Computer Information Systems
Network Communications Technology
Opportunities for careers in computer information systems are increasing rapidly as businesses upgrade and add computer networks to improve productivity and meet increased competition in the marketplace. The rapid spread of computers has generated a need for highly trained workers to design and develop new hardware and software systems, maintain networks and incorporate technological advances into new or existing systems.
Network and computer systems administrators design, install and support and organization’s local area network (LAN), wide-area network (WAN), Internet, or Intranet system. They provide day-to-day onsite administrative support for software users in a variety of work environments, including professional offices, small businesses, government, and large corporations. They maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the network to ensure security and availability to system users. These workers gather data to identify customer needs and then use that information to identify, interpret and evaluate system and network requirements. Administrators also plan, coordinate and implement network security measures.
Network administrators are the information technology employees responsible for the efficient use of networks by organizations. They ensure that the design of an organization’s computer site allows all the components, including computers, cable plant, switches, routers, servers, and software, to function seamlessly together and work properly.
Furthermore, they monitor and adjust performance of existing networks and continually survey the current computer site to determine future network needs. Administrators also troubleshoot problems as reported by users and automated network monitoring systems and make recommendations for enhancements in the construction of future servers and networks.
Educational Opportunities in Network Communications Technology
The following programs may be completed in two years, if taken on a fulltime basis. Many LCCC students choose to study on a part-time basis. Students in the associate of applied business in computer information systems – network communication technology program complete courses in computer information systems, communications, English, math, business administration, accounting, physical science, psychology or sociology, computer diagnostics and repair and Cisco certification.
Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Systems –Network Communications Technology
This program prepares students to design, install, configure, test, and support business networks. Primary focus will be on network servers, network operating systems, network services, client workstations in an integrated and converged services environment. Students will learn a strong set of technical skills coupled with business and communication skills so they can understand the needs of a business and apply their IT skills to give a business a competitive IT advantage. Attention is given to designing networks whose components function seamlessly together and where the infrastructure is transparent, secure, and integrated into the organization so that the network enables the sharing of information, ideas, and resources between clusters of people. Additionally students have the opportunity to take a wide range of IT courses providing more background in security, infrastructure, programming, and web design. A variety of elective courses are available to augment the program.
Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Systems –Software Development
This program prepares students for programming on computer platforms from personal computers to mainframes. Students learn to design and develop software using the procedural and object-oriented languages most commonly used in business. Additional topics covered in this program are database design and development and an introduction to networking.
Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Systems –Web Development
The Web Development program prepares students for development, administration and support positions in the emerging digital economy. Students learn to design and develop Internet applications in a client/ server environment. Additional topics covered include integrating Internet and enterprise-wide databases, middleware issues, building robust Internet applications and designing dynamic Web portals. A variety of elective courses are available to augment the program.
Enrolling in a Microsoft authorized academic training program and receive certification means you meet Microsoft’s highest standards. Certification requirements include passing six examinations which are administered and taught by Microsoft.
The computer information systems department is an authorized Cisco Regional Academy. Therefore, you can enroll in Cisco certification classes that will prepare you for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination. This cluster of four classes can be completed either as credit or non-credit classes. If you are interested in taking the classes and receiving college credit, you must check the credit-course schedule under the computer information systems course heading.
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