Academic Certificate in Computer and Network Support

Division of Mathematics, 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 emphasizes 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 information technology (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 program completion, a student will obtain knowledge and techniques demanded by the information technology industry. Successful completion helps prepare students for numerous computer-related certificate exams and 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 Computer and Network Support certificate program is  career oriented. Courses completed as part of this academic certificate program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Division academic advisor (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 coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. Part-time students can complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Describe and analyze the hardware and software, components 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, which may involve 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;
  • Manage multiple operating systems, systems software, network services, and security; and
  • Evaluate and compare systems software and emerging technologies.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (3 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

CSC 113 Introduction to Linux/Unix Operating System (4 credits)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 Introduction to Computer & Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 137 Introduction to Programming in Java (4 credits)
CSC 214 Computer Networks II (4 credits)
CSC 253 Introduction 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.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

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

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


 

NOTES:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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