Computer Networking

Computer Networking I is a skill-level course designed to provide students with the skills needed to setup, configure, test, troubleshoot, maintain, and administer a data network using various network operating systems such as Windows and Linux.  Instruction will include network planning decisions, such as choosing an appropriate network configuration, determining the performance level requirements considering the differences among operating systems, and recommending network interface cards and cabling.  Students will also learn how to setup and manage file systems and resources, and network topologies, protocols, and system utilities to efficiently run software applications on a network.  Students will learn to use basic operating system commands, install and configure networks, set up user accounts and rights, and establish user security and permissions. 
*This course has been dual credited with Heartland Community College.

Computer Networking II is a skill-level course for students who have completed Computer Networking I.  Students will continue to learn skills to set up, configure, test, troubleshoot, maintain, and administer a data network using various network operating systems such as Windows and Linux.  Students will learn to use troubleshooting services, system monitoring utilities, and data backup and recovery systems.  Instruction will include setting up and configuring various network services such as TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, VPN, terminal services, e-mail, content filtering, and web services.  Students will learn techniques to secure and protect network servers and data.  Students will be introduced to some basic concepts regarding web server configuration.  Students will also learn to use standard software tools to determine system vulnerabilities and correct these vulnerabilities by reconfiguring the operating system.  Students will diagnose network problems using public domain network sniffers such as Ethereal.  Instruction will include setting up and configuring a firewall, intrusion detection system, and encryption software for identifying and preventing potential network attacks.
*This course has been dual credited with Heartland Community College.

Certification Opportunities

  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate)

Teacher Certification

Doug Masching

M.S. University of St. Francis

B.S. Illinois State University

  • CCNA – CISCO Certified Networking Associate
  • MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional

 

Competitions

  • SkillsUSA Internetworking

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Heartland College Technology Tour
  • Heartland College Interactive Technology Lab
  • State Farm High School Internship Program
  • Roadtrip Nation – Heartland College Credit