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Academic Certificate Program in Computer and Network Support

Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Science — Curriculum Code: 3321

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate

 

Why major in Computer and Network Support?

The Computer and Network Support Certificate Program deals with emerging information technologies to troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android, Windows and more. The Computer and Network Support Certificate provides comprehensive coverage of installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and maintenance of computer hardware, software, operating systems, peripherals, cabling, and networks. Training from this program is the foundation for more advanced IT certificates and all forms of system administration. This certificate program will offer a mixture of general education, professional courses, and technical experiences at local facilities. Upon completion, the student will obtain knowledge and techniques demanded by the information technology industry. Furthermore, this program prepares students for numerous computer related certificate exams; successful completion helps students prepare for important IT professional certificates offered by The Computing Technology Association (CompTIA): Linux+, Network+ and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

If I major in Computer and Network Support, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The program is intended as a career-oriented program. Courses completed as part of this Certificate of Completion program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. All credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associates’ degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences (ETCS) division faculty member for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Please contact the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Describe and analyze the hardware, software, component of a network and their interrelations;
  • Explain networking protocols and the hierarchical relationships of hardware and software;
  • Compare protocol models and select appropriate protocols for a particular design;
  • Explain concepts and theories of networking and apply them to various situations, classifying networks, analyzing performance and implementing new technologies;
  • Use appropriate resources to stay abreast of the latest industry tools and techniques analyzing the impact on existing and applying to future situations;
  • Managing multiple operating systems, systems software, network services and security. Evaluate and compare systems software and emerging technologies; and
  • Use appropriate resources to stay abreast of the latest industry tools and techniques analyzing the impact on existing systems and applying to future situations.

 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(7 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)

ENG 101 College Composition I (one 3-credit course)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (one 3-credit course)

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(23 credits)

CSC 113 Intro to Linux/Unix Operating System (4 credits)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 introduction to Computer and Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 137 Intro to Programming in Java (4 credits)
CSC 214 Computer Networks II (4 credits)
CSC 253 Intro to System and Cloud Administration (4 credits)

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated CSC is C. If you earn a grade below C, you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

First Semester
CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (3 credits)
CSC 137 Intro to Programming in Java (4 credits)
CSC 113 Intro to Linux/ Unix Operating System or Approved Technical Course
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CSC 116 Introduction to Computer and Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 214 Computer Networks II (4 credits)
CSC 253 Intro to System and Cloud Administration (4 credits)

 

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