Network and Systems Administration

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration program provides students with a solid, hands-on skill set of computer, networking, and internetworking systems technology principles and desktop support. Students gain an understanding of the interaction between microcomputer software and hardware, network and internetworking operating systems software and hardware, local area network administration and management, the use of troubleshooting techniques, troubleshooting hardware and software tools, as well as interpersonal/customer service skills. Students have the opportunity to specialize in specific information technology areas based on their interests and professional goals and leading to industry recognized certifications through an embedded Certificate of Completion (CCL) including, but not limited to, Desktop (Desktop Support, Computer System Configuration and Support, Computer System Configuration and Support, Network, Computer System Configuration and Support, Security, Computer System Configuration and Support, Linux), Cisco (Cisco Network CCNA, Cisco Network CCNP, Cisco Network CCNA Security), Linux (Red Hat Linux Engineer, Linux Associate, Red Hat Linux Administrator, Linux System Administration), Microsoft (Microsoft System Administration, Microsoft Desktop Associate), and VMware (VMware Network Administrator, VMware Foundations, VMware System Administrator). Graduates may pursue employment in a variety of information technology environments and/or transfer to a university.

Details

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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Network and Systems Administration (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3189
Total Credits Required
60-71
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

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

  1. Update hardware and software as needed to maintain fully functional systems.
  2. Apply knowledge of operating systems to manage system hardware, security protocols, and software technologies.
  3. Design, maintain, and revise systems to meet desired specifications.
  4. Manage administrative access and user security policies within systems.
  5. Organize and prioritize workload to ensure successful completion of projects.
  6. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision-making and actions.
  7. Continuously adapt to an ever-changing technical environment.
  8. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  9. Apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving to configure and troubleshoot systems to ensure proper operation.
  10. Utilize effective written and oral communication with multiple stakeholders in formal and informal settings.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to work with others individually and as a team.
  12. Create and maintain proper documentation of design, implementation, validation, workflow processes, troubleshooting, and revisions of systems.
  13. Maintain, update, and monitor networks and computer systems using automation and scripting.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree 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 and Information Systems Managers

$135,910

Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers

$39,010

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$79,800

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

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Part-time Sequence

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Restricted Electives

Students are to select enough Restricted Elective credits to meet a minimum of 60 credits from any of the areas below excluding courses required for their emphasis. Consult with an Academic, Program, or Faculty Advisor to pick courses that align with your career goals

 

Cisco Electives

CNT140AB Introduction to Networks 4
CNT150AB Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials 4
CNT160AB Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 4
CNT171 CCNA Exam Prep 1

 
CNT202 Cisco Secure Firewall Appliance Configuration 4 OR
CNT205 Cisco Certified Network Associate Security 4

 
CNT206 Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless 4
 


Linux Electives

CIS238DL Linux System Administration 3 OR
CIS238RH Red Hat System Administration II 3

 
CIS239DL Linux Shell Scripting 3
 
CIS240DL Linux Network Administration 3 OR
CIS240RH Red Hat Systems Administration III 3

 
CIS275DL Linux Capstone 3
 


Microsoft Electives

MST+++++ Any MST Microsoft Technology course
CIS121AB Microsoft Command Line Operations 1
CIS121AH Microsoft PowerShell/Command Line Operations 3

 


Security Electives

CIS270 Essentials of Network and Information Security 3
CIS271DB Information Security Essentials 3
CIS272DB Information Security Principles 3
ITS110 Information Security Fundamentals 3

 


VMware Electives

CIS189 Virtualization and IT Solutions for Digital Businesses 3
CIS197 VMware ESXI Server Enterprise 3
CIS198 VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale 3
CIS200 VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage 3

 


Other Information Technology Electives

BPC171 Recycling Used Computer Technology 1-3
CIS111 Ethics in Information Technology 3
CIS124AA Project Management Software: Level I 1
CIS124BA Project Management Software: Level II 1
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
CIS190 Introduction to Networking 3
CIS224 Project Management Microsoft Project for Windows 3
CIS240 Local Area Network Planning and Design 3
CIS250 Management of Information Systems 3
CIS266 Network Integration Capstone 4
CIS290++ Computer Information Systems Internship 1-3
ITS120 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues 3
CIS290AA Computer Information Systems Internship 1
CIS290AB Computer Information Systems Internship 2
CIS290AC Computer Information Systems Internship 3
CIS296WB Cooperative Education 2
CIS296WC Cooperative Education 3
CIS298AA Special Projects 1
CIS298AB Special Projects 2
CIS298AC Special Projects 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required 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 Network and Systems Administration (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=153902).


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