Overview

The Network Systems Management curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully pass several major industry certification exams.

Networking is a common factor in distributed processing, online systems, teleprocessing, terminal-based systems, and real-time systems. The Network Systems Management curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully pass several major industry certification exams while completing the degree. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on experiences and is constantly tuned to be as “cutting edge” as possible.

NSM students must complete core courses, three approved networking elective courses, and the required general education courses. Students must earn a cumulative grade of “C” or better within all courses offered in the Information Systems Technology Department to be eligible for graduation.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(19 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
IST-200 Cisco LAN Concepts

Cisco LAN Concepts

ID: IST-200

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of small local area networks - home and small office/home offices (SOHO) networks. Topics include an introduction to networking, basic cabling for SOHO, LAN addressing and network services, basic security and wireless, planning and building a home network.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
IST-164 Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

ID: IST-164

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the fundamentals of installing, configuring and utilizing windows networking services while exploring techniques used to design, create and implement secure communications across the networks, which may consist of multiple vendors. Emphasis is also provided on support of remote users and central management concepts.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-165 Professional Communications

Professional Communications

ID: ENG-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course develops practical written, and oral professional communication skills. The course is oriented to current needs in industry and business, and assignments are drawn from students' majors.

3
IST-201 Cisco Internetworking Concepts

Cisco Internetworking Concepts

ID: IST-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of current and emerging computer networking technology. Topics covered include safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, network standards, LANs, WANs, OSI models, cabling, cabling tools, Cisco routers, router programming, star topology, IP addressing, and network standards.

3
IST-257 LAN Network Server Technologies

LAN Network Server Technologies

ID: IST-257

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of network operating system technologies including network operating system architecture, the installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of network resources, and network administration functions such as user/group maintenance, network security, print services, remote access, fault tolerance, backup and recovery.

3
CPT-285 Pc Hardware Concepts

Pc Hardware Concepts

ID: CPT-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on installing and upgrading microcomputer hardware and identifying malfunctions.

3
IST-165 Implementing & Admini Directory Services

Implementing & Admini Directory Services

ID: IST-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of directory services covering the planning, design, installation, configuration and administration of a network directory structure.

3
Semester 3
(15 Credit Hours)
IST-293 It and Data Assurance I

It and Data Assurance I

ID: IST-293

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basics of network security. Topics covered will include network vulnerabilities and threats, security planning, security technology, network security organization, as well as legal and ethical issues related to network security.

3
CPT-180 Shell Scripting

Shell Scripting

ID: CPT-180

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of shell scripting and emphasizes the designing, coding, and testing of scripts. This course will cover shell scripting from both the command line and the Graphical User Interface.

3
IST-202 Cisco Router Configuration

Cisco Router Configuration

ID: IST-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of LANs, WANs, OSI models, Ethernet, token ring, fiber distributed data interface TCP/IP addressing protocol, dynamic routing, routing, and the network administrator's role and function.

3
IST-260 Network Design

Network Design

ID: IST-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the processes and techniques required to identify the most attractive design solution of a telecommunications network--combining creativity, rigorous discipline, analysis, and synthesis--and while emphasizing the solution in terms of cost and performance.

3
IST-266 Internet and Firewall Security

Internet and Firewall Security

ID: IST-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to firewalls and other network security components that can work together to create an in-depth defensive perimeter around a Local Area Network (LAN).

3
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
IST-227 Internet Operations and Management

Internet Operations and Management

ID: IST-227

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the duties/responsibilities of an internet webmaster, appropriate hardware, software & telecommunications technology, designing, implementing & maintaining a web site, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is installing, configuring and testing TCP/IP. Topics include Subnet addressing; implementing IP routing; dynamic host configuration protocol; IP address resolution; NetBIOS name resolution; Windows Internet Name Service; connectivity; in heterogeneous environments; implementing Microsoft SNMP service; performance optimization and troubleshooting.

3
IST-261 Advanced Network Administration

Advanced Network Administration

ID: IST-261

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an advanced study of the networking operation system. Topics include installation upgrades, Ip services, internet infrastructure, advanced server management and security, nds management, and server optimization.

3
IST-291 Fundamentals of Network Security I

Fundamentals of Network Security I

ID: IST-291

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of intro levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to manage network security.

3
IST-203 Advanced Cisco Router Configuation

Advanced Cisco Router Configuation

ID: IST-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of configuring Cisco routers.

3
IST-267 Network Vulnerability Assessment

Network Vulnerability Assessment

ID: IST-267

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to test network security using network vulnerablity assessment tools and methods. Students will also learn how to improve network security based on the assessment results.

3
        Total Credit Hours 64
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$12,032.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(7 Credit Hours)
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
IST-200 Cisco LAN Concepts

Cisco LAN Concepts

ID: IST-200

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of small local area networks - home and small office/home offices (SOHO) networks. Topics include an introduction to networking, basic cabling for SOHO, LAN addressing and network services, basic security and wireless, planning and building a home network.

3
Semester 2
(12 Credit Hours)
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
MAT-155 Contemporary Mathematics

Contemporary Mathematics

ID: MAT-155

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes techniques and applications of the following topics: elementary number theory; algebra; geometry; measurement; graph sketching and interpretations; and descriptive statistics.

3
IST-164 Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

Implementing Network Infrastructure Serv

ID: IST-164

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the fundamentals of installing, configuring and utilizing windows networking services while exploring techniques used to design, create and implement secure communications across the networks, which may consist of multiple vendors. Emphasis is also provided on support of remote users and central management concepts.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-165 Professional Communications

Professional Communications

ID: ENG-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course develops practical written, and oral professional communication skills. The course is oriented to current needs in industry and business, and assignments are drawn from students' majors.

3
IST-165 Implementing & Admini Directory Services

Implementing & Admini Directory Services

ID: IST-165

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of directory services covering the planning, design, installation, configuration and administration of a network directory structure.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-257 LAN Network Server Technologies

LAN Network Server Technologies

ID: IST-257

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of network operating system technologies including network operating system architecture, the installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of network resources, and network administration functions such as user/group maintenance, network security, print services, remote access, fault tolerance, backup and recovery.

3
CPT-285 Pc Hardware Concepts

Pc Hardware Concepts

ID: CPT-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on installing and upgrading microcomputer hardware and identifying malfunctions.

3
IST-201 Cisco Internetworking Concepts

Cisco Internetworking Concepts

ID: IST-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of current and emerging computer networking technology. Topics covered include safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, network standards, LANs, WANs, OSI models, cabling, cabling tools, Cisco routers, router programming, star topology, IP addressing, and network standards.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
CPT-180 Shell Scripting

Shell Scripting

ID: CPT-180

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of shell scripting and emphasizes the designing, coding, and testing of scripts. This course will cover shell scripting from both the command line and the Graphical User Interface.

3
IST-266 Internet and Firewall Security

Internet and Firewall Security

ID: IST-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to firewalls and other network security components that can work together to create an in-depth defensive perimeter around a Local Area Network (LAN).

3
IST-202 Cisco Router Configuration

Cisco Router Configuration

ID: IST-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of LANs, WANs, OSI models, Ethernet, token ring, fiber distributed data interface TCP/IP addressing protocol, dynamic routing, routing, and the network administrator's role and function.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-260 Network Design

Network Design

ID: IST-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the processes and techniques required to identify the most attractive design solution of a telecommunications network--combining creativity, rigorous discipline, analysis, and synthesis--and while emphasizing the solution in terms of cost and performance.

3
IST-293 It and Data Assurance I

It and Data Assurance I

ID: IST-293

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basics of network security. Topics covered will include network vulnerabilities and threats, security planning, security technology, network security organization, as well as legal and ethical issues related to network security.

3
Semester 7
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-227 Internet Operations and Management

Internet Operations and Management

ID: IST-227

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the duties/responsibilities of an internet webmaster, appropriate hardware, software & telecommunications technology, designing, implementing & maintaining a web site, and utilizing security mechanisms. Also covered is installing, configuring and testing TCP/IP. Topics include Subnet addressing; implementing IP routing; dynamic host configuration protocol; IP address resolution; NetBIOS name resolution; Windows Internet Name Service; connectivity; in heterogeneous environments; implementing Microsoft SNMP service; performance optimization and troubleshooting.

3
IST-203 Advanced Cisco Router Configuation

Advanced Cisco Router Configuation

ID: IST-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of configuring Cisco routers.

3
Semester 8
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-291 Fundamentals of Network Security I

Fundamentals of Network Security I

ID: IST-291

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of intro levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to manage network security.

3
IST-267 Network Vulnerability Assessment

Network Vulnerability Assessment

ID: IST-267

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to test network security using network vulnerablity assessment tools and methods. Students will also learn how to improve network security based on the assessment results.

3
IST-261 Advanced Network Administration

Advanced Network Administration

ID: IST-261

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an advanced study of the networking operation system. Topics include installation upgrades, Ip services, internet infrastructure, advanced server management and security, nds management, and server optimization.

3
        Total Credit Hours 64
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$12,032.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Network and Systems Administrator

These professionals are responsible for system administration tasks related to server and network monitoring systems. They develop capacity planning and reporting methodology for storage and network technologies within data centers. They also actively monitor server systems for replication, performance, network errors, and utilization.

Projected Job Growth

+3.4%

Average Annual Salary

74,272

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Large Corporations
  • Small Businesses
  • Government Agencies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Enter the workforce

Students who complete this program can a job working in distributed processing, online systems, teleprocessing, terminal-based systems, and real-time systems.

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The Network Systems Management curriculum is designed to prepare students to successfully pass several major industry certification exams while completing the degree.