Orientation to IT Professions

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 101

       Course Name: Orientation to IT Professions

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the field of Information Technology.
  2. Describe the major areas of knowledge and skills of the Information Technology professionals.
  3. Describe the information technology applications covered by these professional certifications: CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA), and Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP).
  4. Identify the key competencies of Information Technology professionals who have achieved CompTIA certification.
  5. Identify the key competencies of Information Technology professionals who have achieved Cisco certification.
  6. Identify the key competencies of Information Technology professionals who have achieved Microsoft certification.
  7. Identify the key competencies of Information Technology professionals who have achieved the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification.
  8. Identify the key competencies of Information Technology professionals who have achieved Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) certification.
  9. Identify and describe the different type of certifications

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Identifying the field of IT
  2. Describing the benefits of IT certifications
    1. Requirements for certification
    2. Training standardization
    3. Quality assurance in teaching and learning
  3. Describing the different type of certifications
    1. CompTIA
    2. Cisco
    3. Microsoft
    4. CWNA
    5. CWSP

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experimentation, audio-visual aids and regularly assigned homework.  Computers will be used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course practices include attending class, completing homework assignments, participating in discussions and taking quizzes and exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The most recent textbook on virtualization technologies and instructor-provided notes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods can include grading homework, chapter or major tests, quizzes, individual or small group projects and a final exam.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.