Information Technology Management Diploma—Computer Information Technology Specialization

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Computer Information Technology Diploma Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Customer Service
  • Introduction to Business
  • Professional Communication
  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Career Development
  • Logic and Troubleshooting
  • Networking Security
  • Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I
  • Fundamentals of Hardware and Software II
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Systems Analysis
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Information Technology Capstone
  • Programming Fundamentals

This course covers the basic concepts of essential communication skills needed in business to interact/work effectively with individuals and/or groups. Special areas of emphasis include solving problems, developing a customer service strategy, coping with challenging customers, increasing customer retention and surveying customer satisfaction.

Prerequisite:Theoretical Approaches to Service Delivery

Course ID: B119
Credits: 4


This course is a study of the characteristics and functions of business in a free enterprise environment and how business impacts the economy in which we live. Characteristics studied may include opportunities, organizations, management, marketing, analysis and any other activities related to general ownership and operation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: B136
Credits: 4


This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Course ID: B271
Credits: 4


This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: D132
Credits: 3


This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


This course provides students a strong base of Critical Thinking and troubleshooting methodologies for assessing situations and applying logical reasoning to various scenarios. The materials contained within this course will assist in building the students ability to form reasonable hypotheses for solving problems of a technical nature.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: N140
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to general security concepts including authentication methods, cryptography basics, and common network attacks and how to safeguard against them. Students will learn to create secure communications for remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. They will understand the concepts of physical security and disaster recovery. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take the CompTIA Security+ exam.

Prerequisite:Networking Fundamentals

Course ID: N141
Credits: 3


This course will introduce students to the installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of end-user personal computer hardware (including laptops and mobile devices) and the software used to support the hardware. Additional topics covered include the relationship between computer hardware and software, computer networks and peripherals, virus \nprotection, disaster recovery and maintenance planning. Finally, the student will learn about and conduct the responsibilities of a professional PC technician. To reinforce the materials in this course, the instructor will assign direct hands-on projects to be performed in a physical or remote lab setting. This course helps prepare students to take both parts of the A+ certification exams. Each student will assemble a computer using prescribed parts and materials.

Prerequisite:Logic and Troubleshooting

Course ID: N146
Credits: 3


This course is a continuation of Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I, which prepared students for the CompTIA A+ 801 exam. This course will prepare students for the CompTIA A+ 220-802 exam, focusing on operating systems, security, mobile devices, and troubleshooting. Using the Windows operating system, students will learn how to set up networking, printers, tablets, file sharing, and troubleshoot problems related to the same. Operating system security and methods to prevent intrusion will be discussed. Concepts of virtualization, desktop imaging,and deployment will be introduced.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I

Course ID: N147
Credits: 3


This course introduces the foundation to understanding computer networks, including structure and function, components, and models of Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), and the Internet. Students will learn the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts like IP addressing, protocols, hardware, and network topologies. Students will learn basic configuration of network devices and apply basic troubleshooting techniques. A variety of hands-on activities and simulations will be used. This course introduces some of the concepts covered in the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification exam. CCENT education continues in the N201 Cisco Routing and Switching course.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Hardware and Software I

Course ID: N171
Credits: 3


This course covers analysis of information systems including networks, server environments, business solutions, and databases. Students will be exposed to different projects that have complex systems and be asked to create analysis documents and diagrams. Improving the efficiency of the systems will be a primary goal of this course.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: N200
Credits: 3


This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure Windows Servers and perform post-installation and day-to-day administrative tasks. The course gives the student the background needed to provide technical support for Windows Servers. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the material covered. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N228
Credits: 3


This course summarizes key learning throughout the student's program. Students apply what they've learned by solving a real-world programming problem. This problem-solving exercise encompasses timelines, deadlines, team-building, and communication issues.

Prerequisite:This course is intended to be completed in last quarter of diploma

Course ID: N290
Credits: 2


Students will work with the Java programming language to learn about Java bytecode programs and how they are executed within a Java virtual machine. Students will study class libraries and gain an understanding of how they perform important computing tasks, how they interact with computer hardware and operating systems, and how they handle deficiencies encountered on computing platforms. Concepts such as Graphical User Interfaces, multimedia development, and web programming will be explored as well as the use of Java programming in the development of applications for mobile devices.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: W107
Credits: 3

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Computer Information Technology

  • Microsoft Windows Workstations
  • Helpdesk Support
  • Mac Integration
  • Software Packaging and Deployment
  • Mobile Support Principles

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure a Windows Workstation. The course gives the student the ability to provide technical support to a Windows Workstation. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N127
Credits: 3


This course covers material used by helpdesk engineers to troubleshoot and solve user problems. Dealing with the user, identifying the problem, and fixing the problem will be discussed. Software concerning trouble tickets and tracking progress will be discussed.

Prerequisite:Professional Communication

Course ID: N149
Credits: 3


The purpose of the Mac Integration course is to give students an entry-level perspective to supporting and configuring the Mac OSX operating system. Students will learn how to integrate a Mac client into a Windows network and connect a Mac Client to services such as Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange. Also covered is basic user configuration. This course maps to the Mac Integration Basics Certification Exam.

Prerequisite:Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N156
Credits: 3


The goal of this course is to provide students an understanding of how to rapidly deploy applications and operating environments. Students will utilize various methods of application deployment through creating automated installs and application and operating systems images. Students will successfully package and deploy applications and operating systems via these methods in a virtual and stand-alone environment.

Prerequisite:Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N233
Credits: 3


The Mobile Support Principles course covers the challenge of supporting mobile devices within a business. Topics covered are how to install custom software applications on various mobile operating systems as well as deploying standard operating images across multiple mobile devices. Additional time is spent on configuration of various mail clients, network configuration and general device troubleshooting.

Prerequisite:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: N259
Credits: 3

General

  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Windows Workstations
  • Helpdesk Support
  • Linux Administration
  • Introduction to HTML

This course is designed to investigate the advanced applications and concepts available in Microsoft Office Access. Students will be introduced to database management features ranging from the creation and modification of databases to maintaining data integrity. This course is designed to help prepare students for the Access portion of the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam.

Prerequisite:Computer Applications\nand Business Systems Concepts

Course ID: D250
Credits: 3


This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install and configure a Windows Workstation. The course gives the student the ability to provide technical support to a Windows Workstation. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials. Further, the course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N127
Credits: 3


This course covers material used by helpdesk engineers to troubleshoot and solve user problems. Dealing with the user, identifying the problem, and fixing the problem will be discussed. Software concerning trouble tickets and tracking progress will be discussed.

Prerequisite:Professional Communication

Course ID: N149
Credits: 3


This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3


This course will introduce students to the basics of HTML. Students will learn the latest in HTML, conforming to XML and XHTML coding standards. The course is a step-by-step approach for learning how to create, format, and enhance a webpage using HTML.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: W118
Credits: 3

Network Administration

  • Cisco Network Routing and Switching
  • Linux Administration
  • Windows Scripting
  • Windows Active Directory
  • SQL Server Administration

This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks; \nMicrosoft Windows Server

Course ID: N201
Credits: 3


This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3


This course is designed to teach students basic scripting skills that can be used to automate administrative tasks and reporting. Topics will include an introduction to programming structures like variables, decisions, loops, arguments, and functions. Students will create Microsoft Windows-based scripts using technologies such as VBScript, PowerShell and take advantage of additional features in windows components such as WMI and ADSI.

Prerequisite:Windows Active Directory

Course ID: N211
Credits: 3


The course will teach the concepts of utilizing Microsoft Windows Active Directory. Students will learn to install, set up, configure, utilize, maintain and trouble shoot Windows Active Directory. To reinforce the material in this course the instructor will assign direct hands on projects to be performed in a lab setting. Further, this course helps prepare students to take the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam.

Prerequisite:Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N226
Credits: 3


The goal of this course is to prepare individuals to work with and administer SQL Server 2008. Students will learn how to install and maintain SQL Server 2008 and also how to use various tools helpful in creating backups, promoting security, and to enhance availability and performance of the database.

Prerequisite:Microsoft Windows Server

Course ID: N274
Credits: 3

Network Security

  • Cisco Network Routing and Switching
  • Linux Administration
  • Mobile and Mac OS Security
  • Fundamentals of Ethical Hacking
  • Managing Information Security

This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Networks; \nMicrosoft Windows Server

Course ID: N201
Credits: 3


This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the Internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network environment. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux+ certification exam.

Prerequisite:Fundamentals of PC Hardware and Software

Course ID: N208
Credits: 3


This course gives students an alternative perspective on securing multiple mobile operating systems. Students will learn how to apply security principles to Android, iOS, and Mac operating systems. They will learn how hackers penetrate these systems and how to properly secure each environment. Students will learn about aspects of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and understand what additional security measures need to be implemented to secure devices that are utilizing public networks.

Prerequisite:Networking Security

Course ID: N221
Credits: 3


This course will show students the opposing side to network security. Students will gain insight into the hacking mindset as well as learn how to directly apply ethical principles to the work they perform on a day-to-day basis. Students of this course will learn how to utilize various tools commonly used in network security as well as hacking. The end result of this course is to give the student a stronger perspective on how to utilize tools to better test and secure networks against threats.

Prerequisite:Networking Security

Course ID: N230
Credits: 3


Information security is not only an IT, but a management issue. Therefore, this course introduces students to a detailed examination of the systems-wide perspective of information security. They begin with the strategic planning process for security, which includes an examination of the policies, procedures and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in an organization. Course subjects include security practices, security architecture and models, continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.

Prerequisite:Networking Security

Course ID: N253
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

Lower Division

English Composition (Required course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G124
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (Required course)

  • College Algebra

This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: G233
Credits: 4

Total Diploma Credits

General Education Credits: 8

Major and Core Credits: 44

Track Credits: 15

Total Diploma Credits: 67*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

NOTE: N208 Linux Administration and N201 Cisco Routing and Switching are prerequisite to courses contained in the Information Security BS degree program. Students that continue into the Information Security BS degree program must complete N208 prior to taking N437 Linux Security Strategies and must complete N201 prior to taking N314 Advance Cisco Network Security - CCNA.

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