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Networking and Cyber Security

Program Chair

Jeanette Smith-Perrone
253.566.5292 jsmith-perrone@tacomacc.edu

TCC’s Networking and Cyber Security program prepares the student for careers in network administration and technical support with a focus on cyber security. The program includes a series of technical core courses that provide hands-on knowledge and skills in systems, data, networking, and security concepts. The program includes a series of non-technical core courses related to business, project, and team communication skills. Advanced coursework includes training in PC hardware and operating systems, Windows servers, networking, routing, security, and virtualization. Students can prepare for industry certifications such as A+ and Network+ in a hands-on lecture and laboratory environment.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the course requirements for the AAS degree in Networking and Cyber Security, students will:

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills necessary in information technology.
  • Function professionally, ethically, and effectively as an information technology team member within an organization, including time management.
  • Use critical thinking skills by researching, formulating algorithms, and applying the System Development Life Cycle to information technology issues.
  • Take responsibility for own lifelong learning including anticipation and adaptation to ever-changing environments.
  • Demonstrate an integrated, comprehensive proficiency in the content area of information technology; interpolate this knowledge to the real world.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

To enter the program students must meet the following requirements:

  • Assessment above MATH 075 or completion of MATH 075 with a C or higher
  • Assessment at college-level English or completion of ENGL/ 095 with a C or higher
  • Assessment at college-level reading or completion of READ 095 with a C or higher
  • Completion of CU 100 with a C or higher, or instructor permission

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

All program coursework must be completed with C grades or higher to qualify for any certificates or degrees. Networking & Convergence Technologies program certificates can be earned as stand-alone certificates or they can be applied to the AAS degree requirements.

Help Desk Certificate

(19 credits)

Prepares students to perform fundamental PC support tasks and to hold entry-level jobs as help desk technicians. Students are encouraged to take the A+ certification exam upon certificate completion.

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

CU 108

Outlook

2

IT 102

Microcomputer Fundamentals

5

IT 110

Operating Systems I

5

IT 112

Help Desk Operations

2

Technical Support Certificate

(20 additional credits = total 39 credits)

Builds on basic PC support and networking skills and experience to develop more advanced networking skills. Students are encouraged to take the Network+ certification exam upon certificate completion.

Students must complete the Help Desk certificate or have equivalent work experience as determined by the program chair before completing this certificate.

IT 210

Operating Systems II

5

IT 260

Client/Server Technology - LANs

5

IT 261

Administration of Networks

5

IT 262

Technical Support of Windows Networks

5

DEGREE OPTIONS: Students in the degree pathway will choose from either the Network Support or Cyber Security certificates to progress to the AAS degree.

Option 1: Network Support Certificate

(30 additional credits = total 69 credits)

Prepares students to perform entry-level network administration tasks on both local and wide area networks. To complete the Network Support certificate, the student must first complete the requirements for the Help Desk and Technical Support certificates or have equivalent work experience as determined by the program chair.

IT 247

IT Project Management

5

IT 270

Service and Support Fundamentals

5

IT 271

Internetworking

5

IT 274

Network Security Fundamentals

5

IT 277

Data Storage Security & Management

5

IT 280

Advanced Networking Technologies

5

Option 2: Cyber Security Certificate

(30 additional credits = total 69 credits)

Prepares students to assess, defend, and remediate security risks for networked environments. The courses in this certificate provide hands-on expertise in using process, technology, and critical thinking skills to solve emerging security issues for business. Successful completion of this certificate prepares the student to be ready to pursue an entry-level position, upgrade a current role in an organization, or further their educaiton. This certificate will be aligned with the requirements of recognized industry certifications (CompTia Security+, CCNA(R) Security, and CISSP Associate), and the industry standards of the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), as the foundation of the CISSP. To complete the Cyber Security certificate, the student must first complete requirements for the Help Desk and Technical Support certificates or have equivalent work experience as determined by the program chair.

IT 247

IT Project Management

5

IT 274

Network Security Fundamentals

5

IT 275

Security Assessment & Remediation

5

IT 277

Data Storage Security & Management

5

IT 278

Incident Response & Intrusion Analysis

5

IT 280

Advanced Networking Technologies

5

Associate of Applied Sciences Degree

(24-29 additional credits = total 93-98 credits)

The Associate in Applied Sciences degree includes additional coursework in wireless networking, security, business, project management, and communication. Students are also required to successfully complete internships. Students who complete the AAS degree will be prepared for more advanced supervisory positions after obtaining requisite field experience. Students who complete the AAS degree will be prepared for more advanced supervisory positions after obtaining requisite field experience. To complete the AAS degree, students must first complete the Network Support or Cyber Security certificate. Students are encouraged to take MATH& 107 if you need a transfer-level math. ENGL& 101 and CMST& 101 are transfer-level classes.

BUS 102

Customer Service

2

BUS 110

Business Math

5

BUS 164

Leadership and Human Relations

5

BUS 280

Career Readiness Skills

2

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

OPTIONAL

IT 290

 

Work Internship

 

5

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

Application Support Specialist Certificate

(49 credits)

This certificate is designed to prepare students in the use and support of software applications. Success completion of the certificate prepares students for an entry-level position, upgrading their role in an organization, or to further their education.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

To enter the program students must meet the following requirements:

  • Assessment above MATH 075 or completion of MATH 075 with a C or higher
  • Assessment at college-level English or completion of ENGL 095 with a C or higher
  • Assessment at college-level reading or completion of READ 095 with a C or higher
  • Completion of CU 100 with a C or higher, or instructor permission

Certificate Completion Requirements

BUS 102

Customer Service

2

BUS 110

Business Math

5

BUS 164

Leadership and Human Relations

5

BUS 280

Career Readiness Skills

2

CMST& 101

Introduction to Communication

5

CU 101

Web-enabled Learning & Communication

2

CU 104

PowerPoint

1

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

CU 108

Outlook

2

CU 110

Access I

2

CU 202

Word II

3

CU 203

Excel II

3

CU 210

Access II

3

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

5

IT 112

Help Desk Operations

2

IT 230

Introduction to Project Management

2

e-HIM Certificate

(43-44 credits)

In collaboration with the Networking and Cyber Security program,TCC’s Health Information Management program offers an e-HIM (electronic-Health Information Management) certificate.

The health information management (HIM) field employs accredited professionals who are responsible for the organization and safe-keeping of a patient’s health information. Until recently, HIM professionals were primarily concerned with paper documents, but information is now generated, stored, and accessed electronically. This certificate complements the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credentials that allow HIM professionals to participate on health information management IT teams to electronically develop and/or manage health information.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK FOR ENTRY

Completion of the Networking & Cyber Security AAS degree or completion of the Health Information Management AAS degree program, or program chair permission and completion of CU 105 (or CU 102 and CU 103), ENGL& 101, and BUS 110 with a minimum grade of C or higher for each class.

Certificate Completion Requirements

BUS 102

Customer Service

2

or HIM 242

Health Information Management & Leadership

(3)

CU 105

Word I, Excel I

5

CU 108

Outlook

2

CU 110

Access I

2

CU 203

Excel II

3

CU 210

Access II

3

HIM 125

Health Data Structure, Content and Standards

5

HIM 130

Medical Terminology I

3

HIM 175

Clinical Classification Systems

3

HIM 215

Information and Communication Technologies

3

IT 230

Introduction to Project Management

2

IT 245

Data Modeling

2

IT 248

Database Implementation

3

IT 274

Network Security Fundamentals

5

 
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