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Computer Information Systems: Networking - Certificate (B31)

The networking associate certificate consists of a core of courses which provide job entry skills in the area of computer networks. This certificate can also be the foundation for advancement to higher level positions in an expanding field. Instruction includes hands-on system experience. This certificate is an expansion of the Networking certificate that adds training in network operating systems and general information systems theory.

Work and Employment

Networking associates are involved in the installation, use and maintenance of computer networks. They may set up the physical infrastructure for a network, use network operating systems to administrate and maintain network services, ranging from LANs to Internet services.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Kevin Megill, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6251
  • Greg Noack, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, 815-835-6434

Total Hours Required - 27 Hours

Major Field Requirements

  • CIS101 - Fund of Computer Info Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer information systems through a comprehensive study of the development, history, growth, and application of the computer as a tool of information systems. The student will gain a functional understanding of computer hardware, systems software, storage devices, telecommunications, database theory and applications, operating systems, programming languages, software development, systems analysis and design, and management information systems. Issues of computer security, Internet, and ethics will be stressed throughout the course. The student will be provided with a balance of real-world applications and technical information of information systems. The student will participate in introductory computer laboratory exercises emphasizing word processing and electronic spreadsheet. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • CIS151 - Network Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to computer networking. Students will be introduced to a variety of networking hardware and software. Students will examine the application of networking hardware and software, and install, configure, and troubleshoot end to end networks. The course will introduce the most popular and recent technologies. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA N+ network certification. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

  • CIS152 - Introduction to Networks (ITN) ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the first of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to LANs, OSI model, cabling, cabling tools, switching, routing, IP addressing, and network standards. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or approval of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

  • CIS154 - Switching/Routing/Wireless Ess ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the second of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to Switching Concepts, VLANs, STP, DHCP, LAN and WLAN Concepts, Routing and Troubleshooting Networks. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 152 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS156 - Enterprise Netw/Sec/Automation ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the third of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to Single-Area OSPFv2 Concepts and Configuration, ACL Concepts, NAT, WAN Concepts, VPN, IPSec, Network Design, Network Troubleshooting, Network Virtualization, and Network Automation. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 154 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab/week for 3 credits

  • CIS167 - A+ Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to microcomputer maintenance. This course will introduce a history of personal computer evolution as well as the most popular and recent technologies. Students will examine the personal computer; laptops and portable devices; current operating systems; printing & scanning techniques; basic networking; safety; and professionalism. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and A+ Technician exams. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS197 - Security + Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to network security principles. An in-depth overview of recognizing and protecting against risks and threats to an organization's electronic data will be addressed. The course will be delivered with a variety of videos, labs, text, lecture, and demonstrations. This course prepares students for the current CompTIA's Security+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167 (may be taken as co-requisite) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS250 - Beginning Linux ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to enable students to install the Linux operating system. Students will become familiar with general Linux commands and directory structures. This course will include an introduction to Linux editors and programming. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167, (may be taken as co-requisites), or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • CIS257 - Cyber Security Analysis ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides the knowledge and skill required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization, with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization. This course is aligned with the CompTIA CySA+ certification and prepares the student for the CompTIA CySA+ exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 and CIS 197 (CIS 197 can be taken concurrently) Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab hours:2 lec/2 lab/week

Suggested Program

First Semester - 15 Hours

  • CIS101 - Fund of Computer Info Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of computer information systems through a comprehensive study of the development, history, growth, and application of the computer as a tool of information systems. The student will gain a functional understanding of computer hardware, systems software, storage devices, telecommunications, database theory and applications, operating systems, programming languages, software development, systems analysis and design, and management information systems. Issues of computer security, Internet, and ethics will be stressed throughout the course. The student will be provided with a balance of real-world applications and technical information of information systems. The student will participate in introductory computer laboratory exercises emphasizing word processing and electronic spreadsheet. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • CIS151 - Network Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to computer networking. Students will be introduced to a variety of networking hardware and software. Students will examine the application of networking hardware and software, and install, configure, and troubleshoot end to end networks. The course will introduce the most popular and recent technologies. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA N+ network certification. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

  • CIS152 - Introduction to Networks (ITN) ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the first of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to LANs, OSI model, cabling, cabling tools, switching, routing, IP addressing, and network standards. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or approval of instructor 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab

  • CIS154 - Switching/Routing/Wireless Ess ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the second of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to Switching Concepts, VLANs, STP, DHCP, LAN and WLAN Concepts, Routing and Troubleshooting Networks. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 152 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS167 - A+ Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to microcomputer maintenance. This course will introduce a history of personal computer evolution as well as the most popular and recent technologies. Students will examine the personal computer; laptops and portable devices; current operating systems; printing & scanning techniques; basic networking; safety; and professionalism. This course is designed to prepare the successful student for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and A+ Technician exams. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

Second Semester - 12 Hours

  • CIS156 - Enterprise Netw/Sec/Automation ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This is the third of three courses designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technology that will empower them to enter employment and/or further education and training in the computer networking field. Instruction includes, but is not limited to Single-Area OSPFv2 Concepts and Configuration, ACL Concepts, NAT, WAN Concepts, VPN, IPSec, Network Design, Network Troubleshooting, Network Virtualization, and Network Automation. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem solving techniques to solve networking problems. Prerequisite: CIS 154 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec/2 lab/week for 3 credits

  • CIS197 - Security + Certification ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course offers a hands-on approach to network security principles. An in-depth overview of recognizing and protecting against risks and threats to an organization's electronic data will be addressed. The course will be delivered with a variety of videos, labs, text, lecture, and demonstrations. This course prepares students for the current CompTIA's Security+ Certification Exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167 (may be taken as co-requisite) or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) 2 lec/2 lab/week

  • CIS250 - Beginning Linux ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course is designed to enable students to install the Linux operating system. Students will become familiar with general Linux commands and directory structures. This course will include an introduction to Linux editors and programming. Prerequisite: CIS 151 or CIS 152 or CIS 167, (may be taken as co-requisites), or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • CIS257 - Cyber Security Analysis ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course provides the knowledge and skill required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization, with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization. This course is aligned with the CompTIA CySA+ certification and prepares the student for the CompTIA CySA+ exam. Prerequisite: CIS 151 and CIS 197 (CIS 197 can be taken concurrently) Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab hours:2 lec/2 lab/week