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Please Note: Courses effective Fall 2014; for earlier terms, please refer to the appropriate class schedule.

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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Computer Networking & Systems

CNS101 - Orientation to IT Professions
Course enables students to analyze the field of Information Technology. Topics include a survey of the IT professions, employment skills, definitions, associations, current issues, salaries, and self-assessment survey of skills and competencies. Students are required to attend a local meeting of a professional association related to the field.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

CNS105 - Networking Essentials
Course presents the fundamentals of electronic data communications with emphasis on local area networks. Students gain the knowledge necessary to design and install a local area network. Students are introduced to the terminology and concepts of electronic communications systems including the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) model. Topics include network hardware andsoftware requirements, information structures, transmission protocols and network architecture.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS110 - Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System
Course presents most recent release of Windows. Topics include knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System (OS) software on stand-alone and client computers in workgroup or domain. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.Recommended: CNS 105 or knowledge of the fundamentals of current networking technology, or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS111 - Microsoft Windows Server Operating System
Course provides knowledge and skills to install and configure a Windows Server Local Area Network (LAN). Focus is on most recent release of Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 110 or CompTIA A+ or Network+ certifications; or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS114 - Microsoft Managing a Windows Server Operating System
Course presents challenges faced in managing and supporting Microsoft Windows Network, to network professional. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified InformationTechnology Professional (MCITP) and/or a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS116 - Microsoft Implementing and Maintaining Windows Network Infrastructure
Course provides knowledge and hands-on skill training necessary to implement, configure, manage, and maintain Windows-based computer to operate in a Microsoft Windows Server network infrastructure. Intended for candidates pursuing systems administrator and systems engineer track, or who are responsible for implementing, managing, and maintaining server networkingtechnologies. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS117 - Microsoft Planning and Optimizing Windows Network Infrastructure
Course provides knowledge and skills to plan and maintain Microsoft Windows Server network infrastructure. Intended for candidates pursuing systems administrator and systems engineer track, or for candidates currently supportingcompetitive platform who want to enhance job skills on Microsoft Windows Server networking technologies. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information TechnologyProfessional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 116 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS120 - Microsoft Planning, Implementing and Maintaining Windows Active Directory
Course provides knowledge and skills to successfully plan, implement, and troubleshoot Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory service infrastructure.Appropriate for individuals currently supporting competitive platform and wanting to enhance skills using Windows Server Active Directory. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft CertifiedTechnology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 117 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS130 - Novell Administration
Course provides hands-on instruction in administration of local area network (LAN). Topics include current version of the Novell NetWare operating system software; network administration, security, managing user accounts, backup and printing. Recommended: CNS 105 (formerly LAN 105) or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS132 - Novell Design and Implementation
Course provides hands-on skill development needed to create NDS design and implementation strategy. Intended for network administrators. Topics include completing design strategy and implementation using templates, which can be re-use to create design for workplaces; strategies and schedules used to complete NetWare implementation. Recommended: CNS 130 (formerly LAN 160) or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS134 - Novell Advanced Administration
Course continues CNS 130, (formerly LAN 160) Provides hands-on instruction in advanced topics related to configuration and administration of local area network (LAN) using current version of the Novell NetWare operating system software. Topics include upgrading versions and services, installation, managing directory, network backup, internet utilities, server management, and remote access. Recommended: CNS 130 (formerly LAN 160) or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 4; lab: 0)
Fee: $40

CNS136 - Novell Service and Support
Course presents hardware technology of network systems. Topics include requirements and applications of communication networks; identification of components of a local area network system; hardware topologies and connections of hybrid networks Focus is on hardware design, installation, management, customization and troubleshooting. Recommended: CNS 134 (formerly LAN 260) or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS140 - Cisco Network Infrastructure Essentials
Course examines physical aspects of voice and data network cabling and installation. Topics include overview of industry and worldwide standards; types of media and cabling; physical and logical networks, as well as signal transmission. Focus of hands-on, lab-oriented course is documentation, design and installation issues, laboratory safety, on-the-job safety, and workingeffectively in group environments. Course helps prepare for BICSI Registered Certified Installer, Level 1 exam. Students cannot receive credit for both ELT 105 and CNS 140.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS141 - Cisco Introduction to Networks
Course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Content includes the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations. Students will build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. Course presents most recent release of the Cisco curriculum. This is the first course in the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching sequence of four courses.Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator, or program chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS142 - Cisco Routing and Switching Essentials
Course covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Content includes how to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for basic functionality. Students will learn to resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This is the second course in the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching sequence of four coursesPrerequisite: CNS 141 (formerly CNA 111); a passing grade must be registered on the Cisco Assessment Server.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS143 - Cisco Scaling Networks
Course covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex network. Content includes how to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches for advanced functionality. Students learn to 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. Course presents most recent release of the Cisco curriculum. This is the third course in the Cisco Routing and Switching sequence of four courses. Prerequisite: CNS 142 (formerly CNA 112); passing grade must be registeredon the Cisco Assessment Server.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS144 - Cisco Connecting Networks
Course focuses on the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. Content includes the selection criteria for network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. Course presents most recent release of the Cisco curriculum. This is the last course in the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching sequence of four courses. Prerequisite: CNS 143 (formerly CNA 113); a passing grade must be registered on the Cisco Assessment Server.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS145 - Cisco Fundamentals of Wireless Networking
Course prepares students to achieve the Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist Designation. Focus is on design, planning, implementation, operation and troubleshooting of wireless LANs. Prerequisite: CNS 142 (formerly CNA 112) orconsent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS146 - Health Information Networking
Course equips students with knowledge and skills that can be applied toward entry level specialist careers in healthcare networking. Topics include: basic information on healthcare settings; principles of security and privacy in healthcare; fundamentals of information technology in healthcare; fundamentals of electronic health record (EHR) systems; basic information on medical practice workflows and how to adjust workflows for electronic medical record implementations; designing a network to support a medical group; securing a network for a medical group; and troubleshooting a network for a medical group.Prerequisite: CNS 141 and CNS 142; CNS 143 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.Recommended: General attitude or disposition toward a program of study and career in internetworking in a healthcare setting.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS147 - Fundamentals of VoIP - Cisco Call Manager Express
Course introduces VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Content includes fundamental concepts of hardware and software as applied to telephony systems in a business environment; VoIP Basics, protocols, standard features, equipment, installing hardware and software. IP phones and Cisco CME (call manager express) will be used in a lab environment.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS150 - Microsoft Windows Desktop Technician
Course provides knowledge and skills necessary to troubleshoot basic problems end users will face while running Microsoft Windows Desktop in an Active Directory® network environment, or workgroup environment related to configuring and maintaining applications such as Microsoft Office, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer and other applications that run on a Microsoft WindowsDesktop Operating System. Intended for students who are new to Microsoft Windows Desktop software. Focus is on most recent release of Microsoft Windows Desktop software. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional(MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 110 or consent of instructor, coordinator, or program chair.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS152 - Data Media Infrastructure Fundamentals for IT Professionals
Course presents fundamentals of media infrastructure for an enterprise network. Topics include the necessary knowledge to specify a premise structured cabling system for a company. Standards from the TIA, ISO and the IEEE will be examined. Best practices for designing and maintaining a structured cabling system will be examined. The course will end with a discussion of trends in data media infrastructure. This course will provide students, with the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pursue the Registered Information Transport Professional (RITP) Certification. Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS155 - Business Desktop Deployment
Course provides knowledge and skills to successfully deploy Microsoft Windows business desktop operating systems and applications throughout a business enterprise. Course also introduces the deployment life cycle, which consists of planning for the deployment, building and customizing the deployment method, and then implementing the actual deployment. Course covers the most recentrelease of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft CertifiedTechnology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS160 - Fundamentals of Virtualization Technologies
Course presents the fundamentals of virtualization technology using the latest virtualization products in networked server environments. Students gain the knowledge necessary to install virtual networks, implement high-availability clusters, and enhance performance and security and build the skills necessary for the understanding of virtualization. Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS165 - Fundamentals of Cellular Technologies
Course presents the fundamentals of cellular technologies for emerging markets: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE and Beyond. Recommend CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS170 - Principles of Information Security
Course presents balance between security management and technical components of security. Focus is on Security Systems Development Life Cycle (SecSDLC). Topics include structured methodology as supportive framework to guide students through examination of components of information domain of Information Security Network; preparation for appropriate Network or Information Security Certification examinations.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS171 - Hardening Network Security
Course provides students with the technical knowledge and skills in scripting required for “tighten down” security in computer network and systems. Course includes practical knowledge and step-by-step directions for securing a diverse network with multiple devices and operating systems. This course also assist students in preparing for the appropriate Network or Information Security Certification examinations. Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator, or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS172 - Network Defense and Countermeasures
Course provides students with the knowledge and concepts needed for protecting computers and networks. The course covers intrusion detection, develop a security policy, implement Network Address Translation (NAT) and packet filtering by installing proxy servers, firewalls, and virtual private network (VPNs). The course also assists students in preparation for the appropriate Network or Information Security Certification examinations. Recommended: CNS 111 orconsent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS174 - Introduction to Computer Forensics
Course provides students with the knowledge and solid foundation by introducing Computer Forensics as an entry into the professional field of Computer Forensics and investigation. The course covers current and past Operating Systems anda range of computer hardware and forensics software tools. The course also assists students in preparing for the appropriate Network or Information Security Certification examinations. Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor,coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS176 - Security+ Certification
Course provides knowledge necessary to understand core concepts of the threats to a computing infrastructure. Content includes securing a network infrastructure; understanding encryption technologies; securing communications and applications; responding to incidents; creating and maintaining a secure network infrastructure. Course prepares students to become certified in Security+ Certification examination administered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Recommend: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator, or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS181 - Implementing Cisco Network Security
Course provides the knowledge and hands-on skills required to install, troubleshoot, and monitor Cisco security network devices. Students who complete this course will be prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Security Certification exam.Prerequisite: CNS 144 with a minimum grade of C or CCNA Certification or consent of instructor
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 2)
Fee: $40

CNS190 - Microsoft Windows Command Line Administration
Course concentrates on Command Line support for the character based interface used to manage Windows Server that boasts a vast range of functions, commands and applications, using intermediate and advanced tools. Topics include knowledge and skills necessary to administer Microsoft Windows Server and Workstation in a variety of environments from the Command Line. Focus is on the most recent release of Windows.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS195 - TCP/IP Packet Analysis
This course covers creating, administering and maintaining an information system with TCP/IP protocol (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) and utilities on computer networks, which is the basic provision of Internet services.Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS201 - Microsoft Designing a Windows Active Directory Infrastructure
Course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design ActiveDirectory forests, domain infrastructure, sites and replication, administrative structures, group policies, and Public Key Infrastructures for a Microsoft Windows Server environment. Emphasis is on how to design for security, high availability, disaster recovery, and migrations. Focus is on the most recent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.Recommended: CNS 120 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS203 - Microsoft Designing Security for a Windows Network
Course provides knowledge and skills to design a secure network infrastructure. Topics include assembling design team, modeling threats, and analyzing security risks in order to meet business requirements for securing computers in a networked environment. Focus is on most recent release of Window. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Recommended: CNS 120 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS207 - Microsoft Installing, Configuring and Administering SQL Server
Course provides knowledge and skills required to install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot client-server database management system of Microsoft SQL Server. Focus is on most recent release of Windows. Course covers the mostrecent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications and is a core examination in the Microsoft Database Administration (MCDBA) curriculum. Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS209 - Microsoft Implementing & Managing Exchange Server
Course provides knowledge and skills to update and support a reliable, secure messaging infrastructure, which is used for creating, storing, and sharing information by using Microsoft Exchange Server. Focus is on most recent release of Windows. ). Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications.Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS210 - Microsoft Deploying and Managing Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA)
Course provides knowledge and skills to deploy and manage Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server in an enterprise environment. Intended for Web administrators, network administrators, and security administrators.Course also offers information necessary to pass Microsoft Certification examination. Recommended: CNS 117 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS211 - Microsoft Creating and Maintaining Web Server Using IIS
Course provides knowledge and skills to deploy and manage Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server by configuring IIS using Internet Service Manager; establishing WWW, SMPTP, FTP, and NNTP services; implementing Secure Sockets Layer 3.0; authenticating a Web site; and adding visual servers and directories. Course also offers information necessary to pass Microsoft Certification examination. Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS220 - Microsoft Designing a Windows Networking Infrastructure
Course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design a Windows Network infrastructure for a Microsoft Windows Server environment. It covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows to prepare students for the MicrosoftCertified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification. Recommended: CNS 201, CNS 211 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS238 - UNIX Network Services Administration
Course covers UNIX network services and administration using LINUX Operating System. Content includes: network technology and terms; TCP/IP installation and configuration; network hardware installation; secure INETD “super daemon” installation and TCPD wrappers; configuration of network services - Domain Name Services (DNS); DHCP; Apache (Web server); SMTP/SENDMAIL; File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server; Network File Server (NFS); SAMBA (Windows Network Server); Secure Shell (SSH); Secure Socket Layer; firewalls and packet filters; and packet sniffers and intrusion detections systems. Credit cannot be received in both CNS 238 and CIS 238. Recommended: CIS 228 or comparableexperience or consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS251 - Internship Experience
Course consists of direct work experience, minimum ten hours per week in computer networking related environment in an approved Corporation or Business. Topics include applying previously learned computer-networking skills and knowledge to daily work activities; working closely with the CNS instructor; meeting frequently in classroom or online to integrate work experience with course activities. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 15 credits in CNS with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of instructor, department coordinator, or program chair. Recommended: Completion of a minimum of 15credits in CNS or LAN* with a grade of C or better in each course and consent of instructor, coordinator or department chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 10)
Fee: $50

CNS290 - Topics in Computer Networking and Systems
Course covers variety of different topics current with technological advances in computer networking and systems/LAN. Topics identified for each section of course. Course may be repeated up to three times with different topics. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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