Computers: Network and System Administration, A.A.S.

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STEM

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

Information technology continues to grow day by day, and you can take advantage of the many opportunities in this field through Iowa Western's Network and System Administration program. Here you'll learn how to install, maintain, and administer network operating systems. Training in the installation and maintenance of hardware and software for servers and desktops is also offered.

As you work toward an Associate of Applied Science degree, you'll learn from Microsoft and Cisco certified instructors while using the most up-to-date equipment. Hands-on labs provide an ideal learning environment. Not all program courses are offered on-line or every year. This program will prepare you for entry as a help desk expert, system administrator, or data center technician.

With 100 percent job placement, this program sends graduates to such large companies as Con Agra, Qwest, First National Bank, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific, and First Data. So if you enjoy problem solving and working in teams, this program is a perfect fit.

Job Outlook

9,241 Jobs (2020)

+2.7% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to enter the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. Network and system administrators implement and maintain interconnected computer systems. They manage local-area networks, wide-area networks, Internet and intranet connections, and other business-critical networks. They also ensure necessary hardware is in working order and secure. Network administrators are also involved in the design of systems, including needs analysis, business evaluations, development, and security. Graduates of this program are eligible for entry-level position as a technician or support employee.

Network administrators are in a strong position in this economy. As computer networks become a more and more important part of business and communications, there’s a vast need in a wide variety of industries for professionals who can install, upgrade, and maintain these systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are due to increase by 27% between 2006 and 2016.

Wages

  • Entry: $24.61
  • Average: $36.14
  • Experienced: $74.53

Career Examples

  • Java Developers
  • System Administrators
  • Network Engineers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Help Desk Specialists
  • Security Engineers
  • IT Support Analysts
  • Support Specialists

First Semester

CSC 114 - Introduction to Information Technology 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 207 - Fundamentals of Web Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 127 - Introduction to Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 121 - Operating Systems 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 142 - Network Essentials 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Second Semester

CIS 332 - Database and SQL 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 790 - PC Support I 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 213 - Cisco Networking 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 313 - Windows Server 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 418 - LINUX Administration 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Third Semester

NET 495 - Virtual Infrastructure 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 225 - Routing & Switching Essentials 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 343 - Windows Directory Services 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 612 - Fundamentals of Network Security 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 795 - Desktop Support Practicum 1.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1May substitute MAT 102 or higher 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 19.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

NET 226 - Scaling Networks 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 227 - Connecting Networks 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 780 - Computer Projects 3.0 - 6.0 Credit(s)
NET 810 - Computer Internship 1.0 - 8.0 Credit(s)
  • Social Science/Humanities Elective 3.0 Credit(s)
  • ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 18.0 - 21.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 73.0

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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills.
    • Analyze network traffic.
    • Demonstrate troubleshooting and problem solving skills with systems and network.
    • Construct a computer network.
    • Design, create and maintain a relational database.
    • Install PC systems.
    • Effectively interact with users.
    • Administer and maintain computer networks.
    • Design a secure network.
    • Evaluate systems and project management.

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