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Computer Networking & Telecommunications

CNET 1101 -- PC Troubleshooting, Maintenance & Repair,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introduction to hardware troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of Intel-based personal computers. Students work with PC system components and configurations including: bus architectures, microprocessors, memory, BIOS, I/O and mass storage devices. The course is designed for the hardware novice and allows participants to build a PC.


CNET 1115 -- IT & Data Assurance,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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This course introduces the basics of network security. The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security.


CNET 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
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This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


CNET 1201 -- A+ Core Hardware and OS Technologies,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intermediate knowledge of computer hardware and the Windows operating system as well as good Internet search engine skills. Access to high-speed Internet and Administrator level access to a Windows PC.
Comprehensive introduction to personal computer hardware and operating system configuration, support, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Basic networking configuration and theory, command line and Windows interface operations, mobile technology, and standard operating procedures for the workplace are covered in this course. This course maps fully to the current CompTIA A+ industry certification.


CNET 2101 -- Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.


CNET 2105 -- Security Awareness and Policies,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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This course is intended to provide a basic survey of the importance of IT security awareness and data confidentiality. This security awareness-training course walks users through every aspect of Information Security in a very broad, easy to understand way and explains to them the value of securing data, both for themselves and the organization. The class will introduce legislation, local, state and federal privacy policies and liability of individuals and institutions related to data confidentiality and integrity, to include HIPPA and Gramm Leach Bliley act. This course will introduce basic concepts of risk management, security policies, common threats and countermeasures. Best practices in access control and password policies will also be covered.


CNET 2112 -- Desktop Operating Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: CNET 2101 or CSCI 1101

This course focuses on the Microsoft desktop operating system (Windows XP Professional) available for personal computers. Students gain foundation knowledge and skills with operating system installation, support, and troubleshooting correlated to a business environment. The course is offered under the Microsoft Developer Networking Academic Alliance Program (MSDNAA) and prepares students for the related industry certification. (The course content is susceptible to change based on a new OS release.)


CNET 2113 -- Network Operating Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 2112 with a grade of C or better

Continuation of desktop operating systems and covers Microsoft network operating system solutions designed for the business environment. Students gain a foundation in NOS installation, support, and troubleshooting. The course focus is Microsoft Windows Server 2003, server administration, and integration of Windows 2000 Server domains. The course is offered under the Microsoft Developer Networking Academic Alliance Program (MSDNAA) and prepares students for the related industry examination. (The course content is susceptible to change based on a newer NOS release.)


CNET 2114 -- Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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This course develops an understanding of how to use and operate the Linux/UNIX operating system. The class is for new users of the Linux/UNIX operating environment and helps prepare for the CompTIA Linux+certification exam. Major topics discussed in the course are: Linux/UNIX history, the Linux desktop, resources, working with the command line, run-levels, user administration, and network configuration.


CNET 2125 -- System Virtualization,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2113 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Computer proficiency highly recommended

This course explores the world of system virtualization. Using an innovative approach, the course takes virtualization to the next level by showing how it is used to build demonstration networks. The use of current technologies, such as VMWare and Hyper-V, ensures that students will be prepared for today's workplace. This course explores the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi¿ and VMware vCenter Server¿. Extensive activities and exercises throughout the course provide ample opportunity for hands-on practice.


CNET 2205 -- Fundamentals of Wireless LANS,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Cnet 2301

This course focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. The class includes a comprehensive overview of technologies, security, and design best practices. Fundamentals of Wireless LANs also helps prepare students for the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification.


CNET 2215 -- Managing Network Security,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course provides a comprehensive overview of building and maintaining security appliances (e.g. firewalls) in a business environment. It is designed for students who need to learn and implement the basics of network security. It covers basic installation techniques, discusses how to make intelligent technology choices, and presents basic troubleshooting. Specific topics covered include: planning/design, security, configuration, packet filtering, proxy servers, authentication, encryption, virtual private networks (VPN), and intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS).


CNET 2297 -- Field Experience and Seminar,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Permission of program director

Provides opportunities for students to develop professional skills in the area of networking by integrating 4-hour long seminars with supervised productive work experiences (40 hours of work per credit hour) in cooperating organizations. Through this interaction, students enhance their academic knowledge, persist in the continuation of their education, and enhance personal and professional development. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 11 credits.


CNET 2301 -- Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2101 with a grade of C or better

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.


CNET 2303 -- Scaling Networks (CCNA 3),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.


CNET 2304 -- Connecting Networks (CCNA 4),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.


CNET 2320 -- Unified Communications/VoIP,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2303 with a grade of C or better

This course introduces the basic concepts of Unified Communication (UC) / Voice over IP (VoIP) and contrasts them with circuit switch telephony. Through class lectures, labs, discussions, and supplementary materials, the student will be able to understand the architecture, protocols and key attributes and considerations required to engineer integrated voice and data networks. Case studies will also be used to show real world examples of the technology in use as well as next-generation applications.


CNET 2401 -- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Must have attended ICDN (Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices) or ICRS (Introduction to Cisco Routers) or CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate); OR must have installed at least two Cisco routers and/or switches; OR taken semesters 1 & 2 from a Cisco Network Academy.
Students in this course will learn to install, configure, and maintain basic Cisco networks for LAN, WAN, and internet. Course topics include open systems networking layers, LAN/WAN configurations, routing protocols, managing access lists and routing/switching/bridging within networks. Activities include hands-on practice labs.


CNET 2490 -- Industry Certification,   credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Completion of CNET core coursework

This course fulfills the requirement for taking an IT industry certification as part of the MnSCU technical skill attainment initative as part of the Minnesota Career and Technical Education (CTE) Assessment Project. Students will review the certification exam taking process and prepare for exam day.


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