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Cybersecurity - Secure Systems Administration and Engineering Program

Secure Systems Administration Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(es):
MCC-Blue River
Some courses may be taken at other campuses

Program Coordination: Brian Hurley, Cybersecurity Program Coordinator

CSIS 110 - Information Technology Fundamentals - 3.00 credits

Introduces Information Technology vocabulary and fundamentals related to computer hardware, software, networking, security, and basic IT literacy. This course helps prepare students for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam.

CSIS 111 - Computer Hardware, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CSIS 110 with a grade of C or better. This course introduces the student to maintenance, upgrading, setup, and expansion of personal computer hardware. Students will explore microcomputer architecture, functions, and components as well as methods and procedures for installation, troubleshooting, and modifications of computer systems. This course helps students prepare for the first of two tests required for the current CompTIA A+ Certification.

CSIS 112 - Introduction to Networks CCNA 1 - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: CSIS 110. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. Labs use a ¿model Internet¿ to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. Packet Tracer (PT) activities help students analyze protocol and network operation and build small networks in a simulated environment. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes.

CSIS 113 - Routing and Switching Essentials CCNA 2 - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: CSIS 112. This course describes the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of the course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students complete hands-on labs, virtual labs and interactive media activities. These labs and other activities reinforce new concepts and allow students to model and analyze routing and switching processes that may be difficult to visualize or understand.

CSIS 115 - Computer Concepts and Applications - 3.00 credits

This course provides basic technology skills needed for success in college-level coursework and career preparation. Topics include file management on local, network and cloud-based storage media. Additional topics include word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software as well as navigation of web-based information, data security and personal information assurance. Test out option available upon request.

CSIS 151 - Microsoft Operating System Concepts - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CSIS 110 with a grade of C or better. This course introduces students to the concepts, features, and important functions of an operating system. Students will install and configure the Microsoft Windows Operating System (OS). Students will use a variety of tools and techniques to explore post-installation and ongoing maintenance activities such as updating, securing, optimizing, monitoring, and troubleshooting a Windows OS. Students will also explore environmental and safety concepts, as well as professionalism and customer service. This course helps students prepare for the second of two tests required for the current CompTIA A+ Certification.

CSIS 161 - Networking Fundamentals - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CSIS 110. This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network wireless and wired devices, establish basic network design and connectivity, understand and maintain network documentation, identify network limitations and weaknesses, and implement network security, standards, and protocols. Students will also explore emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies. This course helps prepare students for the current CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CSIS 170 - Principles of Information Security - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: CSIS 110 with a grade of C or better. This course introduces the field of information security and assesses the information security environment within which organizations function.