Learn from actual IT and network administration professionals who are on the front lines working with the latest technology and responding to the IT demands of organizations of all sizes across industries.
Our AAS Degree program in Information Technology will prepare you to seek out opportunities to step into any of the following roles: Network Administrator, Network Systems Administrator, Database Administrator, Network Administration Lead, Network Software Administrator, IT Tech Support. With your new educational foundation, you can become an indispensable part of a successful company’s operations or a valued resource in a startup.
You’ll Learn How To:
- Set up and manage a computer network
- Troubleshoot and repair network and non-network computers
- Design directory services infrastructure
- Provide technical support
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|INT100||Computer Hardware Essentials||6.5|
|INT101||Computer Software Essentials *||6.5|
|INT103||Introduction to Networking *||6.5|
|INT104||Network Security Fundamentals *||6.5|
|INT105||Network Analysis and Design *||6.5|
|INT106||Server Administration *||6.5|
|INT208||Enterprise Routing and Switching *||6.5|
|INT209||Client Network Implementation *||6.5|
|INT210||Windows Server Security *||6.5|
|INT211||Information Technology Externship *||6.5|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||English Composition II *||4.5|
Computer Hardware Essentials
In Computer Hardware Essentials, the student will develop a working knowledge of the parts of a computer utilizing a hands-on approach to the material. The course covers computer components, installation, configurations, maintenance and troubleshooting of computer hardware, peripherals, and laptops. Computer safety will also be discussed. Upon the completion of IT100 and IT101, students will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA A+ certification.
Computer Software Essentials
In Computer Software Essentials, the student will learn the fundamental concepts and gain the hands-on, real world experience necessary to support software, operating systems, basic security, and virtual aspects of computer maintenance and repair. The student will also learn and apply proper troubleshooting theory and procedure. Upon the completion of IT101 and IT100, students will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA A+ certification.
In Windows Fundamentals, the student will be instructed in the key features of Windows operating systems. The goal is for each student to develop a working knowledge of management of a Windows OS, and its file systems, directories, and interfaces. Troubleshooting, customization, deployment, monitoring, and task management will also be covered.
Introduction to Networking
Introduction to Networking course is based on the CompTIA Network+ and portions of the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification exams. The course provides an introduction to networking and the Internet using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. The goal is to teach fundamental concepts and provide the hands- on, real world experience necessary to understand and support basic network infrastructure and devices. Additionally, the course covers all physical aspects of installing network system components and cabling. Upon the completion of IT103 AND IT105 the student will be eligible to sit for and obtain CompTIA Network+ certification.
Network Security Fundamentals
In Network Security Fundamentals, the student will learn about security components, protocols, common vulnerabilities and defenses, and virtualization, as well as topics of increasing importance in the industry as a whole. Data and host security, as well as wireless security components will be covered. The student will plan, administer, and evaluate workstation and network security as a part of the course.
Network Analysis and Design
Network Analysis and Design expands upon the concepts presented in IT103 by delving into more advanced networking topics including routing and remote access, addressing, and security. Network monitoring and troubleshooting are taught in context. This course prepares the student with the skills necessary to support a small to medium sized business or ISP. By the end of the course, the student will be prepared to sit for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Elements of this course map to portions of the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification.
In the Server Administration course the student will learn configuring, managing, and troubleshooting networking features and services in a Windows Server environment. The goal of the course is for the student to gain knowledge of server networking, Domain Name Systems, Active Directory, and other services associated with Windows Server network infrastructure. By the end of the course, the student will complete a server virtualization setup.
Enterprise Routing and Switching
Enterprise Routing and Switching familiarizes the student with the equipment, applications, and protocols installed in enterprise networks. The course also introduces advanced routing protocols such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol. The student will complete a variety of hands-on exercises, including configuration, installation, and troubleshooting. Elements of this course map to portions of the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certification.
Client Network Implementation
This course focuses on implementation and management of client networks. Topics include types of client networks; installing, configuring, and monitoring a network infrastructure; routing and switching aspects of networks; and Internet protocols. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Routing and Switching certification exam.
Windows Server Security
In the Windows Server Security class the student will develop an advanced working knowledge of Windows Server security features, policies, and settings. The student will design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot security policies, software updates, patches to operating systems, applications, and Public Key Infrastructure. Planning and configuration of wireless networks, Active Directory, encryption, and SSL certificates will be covered.
Information Technology Externship
The Externship will be a culminating activity that provides a way for the student to demonstrate the working knowledge and skills they acquired during their academic experience with Vista College along with the research, communication and technology skills relevant to today’s work environment. Students nearing the end of their program will complete a reflective portfolio, a resume that integrates and demonstrates what they have learned, and 180 hours of externship.
Introduction to College Mathematics
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
English Composition I
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
English Composition II
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.