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Systems and Network Administration Degree - Bachelor of Science


Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

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  • CIS 240 Introduction to UNIX

    This course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts required for effective use of a UNIX operating system. During this course students learn to log in and out, navigate the file system, manipulate files, redirect and pipe the input and output of commands, hand file permissions, work with external devices, backup and restore of information, script in Bourne-again and C shells, and the configuring of network services. Hands-on demonstration and practical application play a prominent role in the course.
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  • CIS 340A Business Telecommunications

    This course will explore the fundamental technical principles of telecommunications and computer networks and then examine the business challenges of managing communications resources.
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  • CIS 306 Advanced UNIX Administration

    This course teaches the principles of UNIX from an administrator standpoint. Hands on demonstration and practical application of UNIX system administration will be a significant feature of the course. Security, networking, application installation, file system configuration, mounting and un-mounting devices, printing, permission, auditing, ethics, and X Terminal administration are covered. Prerequisite: CIS 240
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  • CIS 341A Cisco Networking

    This course introduces Internetworking through the study of Cisco routing and switching. Students will learn how to install, configure, operate, and optimize networks that use Ethernet, TCP/IP, Wide Area Network protocols, and Cisco network hardware. This course follows the Cisco curriculum leading to testing for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. Prerequisite: CIS 340A or CIS 351
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  • CIS 321 Structured System Analysis and Design

    This project-based course focuses on the use of tools and methodologies applied to structured system analysis and design. Emphasis is placed on the traditional approaches, for example, system flow charting and entity relationship diagrams. Students will complete a variety of analysis design specifications and a project implementation plan for a simulated business system.
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  • CIS 357 Operating Systems Administration

    This course provides the knowledge and skills required to administer small to medium-sized networks in server environments. Hands-on demonstration and practical application of administrative tools, utilities, and configurations in server environments will be the most significant feature of the course. Issues dealing with security, troubleshooting, and configuration will be presented, discussed, and applied by the students in the classroom.
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  • CIS 305 Management and Design of Database Systems

    The major focus of the course will be the relational model with a brief discussion of the hierarchical and network models. Database design using E-R Diagrams will be presented. Relational terminology and the theoretical concepts of the model, such as normalization, will be discussed. The Structured Query Language (SQL) will be used to manipulate the model. Students will prepare a small application using a Commercial Relational Database Management Systems.
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  • CIS 348B Implementing and Managing Network Infrastructures

    This course covers Microsoft Windows networking from the perspective of a system or network administrator. The topics covered include network configuration, IP address assignment, name resolution, routing, Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) and certificates, remote access, and managing and monitoring network access of local and wide area networks.
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  • CIS 349B Implementing and Maintaining Active Directory Structures

    In this course students will plan, implement, and troubleshoot a Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory® services infrastructure. Students will work with a Windows Server directory service environment, including forest and domain structure, Domain Name System (DNS), site topology and replication, organizational unit structure and delegation of administration, Group Policy, and user, group, and computer account strategies. Students will learn how to manage computer services structures within an organization and become familiar with human to computer interaction.
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  • CIS 352 Administration of SQL Databases

    This course provides the knowledge and skills required to install configure, administer, and troubleshoot the client/server database management system of Microsoft Structured Query Language (SQL) Server™. This class introduces the concepts of databases, database management systems, and administration of databases in local and wide area networks.
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  • CIS 406 Information Security

    This course is designed to provide an introduction to information security. Current trends in information security will be explored. Students will be introduced to sources of threats and vulnerabilities as well as methods for optimizing system security. Legal and ethical issues associated with information security will be examined, as well as how those issues are addressed within the context of an organization.
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  • CIS 480 Advanced Web Server Administration

    This course explores the configuration and management of Apache and IIS web servers. It covers web server installation, configuration, management, networking, active content support, and security.
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