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Information Systems Technology - Network Administration

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program provides instruction in beginning networking skills and prepares students to study for the A+ and the Network+ certification exams. The program also prepares students for the Network Engineering Career Studies Certificate.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Hardware Technician, Entry-Level Help Desk Technician, and Entry-Level Technical Support

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students enrolling in this certificate should have a strong foundation in microcomputer applications for word processing, spreadsheet, database, and Windows. Students must attain the grade of “C” or higher in IT courses taken for this certificate.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.






ITE 221

PC Hardware 
and OS Architecture




ITN 101

Introduction to
Network Concepts




ITN 171





ITN 110

Client Operating Systems (Windows 8)




ITN 111

Server Administration (Server 2012)




ITN 260

Security Basics




ITN 254

Virtual Infrastructure: Installation and Configuration








Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Network Administration 27



ITN 100 Introduction to Telecommunications 3 cr.

Surveys data transmission systems, communication lines, data sets, network interfacing protocols, and modes of transmission. Emphasizes network structure and operation.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ITE 115 or school approval.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ITN 101 Introduction to Network Concepts 4 cr.

Provides instruction in networking media, physical and logical topologies, common networking standards and popular networking protocols. Emphasizes the TCP/IP protocol suite and related IP addressing schemes, including CIDR. Includes selected topics in network implementation, support, and LAN/WAN connectivity.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ITE 221 or IT faculty approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 110 Client Operating System (Windows 8) 4 cr.

Covers installation, configuration, administration, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the Client Operating System (Windows 8) in a networked data communications environment.Prerequisite: ITN 101.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 111 Server Administration (Server 2012) 4 cr.

Covers basic instruction in various network protocols, name resolution services, remote access, security, and print installation, configuration, administration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Server Administration software (Server 2012) in an Active Directory domain environment.Prerequisite: ITN 110 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 154 Networking Fundamentals - Cisco 4 cr.

Introduces networking using the OSI reference model. Covers data encapsulation, TCP/IP suite, routing, IP addressing, and structured cabling design and implementation.Prerequisite: ITE 221.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 155 Introductory Routing - Cisco 4 cr.

Features an introduction to basic router configuration using Cisco IOS software. Includes system components, interface configuration, IP network design, troubleshooting techniques, configuration and verification of IP addresses, and router protocols.Prerequisite: ITN 154 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 156 Basic Switching and Routing - Cisco 4 cr.

Centers instruction in LAN segmentation using bridges, routers, and switches. Includes fast Ethernet, access lists, routing protocols, spanning tree protocol, virtual LANs, and network management.Prerequisite: ITN 155 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 157 WAN Technologies - Cisco 4 cr.

Concentrates on an introduction to Wide Area Networking (WAN). Includes WAN design, LAPB, Frame Relay, ISDN, HDLC, and PPP.Prerequisite: ITN 156 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 171 UNIX I 3 cr.

Introduces UNIX operating systems. Teaches login procedures, file creation, UNIX file structure, input/output control, and the UNIX shell.Prerequisite: ITE 115 or school approval.Lecture 3 hours per week.

ITN 213 Information Storage and Management 4 cr.

Focuses on advanced storage systems, protocol, and architectures, including Storage Area Networks (SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Fibre Channel Networks, Internet Protocol SAN (IPSAN), iSCSI, and Content Addressable Storage (CAS).Prerequisite: ITN 111.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 254 Virtual Infrastructure: Installation and Configuration 4 cr.

Explores concepts and capabilities of virtual architecture with a focus on the installation, configuration, and management of a virtual infrastructure, ESX Server, and Virtual Center. Covers fundamentals of virtual network design and implementation, fundamentals of storage area networks, virtual switching, virtual system management, and engineering for high availability.Prerequisite: ITN 171.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ITN 260 Network Security Basics 4 cr.

Explores the basics of network security in depth. Includes security objectives, security architecture, security models, and security layers. Covers risk management, network security policy, and security training. Includes the five security keys: confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability, and auditability.Prerequisite: ITN 101 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking 4 cr.

Explores in-depth various methods for attacking and defending a network. Covers network security concepts from the viewpoint of hackers and their attack methodologies. Discusses hackers, attacks, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), malicious code, computer crime, and industrial espionage.Prerequisite: ITN 260 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 262 Network Communication, Security, and Authentication 4 cr.

Explores in-depth various communication protocols with a concentration on TCP/IP. Discusses communication protocols from the point of view of the hacker in order to highlight protocol weaknesses. Includes Internet architecture, routing, addressing, topology, fragmentation, and protocol analysis. Includes the use of various utilities to explore TCP/IP.Prerequisite: ITN 261 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 275 Incident Response and Computer Forensics 4 cr.

Prepares the student for a role on an organizational IT support staff where the need for resolving computer incidents is becoming increasingly common. Includes legal and ethical issues of search and seizure of computer and peripheral storage media leading to laboratory exercises examining computers configured with mix of both simulated criminal and other activities which are not criminal in nature, but do violate scenario-driven organizational policy. Requires the student to make choices/recommendations for further pursuit of forensics evidence gathering and analysis. Students will select and gather the utilities and procedures necessary for a court-acceptable forensics toolkit which will then be used to gather and examine specially configured desktop computers. Students will then participate in a mock court proceeding using the collected evidence. Credit will be given to either ITN 275 or ITN 276 and ITN 277, but not all three courses.Prerequisite: ITN 260 or equivalent.Lecture 3 hours.Laboratory 2 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

ITN 295 Topics in ITN: Introduction to Windows PowerShell 4 cr.

Provides instruction in the use of Windows PowerShell scripting to automate the Windows desktop and server operating system tasks. Prerequisites andCo-requisites: ITN 110 and ITN 111 or school approval.Lecture 4 hours per week.

ITN 298 Seminar and Project: Networking Capstone Course 4 cr.

Covers the use of advanced concepts and utilities with current network operating systems. Includes administrator duties, such as server organization, permissions and rights, and client side issues, such as configuration, troubleshooting, and installation of applications.Prerequisites: ITN 111, ITN 260, and ITN 171 or equivalent courses and knowledge.Lecture 4 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Anthony Burruss Network Administration CSC 804/523-5588
Catherine Thomas Network Administration CSC 804/523-5072


Common Job Titles1: Computer Network Specialist; IT Consultant (Information Technology Consultant); Network Engineer; Network Specialist; Network Support Specialist; Network Technical Analyst; Network Technician; Personal Computer Network Analyst; Senior IT Assistant (Senior Information Technology Assistant); Systems Specialist

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 910

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $43,300 - $79,400

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

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