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Overview | Computer Network Technology

Information technology is a progressive and constantly changing industry, promising a wide range of opportunities. If you have always loved the idea of working with technology and computers, the Computer Network Technology program may be the ideal pathway for you. The Associate of Applied Science in Computer Networking Technology prepares students for employment in the field of information technology in roles such as network technician, network administrator, systems administrator, and customer support. Through on-ground courses, students are taught to design, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot networks. The program coordinates with national standards like those of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).


Program Outcomes

  • Install, connect, and configure network hardware and software to meet common requirements.
  • Design and implement an internetwork including IP addressing, sub-netting, routing, switching, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), and network design documentation.
  • List and describe TCP/IP layers, layer interactions, protocols, and applications.
  • Describe technical aspects of network operation including access technologies, bandwidths, standards, VLANs, and electronic connecting devices.
  • Describe common Wide Area Network (WAN) technologies, topologies, and associated protocols.
  • Install, test, and troubleshoot PC hardware and Windows desktop operating systems.
  • Demonstrate professional interaction with end users in a technical support environment utilizing troubleshooting, escalation channels, Help Desk software, and communications skills.
  • Install, maintain, administer, and support Windows and Linux server operating systems.
  • Understand common legal, ethical and business requirements for securing information.
  • Utilize security tools and common best practices to design a secure network architecture

Suggested Course Schedule

Semester 1

Technician Essentials 1 (3)
Network Design & Implementation (3)
Old Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 1 (3)
Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)
Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

Technician Essentials 2 (3)
Network Routing & Switching (3)
New Testament Survey (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1

Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
Window Server 1 (3)
Linux Administration (3)
Baptist Heritage (3)
Literature Elective (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

Network Security (3)
Windows Server 2 (3)
Computer Internship (3)
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism (3)
American Studies Elective (3)
Math or Science Elective (3)

Total Credits: 18

Potential Career Fields

Network technician
Network administrator
Systems administrator
Customer support

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees,
specialized training, or addtional certification and licenses.

MBU Program Faculty

Jeremy Dennis

School of Applied Science

CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
Certified Meraki Network Operator
Microsoft MCP

Ken Banks

School of Applied Science

ITIL Service Management Certification
Microsoft MCP Certification Windows

Tanner Jotblad

School of Applied Science

AAS IT Web Analyst/Programmer, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Linux+
Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator

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