The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology: Cisco Networking program focuses on the skills needed to prepare for industry-recognized certifications with an emphasis on certifications at the professional-level. Knowledge and skills are developed to install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot Cisco routers and components, advanced routing protocols, Local Area Networks (LANs), and Wide Area Networks (WANs); troubleshoot problems with various common hardware and software configurations; perform administrative tasks in a network. Courses in the program also focus on the skills needed to prepare for various Cisco certifications including the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Network Professional Certifications (CCNP). A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Describe the layers of the OSI Model.
- Calculate IP subnets and subnet masks.
- Demonstrate knowledge of network terminology and protocols, communication fundaments in Data networks and the Internet. Includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, customize, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco routers utilizing Advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques, Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM), distance vectored and Link State dynamic routing protocols, Routing Internet Protocol version 1 (RIPv1) and version 2 (RIPv2), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Single-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), and understanding the structure and behavior of routing tables.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design and implement a converged switched network including switch configuration for basic functionality, implementing Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network and implementing a Wireless LAN (WLAN).
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to connect, configure, and troubleshoot TCP/IP protocols including Network Address Translation (NAT), Port Address Translation (PAT), and Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP); and Wide Area Network (WAN) link topologies using Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Dial on Demand Routing (DDR), and Frame Relay.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design a security policy and then manage, configure and troubleshoot it using Cisco Networking security solutions including Access Control Lists (ACL), Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA), Virtual Private Network (VPN), and firewalls.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to connect, configure and troubleshoot wireless networking topologies using standardized LAN connectivity (including 802.11a & 802.11b), and WLAN Security.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot Advanced Routing/Switching or Cisco Voice over IP (VoIP) or Advanced Security.
- Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills to use the Linux operating system including file and directory systems, file and directory permissions, text editors, file processing, and basic shell programming.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot day-to-day administrative tasks in a Microsoft Windows-based environment.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to set up hardware, software and complete basic troubleshooting of PC hardware and software.
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Computer Network Support Specialists
Information Security Analysts
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|CIS105||Survey of Computer Information Systems||Or Permission of the Program Director||PP||3|
|CNT140AA||Introduction to Networks||Offered in 8 week format||RC||4|
|CNT150AA||Cisco - Routing and Switching Essentials||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT140AA or permission of Instructor.||Offered in 8 week format||RC||4|
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|Social Behavioral||Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.||SB||3|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||Or equivalent as indicated by assessment||FYC||3|
|MAT120 or |
|Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra/Functions||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of B or better in MAT09+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT095, or MAT096, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement for MAT15+, OR permission of Department/Division Chair.||MA||3–5|
|CNT160AA||Scaling Networks||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT150AA, or permission of Instructor.||Offered in 8 week format||RC||4|
|CNT170AA||Cisco - Connecting Networks||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CNT160AA, or permission of Instructor.||Offered in 8 week format||RC||4|
|Humanities, Arts and Design||Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area||HU||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor).||CR||3|
|CNT200++++||200-level CNT Cisco Network Technology courses||RC|
|Oral Communication||Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.||COM||3|
|BPC170||A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CIS105 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|CIS126DL||Linux Operating System||RC||3|
|CNT200++++||200-level CNT Cisco Network Technology courses||RC|
|Natural Science||Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area||NS||4|
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology: Cisco Networking (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=83332).
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