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Please Note: Courses effective Fall 2017; for earlier terms, please contact enrollment services for the appropriate class schedule.

This a list of all courses the College can offer; the College does not offer all courses every semester. For the current semester's courses, go to the class schedule. The class schedule provides more complete information, including course description, instructor, course fee, and textbook required.

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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 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 introduces the technologies, terminology, and skills used in the world of data networking. Emphasis is on practical applications of networking and computer technology to real-world problems. Students gain the knowledge necessary to design and install a local area network. Topics include network hardware and software requirements, and network architecture. Recommended: CIS 101 or CIS 103 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS107 - Internet Protocol Internetworking
Course is an overview of internet protocol (IP) addressing in data communication. Course is designed to develop the essential skills needed to effectively work with IP addressing. Emphasis is on the binary conversions, AND operation, subdividing, prefix, and variable length prefix.Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 2)

CNS110 - Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System
Course presents most recent release of Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System (OS). Topics include knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows OS desktops and devices in a corporate Windows Server domain environment. The skills that this course details include learning how to install and customize Windows operating systems and apps, and configure local and remote network connectivity and storage. Students also will learn how to configure security for data, devices, and networks, and maintain, update, and recover Windows OS. Course maps to Implementing and Managing Windows 10.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 presents part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on the initial implementation and configuration of core services, such as Networking, Storage, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Group Policy, File and Print Services, and Hyper-V. Course maps to Microsoft Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.Recommended: CNS 110 or CompTIA 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 part two in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments. Course maps to Microsoft Administering Windows Server 2012.Recommended: CNS 111 or consent of the instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS116 - Microsoft Implementing and Maintaining Windows Network Infrastructure
Course presents part three in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Network Load Balancing (NLB), Failover Clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery services as well as access and information provisioning and protection technologies such as Dynamic Access Control (DAC), and Web Application Proxy integration with AD FS and Workplace Join. Course maps to Microsoft Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services.Recommended: CNS 114 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 presents part two in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement a Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. This course covers the knowledge and skills to plan and implement a highly available, secure infrastructure with focus on Active Directory® Federation Service (AD FS), public key infrastructure (PKI), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). Students will also learn the skills needed to plan and deploy virtual machines including self-service and automation of virtual machine deployments as well as planning and implementing a monitoring strategy that includes Microsoft® System Center 2012 R2-Operations Manager. Course maps to Microsoft Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure.Recommend: CNS 117 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $40

CNS140 - 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

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

CNS150 - Microsoft Windows Desktop Technician
Course presents most recent release of Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System (OS). Topics include knowledge and skills required to deploy and manage Windows 10 desktops, devices, and applications in an enterprise environment. Students learn how to plan and implement Windows 10 deployments in large organizations. Students also learn how to manage the Windows 10 installations after deployment to provide secure identity and data access using technologies related to Group Policy, Remote Access, and Workplace Join. Course maps to Microsoft Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services course.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

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

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

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

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

CNS228 - Linux Administration
Course offers instruction in installation, support, and administration of a LINUX operating system in both server and workstation configurations. Content includes LINUX and Web server installation, system startup/shutdown, hardware configuration, disk and file system structure, package management, TCP/IP networking, system management and security, X-Windows usage and configuration, user management, LINUX printing, system performance measurement and tuning, LINUX Kernel “hacking,” and LINUX utilities. Credit cannot be received in both CIS 228 and CNS 228.Recommended: CIS 218 and CNS 105 or comparable knowledge.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

CNS238 - Linux Network Services Administration
Course covers LINUX network services and administration using the 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 for both CIS 238 and CNS 238. Recommended: CIS 228 or CNS 228 or comparable knowledge or consent of instructor or program coordinator
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 1)
Fee: $10

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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