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Network Administration & Technology - Diploma


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. Demand for network administrators is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.

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 32-credit Network Administration and Technology diploma includes 8 credits of general college education and 24 credits of technical coursework. Hands-on lab experience covers MS Workstation, PC Hardware Support, Microsoft Server/Enterprise, Wireless Communications, Fundamentals of Security, and more. Upon graduation, you will be ready to begin a career in this high paying, in-demand field.

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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


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
English/Communications requirement
Choose one 2000 level 3 credit English or Communications course.
3 cr
Math requirement
Choose one 2 credit (or greater) Math course.
2 cr
 
8 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
3 cr
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
NWAT1607
PC Hardware Support
This course covers the concepts and familiarity of computer hardware components. System boards, storage devices and peripherals will be studied as to their basic purpose and functionality. Emphasis will be placed on the assembling and disassembling of a microcomputer. The student will be provided with a background in some of the techniques used to service personal computers. Fundamentals of hardware troubleshooting as it relates to keyboards, monitors, printers, mouse, floppy drives, and other peripherals will be explored. (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT1641
Networking Fundamentals
This course will explore the history of TCP/IP. Students will learn the components and functionality of TCP/IP by studying the OSI Model, the TCP/IP stack model and its role in communicating across a network. The student will become familiar with basic and advanced IP addressing, as well as TCP/IP routing. Additional emphasis will be placed on the utilization of TCP/IP tools (TFTP, Ping, Telnet, etc.) Students will be required to calculate IP subnetting for various network scenarios. Practical skills in network cable identification and construction will be employed. (Cisco Semester 1) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 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
NWAT1670
WAN Technologies
This course provides a background in the fundamentals of data communication and WAN concepts. The student will learn how a network transmits data across a large geographical area by various means. Telecommunications and its growing impact on technology will be studied. Communication equipment and its function in a WAN topology is also discussed. The student will be introduced to repeaters, bridges and gateways. Cisco router basics: its startup and configuration in a WAN environment will help students understand the connectivity power of networks. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641, NWAT1649)(3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2676
Wireless Communications
This course provides a survey of techniques and procedures followed in the development of business computer information systems. Topics include structured approaches to needs assessment, specification, design, system development, documentation development and implementation of new systems. Students will be introduced to various CASE tools and their uses in system analysis and design. The student will use these tools to plan and create systems based on different network scenarios. (Prerequisites: NWAT1641, NWAT1649) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
NWAT2681
Fundamentals of Security
As organizations accelerate their interest in network business solutions, they need qualified professionals who possess the skills necessary to ensure the security of all network-based transactions. This course will provide training to improve the student's skills and knowledge in three key areas of network security: firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and virtual private networks. Practical hands-on projects will guide the student through implementing hardware, software, network, Internet and data security configurations. (Prerequisite or concurrent: NWAT1641) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
 
24 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 32


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$6,227
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$910
Estimated Total:$7,137
 

 


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-Microsoft CERT

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