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2023 - 2024 Catalog Year
Network Engineering Security Associate (Part-time)

Degree: Short-term Technical Certificate
Division: Business and Public Services

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)

Description: In this class, you will learn the foundation of introduction to operating systems, virtualization and basic networking concepts. You will learn how to manage and administer current desktop operating systems (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X). In addition, you will explore operating systems for mobile devices (Apple IOS, Google Android) and will be introduced to widespread applications for IoT and Cloud concepts. This class will also cover personal and enterprise cybersecurity principles to help protect yourself from common cyber-attacks.

Description: This course covers networking architecture, structure, and functions. The course introduces the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations to provide a foundation for the Network Engineering curriculum. Students will understand the functions and services associated with the two major models (OSI and TCP/IP) used to plan and implement networks. Students will be able to design an IP addressing scheme to provide network connectivity for a small to medium sized network. Use Command Line Interface (CLI) to configure initial settings on routers and switches to implement basic network connectivity between devices.


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Spring Semester (First Year)

Description: This course focuses on learning the architecture, components and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students will learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Commonly used network services and protocols will be studied.

Prerequisites: CIS 1411 and Other (must be completed within the last two years)

Description: Intermediate computing and network security fundamentals. Topics include network vulnerabilities and attacks, network defenses, wireless network security, access control, network assessment and auditing, cryptography and organizational security. Preparation will also be given for the ComptTIA Security + exam.

Prerequisites: CIS 1107 and CIS 1130 or CIS 1411


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Summer Semester (First Year)


This course offers an understanding of security principles and tools available to achieve an appropriate level of network security. Hardware devices (routers and switches from multiple vendors), protocols and switching technologies will be considered including Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and others.

Prerequisites: CIS 2416 and Other (Must complete CIS 2416 within two years)


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.