Cisco Network Specialist
Offered at the Following Campuses
The purpose of the Cisco Network Specialist TCC program is to prepare students for careers in networking using a sequence of specific courses. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes preparation for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam. Students are introduced to such topics as the OSI model, router configuration, multiple protocols, Local Area Networks (LAN), Switching, WANS, and internetworking as a whole. Program completers receive a Cisco Network Specialist certificate.
The standard curriculum for the Cisco Network Specialist certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program during any semester when CIST 2441 is offered. The Cisco Network Specialist certificate program can be completed within 4 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 credit hours.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
Curriculum Outline (16 hours)
Occupational Courses (16 hours)
(Prerequisites: Program Admission) This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging network technology. Topics include basic network concepts, basic network device configuration, network protocols and models, network access, Ethernet and access control, end to end communications, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting, fundamental application services, security, and network performance.
(Prerequisites: CIST 2441)
This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians and helps them develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians. It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions, and the final chapter helps them prepare for the CCENT certification exam. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting skills are taught in context.
(Prerequisites: CIST 2441)
The students will be familiarized with the equipment applications and protocols installed in enterprise networks, with a focus on switched networks, IP Telephony requirements, and security. It also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol.
(Prerequisites: CIST 2442, CIST 2443)
This course introduces students to network design processes using two examples; a large stadium enterprise network and a medium-sized film company network. Students follow a standard design process to expand and upgrade each network, which includes requirements gathering, proof-of-concept, and project management. Lifecycle services, including upgrades, competitive analyses, and system integration, are presented in the context of pre-sale support. In addition to the Packet Tracer and lab exercises found in the previous courses, there are many pen-and-paper and role laying exercises that students complete while developing their network upgrade proposals.