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Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The Networking Systems and Technology AAS program is for students interested in administering and maintaining network equipment such as routers, switches, and servers, as well as, maintaining software and services that are common in modern network infrastructures. The curriculum covers both hardware and software components which help prepare students for jobs in the Information Technology (IT) market. It also offers students relevant knowledge and skills required in a variety of industry certifications including: A+, Network+, CCENT, CCNA and CCNA Security. 
 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

0141

Funding Options

 

Courses

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Prerequisites

  CH

Program General Requirements

16 CH

Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.  

Select Mathematics 118 OR higher. 

Fine Arts & Humanities (HD) (3 CH) 

Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 CH) 

Physical & Life Sciences (3 CH) 

  

Program Core Requirements

36 CH
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Required Program Core (minimum) ​42 CH
(Track 1 or Track 2)​
Select one of the following two tracks​:​
Networking Track (1)​
CIS (032)​
​101 ​Intro to Computer Information Systems​ 3​
​116 ​Introduction to Operating Systems​ 3​
​120 ​Introduction to Microcomputers​ 3​
Networking Technologies (165)​
121​ Internetworking I​ 3​
122​ Internetworking II 3​
221​ Internetworking I​II 3​
222​ Internetworking I​V 3​
21 CH​
Students should meet with a college Academic Advisor for selection of a minimum 21 credit hours from the additional core courses shown below:   
21 CH​​
Note: For students who do not have any equivalent professional experience, at least three hours of an internship is required.
Business (030)
​111 Intro to Business (3)​
CIS (032) 
​158 ​Beginning Internet (3)
​258 ​Advanced Internet (3)
​260 ​CIS Field Project (3) OR
​299 ​Special Topics in CIS (3-4)
​Cooperative Work Experience (008)
​106 ​Commercial-Data Processing CWE (3-6)
​108 ​Engineering & Industrial Tech CWE (3-6)
​206 Commercial Data Processing CWE (3-6)​
​208 Engineering & Industrial Tech CWE (3-6)​​
​OR
Hardware/Software Support Track (2)
CIS (032)
​101 ​Intro to Computer Information System​​ 3​
​116 Introduction to Operating Systems​ 3​
​120 ​Introduction to Microcomputers​ 3​
​122 ​Introduction to Word Processing on Microcomputers​ 3​
​123 Introduction to Spreadsheets on Microcomputers​ 3​
​145 Introduction to Data Base on Microcomputers​ 3​
Networking Technologies (165)
​121 ​Internetworking I 3​
21 CH​
Students should meet with a college Academic Advisor for selection of a minimum 21 credit hours from the additional core courses shown below: 21 CH​
Note: For students who do not have any equivalent professional experience, at least three hours of an internship is required.​
Business (030)
​111 Intro to Business (3)​
CIS (032) 
​158 Beginning Internet (3)​
​258 Advanced Internet (3)​
​260 ​CIS Field Project (3) OR
​265 ​CIS Internship (3)
Cooperative Work Experience (008)
​106 Commercial-Data Processing CWE (3-6)​
​108 ​Engineering & Industrial Tech CWE (3-6)​
​206 Commercial Data Processing​ CWE (3-6)​
​208 Engineering & Industrial Tech CWE (3-6)​​​
    
TOTAL PROGRAM MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS​ ​   
    
60 CH​   
 
Business
BUSINES 111
Introduction To Business 3
Survey of modern US business, analyzing organization and types of businesses, major business functions, business and the environment, roles played by business and consumers in the economy and various economic systems. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Computer Information Systems
CIS 101
Computer Science 101 3
An introductory course in computer science and programming, with emphasis on the logical analysis of a problem and the formulation of a computer program leading to its solution. Topics include basic concepts of computer systems, computer types, cloud computing, and computer programming languages. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 116
Operating System I 3
An overview including a theoretical and practical framework for the study of controlling software in the microcomputer environment using prevailing cooperating systems. The concepts of interrupt handling, scheduling and query techniques, and access and storage methods will be clarified through readings and discussions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. No more than 3 credit hours will count towards the CICT requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to 6 will be counted towards elective and requires Consent of Department Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 120
Introduction to Computer Applications 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and individual use; includes hand-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the consent of Departments Chairperson. ARC: 3 times.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 122
Intro to Word Processing on Microcomputers 3
In-depth concepts of word processing as they apply to microcomputers in business and personal use. Laboratory assignments provide hands-on experience with microcomputer word processing software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 123
Microcomputer Spreadsheets 3
Fundamental concepts of computer programs as exemplified in the electronic spreadsheet. Emphasis on business applications and personal financial management and tax preparation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 145
Database Management 3
In-depth concepts of database as they apply to microcomputers in business and personal use to build information management systems. The network, hierarchical, and relational models are discussed. DBMS on microcomputers are used for lab assignments to implement the rational models. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the Consent of Departments Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 158
Web Development I 3
Course emphasis will include the design and development of standards-based HTML, XHTML, and CSS documents with an introduction to Javascript. Previous knowledge of file management, including downloading and uploading, is required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CIS 101 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 258
Web Development II 3
Extends introductory concepts of CIS 158, using a variety of Internet and general networking concepts, including interactive forms and CGI programming for the World Wide Web, multimedia development, Intranets, server installation and management, and database connectivity, and simple website administration. This will include multimedia additions, setting design styles, and installing on a web server. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in CIS 158 or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CIS 260
Computer Information Systems Field Project 3
This is a capstone course that provides students with practical application of computer skills by participation in a planned and coordinated field project. At the start of the class, specific goals and requirements will be carefully outlined to ensure that the student is aware of his or her responsibilities. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:CIS 260 - Prerequisites: Minimum of 18 credit hours completed with a C or better in CIS or NET TEC or CSFI courses, and consent of Department Chair.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CIS 265
Computer Information Systems Internship 3
Students gain data processing experience by working at an appropriate and supervised work-training station. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
CIS 299
Special Topic Comp Info Sys 1
Special topics in CIS will be discussed along with appropriate lab and/or field trip activities. New developments will be emphasized, especially materials useful in K-12 education and industry. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King
Cooperative Work Experience
COOP EX 106-1
Commercial-Data Processing CWE 6
The Cooperative Education course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in a number of career areas. Students are placed in an approved employment situation mutually agreed upon by the student, college staff, and employer, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain exposure to work methods unavailable in the classroom. College staff members develop with each student a written educational plan, including performance-based measurable objectives. Guidance and supervision are regularly provided by college staff members who visit students at work, confer with the employer, measure progress, and work out any concerns. Follow-up seminars with the staff may be scheduled for up to two hours per week. Students are assigned a job directly related to their academic program/plan, which will enhance educational goals without infringing upon course or program/plan obligations. Academic credit for part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 5 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours credit for the work component. Academic credit for full-time employment (21 or more hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 10 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours of credit for the work component. If offered in conjunction with the work component, 1 semester credit hour is awarded for each seminar hour per week up to a maximum of 2 semester credit hours. In total, variable credit may be acquired depending upon the number of hours on the job and the extent of follow-up seminars, up to a maximum of 6 semester credit hours. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
COOP EX 108-1
Engineering & Industrial Technologies CWE 6
The Cooperative Education course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in a number of career areas. Students are placed in an approved employment situation mutually agreed upon by the student, college staff, and employer, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain exposure to work methods unavailable in the classroom. College staff members develop with each student a written educational plan, including performance-based measurable objectives. Guidance and supervision are regularly provided by college staff members who visit students at work, confer with the employer, measure progress, and work out any concerns. Follow-up seminars with the staff may be scheduled for up to two hours per week. Students are assigned a job directly related to their academic program/plan, which will enhance educational goals without infringing upon course or program/plan obligations. Academic credit for part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 5 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours credit for the work component. Academic credit for full-time employment (21 or more hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 10 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours of credit for the work component. If offered in conjunction with the work component, 1 semester credit hour is awarded for each seminar hour per week up to a maximum of 2 semester credit hours. In total, variable credit may be acquired depending upon the number of hours on the job and the extent of follow-up seminars, up to a maximum of 6 semester credit hours. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
COOP EX 206-1
Commercial-Data Processing CWE 6
The Cooperative Education course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in a number of career areas. Students are placed in an approved employment situation mutually agreed upon by the student, college staff, and employer, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain exposure to work methods unavailable in the classroom. College staff members develop with each student a written educational plan, including performance-based measurable objectives. Guidance and supervision are regularly provided by college staff members who visit students at work, confer with the employer, measure progress, and work out any concerns. Follow-up seminars with the staff may be scheduled for up to two hours per week. Students are assigned a job directly related to their academic program/plan, which will enhance educational goals without infringing upon course or program/plan obligations. Academic credit for part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 5 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours credit for the work component. Academic credit for full-time employment (21 or more hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 10 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours of credit for the work component. If offered in conjunction with the work component, 1 semester credit hour is awarded for each seminar hour per week up to a maximum of 2 semester credit hours. In total, variable credit may be acquired depending upon the number of hours on the job and the extent of follow-up seminars, up to a maximum of 6 semester credit hours. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
COOP EX 208-1
Engineering & Industrial Technologies CWE 6
The Cooperative Education course is designed to provide employment skills as a concurrent and integral part of a student's educational program in a number of career areas. Students are placed in an approved employment situation mutually agreed upon by the student, college staff, and employer, with the opportunity to apply knowledge and gain exposure to work methods unavailable in the classroom. College staff members develop with each student a written educational plan, including performance-based measurable objectives. Guidance and supervision are regularly provided by college staff members who visit students at work, confer with the employer, measure progress, and work out any concerns. Follow-up seminars with the staff may be scheduled for up to two hours per week. Students are assigned a job directly related to their academic program/plan, which will enhance educational goals without infringing upon course or program/plan obligations. Academic credit for part-time employment (up to 20 hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 5 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours credit for the work component. Academic credit for full-time employment (21 or more hours per week) is awarded on a ratio of 1 semester hour of credit for each 10 hours of approved employment per week, with a maximum of 4 semester hours of credit for the work component. If offered in conjunction with the work component, 1 semester credit hour is awarded for each seminar hour per week up to a maximum of 2 semester credit hours. In total, variable credit may be acquired depending upon the number of hours on the job and the extent of follow-up seminars, up to a maximum of 6 semester credit hours. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Networking Technologies
NET TEC 121
Internetworking I 3
This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation in networking technologies. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. NOTE: CIS 101 or CIS 116 or COMPSFI 101 recommended prior to enrolling in this course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
NET TEC 122
Internetworking II 3
This course describes the architecture, components, and operations and routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality, and the essential routing protocols and virtual LAN operation in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in NET TEC 121, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
NET TEC 221
Internetworking III 3
This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality, resolve common issues in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, and implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in NET TEC 122, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
NET TEC 222
Internetworking IV 3
This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. In a complex hierarchical networks, students will learn the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements, configure and troubleshoot network devices, resolve common issues with data link protocols, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in NET TEC 221, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

9 CH
​Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in the subjects Computer Information Systems (0032), Networking Technologies (0165), or Computer Security and Forensic Investigation (0162).

Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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