Microsoft Designing Security for Windows Network

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 203

       Course Name: Microsoft Designing Security for Windows Network

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 120 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan a framework for network security.
  2. Identify threats to network security.
  3. Analyze security risks.
  4. Design security for physical resources and for computers.
  5. Test security for accounts and for authentication.
  6. Manage security for data and for data transmission.
  7. Modify security for network perimeters.
  8. Test and analyze an incident response procedure.
  9. Design an acceptable use policy.
  10. Optimize policies for managing networks.
  11. Create an operations framework for managing security.

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. Introduction to Designing Security
  2. Creating a Plan for Network Security
  3. Identifying Threats to Network Security
  4. Analyzing Security Risks
  5. Creating a Security Design for Physical Resources
  6. Creating a Security Design for Computers, Accounts, and Authentication
  7. Creating a Security Design for Data, and for Data Transmission
  8. Creating a Security Design for Network Perimeters
  9. Designing Responses to Security Incidents
  10. Designing an Acceptable Use Policy
  11. Designing Policies for Managing Networks
  12. Designing an Operations Framework to Manage Security

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class exercises, class discussion, hands-on lab exercises.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read course materials – textbook, and Self-Test
  • Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
  • Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.
  • Complete LAN projects.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  • Textbook and Lab book: Microsoft Official Curriculum for Windows
  • Current Self-Test Software
  • Software manuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes, examinations, completion of lab assignments, exercises; and several Local Area Networks (LAN) projects.

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

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.