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Computer Networking & Telecommunications

Associate of Applied Science Program of Study

Engineering Technology
Major: Computer Networking & Telecommunications

Program Code: 731-01
Length: Two-year Program – Four semesters
Purpose:  Computer Networking & Telecommunications The global shift toward Information Technologies has produced a critical shortage of technicians skilled in the computer and networking technologies. Data suggest that the IT industry will grow at an unprecedented rate during the next century thus further exacerbating the shortage of qualified Information Technology technicians.

The Computer Networking & Telecommunications degree will provide students the opportunity to develop computer and networking skills and master the necessary content to sit for the CompTIA A+ and CISCO CCNA certification exams. Students will be prepared for full-time employment upon mastering the Computer Networking curriculum. The curriculum is delivered by means of modern state of the art educational technologies. Laboratory experiences will allow students to gain valuable experience working with actual industrial equipment.

Occupational Objectives: Computer Service Technician, Information Technology Marketing, LAN Technician, LAN Administrator, Technical Sales Associate, Computer Systems Installation, Telecommunications Technician, Systems Analyst, Internet Service Provider Technician, LAN Cable Installation, WAN Technician, Network Systems Installation

Admission Requirements: Students who meet the admission requirements to the College are eligible for enrollment into the Computer Networking & Telecommunications program. Students are expected to be proficient in basic English and mathematics. Appropriate developmental courses are available for those needing to improve proficiency in these areas.

Program Requirements: The curriculum consists of course content in general education, basic electronics, computer and networking technologies. Several of the courses will be delivered online. In these courses students will access the curriculum and take assessments in the form of quizzes, tests and exams through the Internet.

Note: High school students interested in a career in the IT industry should check with their counselor for the availability of articulation and dual-enrollment opportunities for those studies.

The Computer Networking & Telecommunications Degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for entry level employment in the Information Technology industry. Students interested in pursuing a Bachelors degree should consult with college counselors and program advisors early in their program of study at Southwest Virginia Community College.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
MTH 151*Math for Liberal Arts303
ENG 111**College Composition I303
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts303
ITN 100Introduction to Telecommunications303
ITN 154Networking Fundamentals (Cisco I)324
SDV 100College Success Skills101
Second Semester
HLT/PEDHealth/PE Elective021
ITN 106Microcomputer Operating Systems303
BUS 106Security Awareness for Managers303
ITN 107Personal Computer Hardware & Troubleshooting303
ITN 155Routing Protocols & Concepts (CISCO II)324
ITN 171Unix 1303
Third Semester
ITN 113Active Directory303
HLT/PEDHealth/PE Elective021
ITN 260Network Security Basics303
ITN 156LAN Switching & Wireless (CISCO III)404
RPKRPK Elective021
Fourth Semester
ITN 111Server Administration303
ITN 208Protocols & Communications TCP/IP404
ITN 157Accessing the WAN (CISCO IV)404
ITE 290/298Coordinated Internship or Seminar & Project in Information Technology021
ElectiveART, HUM, MUS, REL OR SPA303

Total Minimum Credits for the Computer Networking & Telecommunications Major  65

*Student should take MTH 163-271 if planning to pursue a Baccalaureate Degree.
**ENG 101 may substitute for ENG 111 for those not desiring to transfer the credit.

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