands-on” applied approach to learning. The hands-on approach stressed throughout the program adds a dimension necessary to acquire practical troubleshooting skills to function efficiently in this complex computer field.

The 12-credit Microsoft Certificate focuses on skills in MS Workstation, Microsoft Server/Enterprise, Microsoft Services, and Microsoft Advanced Server. Demand for employees with these skills is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

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Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Arts, Communications & Information Systems
Cluster: Information Technology
Pathway: Information Support & Services
Recommended high school classes and basic job/program skills

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Courses

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified


 
0 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
NWAT1601
MS Workstation I
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
NWAT1602
MS Workstation II
This course will explore the MS workstation networking client. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS workstation in a single and multi-domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft networking environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: MS Workstation I or concurrent) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
NWAT1649
Microsoft Server/Enterprise
This course will explore the Microsoft server networking environment. The students will learn how to plan, install and configure a MS server in a single domain environment. Emphasis will be placed on the managing, monitoring and optimizing of network resources. Boot failures, configuration errors and fault-tolerances will be discussed as it relates to the Microsoft environment. Students will be required to install and configure a server in a single domain environment. The use of diagnostic and monitoring software will be emphasized. (Prerequisite: NWAT1601, NWAT1602, NWAT1641) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2665
Microsoft Services
This course examines the Exchange Server architecture, as well as its proper installation and implementation in a Microsoft networking environment. Students will learn how to configure and manage Exchange clients and services. Using Exchange with other existing systems such as Lotus, Netware, and MS Mail will be discussed. The student will also examine other MS services such as remote access, terminal services, and web services. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641 and NWAT1649 or instructor's permission) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2669
Microsoft Advanced Server
This course examines the planning, installing and implementing of Active Directory in the Windows 2000 Server environment. Students will learn how to configure and manage Active Directory, RAS, Terminal Services, and Windows 2000 security. Additional emphasis will be placed on connectivity issues concerning a mixed client environment in the Windows 2000 architecture. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641, NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
 
12 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 12


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$2,335
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$405
Estimated Total:$2,740
 

 


Career Opportunities

  • Network Administration Assistant
  • Microsoft Network Administrator
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Internet Network Assistant
  • Network Administrator Assistant
  • Certified Netware Administrator
  • Hardware and Software Technicians

Career Information

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:
  1. Analyze, plan for and support operating system maintenance.
  2. Evaluate, identify and implement appropriate security standards.
  3. Acquire technical skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level employment in the information and technology fields.
  4. Design, build and manage PC networks in a multi-vendor OS environment. (Microsoft, Novell or Unix etc.)
  5. Configure and implement routers and switches to operate in a typical LAN/WAN environment.
  6. Perform TCP/IP skills in using and configuring network protocols.
  7. Identifying, implementing and configuring security best practices.

Highlights

  • Unique program for the area
  • Curriculum is designed to be "hands-on"
  • Fast growing field
  • Evening courses available for working adults
  • Cisco Certified and Microsoft Certified

Instructors

  • Steve Rudnik has been in the information technology field since 1994 providing networking services to businesses and schools in southeastern Minnesota. He holds certifications in A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CNA (Certified Novell Administrator), CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Associate), CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor) and a certified Citrix Metaframe technician. In addition, Steve has been trained and certified to recognize network security threats and vulnerabilities and implementing counter measures. He has also been trained and certified by a NSA (National Security Agency) approved program for configuring and implementing router, firewall and VPN security for data networks. Currently, Steve is a full-time faculty member at Minnesota State College's Network Administration and Technology Department, instructing students on Microsoft, Novell, and Unix/Linux platforms.

 

Other Majors in the Network Administration & Technology program

Network Administration & Technology AAS

Network Administration & Technology DIP

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Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.

Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.

Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

 

 
 

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