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Information Technology: Cisco Networking

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.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3095
Total Credits Required
63-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe the layers of the OSI Model.
  2. Calculate IP subnets and subnet masks.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of network terminology and protocols, communication fundaments in Data networks and the Internet. Includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot Advanced Routing/Switching or Cisco Voice over IP (VoIP) or Advanced Security.
  10. 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.
  11. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, and troubleshoot day-to-day administrative tasks in a Microsoft Windows-based environment.
  12. Demonstrate the knowledge and skill to set up hardware, software and complete basic troubleshooting of PC hardware and software.
Admission Criteria

None

Course Sequence by Term

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 Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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 Offered in 8 week format RC 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Social Behavioral Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area. SB 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Or equivalent as indicated by assessment FYC 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122 or
MAT151
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra/Functions MA 3–5
CNT160AA Scaling Networks Offered in 8 week format RC 4
CNT170AA Cisco - Connecting Networks 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

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 3
CNT200++++ 200-level CNT Cisco Network Technology courses RC
MST150++ MST150 Module RC
Oral Communication Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. COM 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC170 A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 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
Course Area Key
Disclaimer

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 curriculum 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).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019