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Information Systems Administration

Diploma Program in Information Systems Administration


(20 Courses – 60 Semester Credit Hours / 900 clock hours / 24 Months)

The Information Systems Administration diploma program is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for managing the information technology and systems function of organizations. It combines technological and managerial components to develop graduates who can deal effectively with the complexity and variety of issues involved in applying information technology successfully within organizations. The focus of this program is intended to develop students’ expertise in building, managing and deploying enterprise-wide Information Technology. Graduates of the program will be prepared for positions that involve providing enterprise-wide IT solutions, including the roles of Network Administrator and System Administrator.

Students must complete and pass all 60 Semester Credit Hours associated with the courses below:

CIS-110 – Introduction to Computers

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: None
Course Code: 35401
Description: This course provides an introduction to computers and computing. Topics include the impact of computers on society, ethical issues, and hardware/software applications, including spreadsheets, databases, word processors, graphics, the Internet, and operating systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

ENG-101 – English Composition

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: None
Course Code: 35402
Description: This course is the required first course in a series of two designed to develop the ability to produce clear expository prose. Emphasis is placed on the writing process including audience analysis, topic selection, thesis support and development, editing, and revision. Upon completion, students should be able to produce unified, coherent, well-developed essays using standard written English.

CIS-120 – Hardware/Software Support
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: CIS 110
Course Code: 15401
Description: This course covers the basic hardware of a personal computer, including installation, operations and interactions with software. Topics include component identification, memory-system, peripheral installation and configuration, preventive maintenance, hardware diagnostics/repair, installation and optimization of system software, commercial programs, system configuration, and device-drivers. Upon completion, students should be able to select appropriate computer equipment and software, upgrade/maintain existing equipment and software, and troubleshoot/repair non-functioning personal computers.

MAT-100 – College Algebra
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: None
Course Code: 35403
Description: This course focuses on algebraic topics needed for success in college mathematics and its applications. It includes the real number system, linear equations and inequalities, word problems, polynomials and factoring, rational algebraic expressions, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, irrational equations, graphics of equations, systems of equations, and logarithmic and exponential functions.

ITNW-130 – Basic Networking

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: None
Course Code: 15402
Description: This course introduces the networking field. Emphasis is on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, wide-area networks, OSI model, cabling, router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing, and network standards. Upon completion, students should be able to perform tasks related to networking mathematics, terminology, and models, media, Ethernet, subnetting, and TCP/IP Protocols

ITDB-110 – Introduction to Database Concepts

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: CIS 110
Course Code: 15403
Description: This course introduces database design and creation using a DBMS product. Emphasis is placed on data dictionaries, normalization, data integrity, data modeling, and creation of simple tables, queries, reports, and forms. Upon completion, students should be able to design and implement normalized database structures by creating simple database tables, queries, reports, and forms.

ITSY-215 – Implementing Network Security
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: None
Course Code: 15404
Description: Students will learn about IT industry-wide security topics, including communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack, and operational and organization security. Other topics included in this course are protocols used in Linux, UNIX, and Windows 2000 in addition to the TCP/IP suite component protocols, and Ethernet operations. Students will gain knowledge in capturing, analyzing, and generating IP traffic, how to exploit protocol weaknesses and examine defensive solutions. Packet filtering, password policies, and file integrity checking are also covered.

ENG-215 – Research and Writing
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Course Code: 35404
Description: This course examines and implements the principles of argumentation. An argumentative paper is researched and developed based on the concept of writing as a process. The course focuses on the logical organization of ideas patterned on established structures of argument. The course reinforces the importance of the research process and critical evaluation of sources. Acknowledging the intellectual property of others through the proper documentation of sources is stressed.

ITMC-120 – Windows Single User
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: CIS 110
Course Code: 15405
Description: This course introduces operating system concepts for single-user systems. Topics include hardware management, file and memory management, system configuration/ optimization, and utilities. Upon completion, students should be able to perform operating systems functions at the support level in a single-user environment.

ITMC-230 – Windows Admin I
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITMC 120
Course Code: 15406
Description: This course covers the installation and administration of a Windows Server network operating system. Topics include managing and maintaining physical and logical devices, access to resources, the server environment, managing users, computers, and groups, and Managing/Implementing Disaster Recovery. Upon completion, students should be able to manage and maintain a Windows Server environment.

ITMC-231 – Windows Admin II

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITMC 230
Course Code: 15407
Description: This course covers implementing, managing, and maintaining a Windows Server network infrastructure. Topics include implementing, managing, and maintaining IP addressing, name resolution, network security, routing and remote access, and managing a network infrastructure. Upon completion, students should be able to manage and maintain a Windows Server environment.

ITMC-232 – Windows Admin III
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITMC 231
Course Code: 15408
Description: This course covers implementing and administering security in a Windows Server network. Topics include implementing, managing, and troubleshooting security policies, patch management infrastructure, security for network communications, authentication, authorization, and PKI. Upon completion, students should be able to implement, manage, and maintain a Windows Server network infrastructure

HUM-200 – American History
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisites: None
Course Code: 35405
Description: This course is a survey of American history from pre-history through the Civil War era. Topics include the migrations to the Americas, the colonial and revolutionary periods, the development of the Republic, and the Civil War. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments in early American history.

ITCC-125 – Introduction to Networking
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITNW 130
Course Code: 15409
Description: This course introduces the networking field. Emphasis is placed on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks, wide-area networks, OSI model, cabling, router programming, Ethernet, IP addressing, and network standards. Upon completion, students should be able to perform tasks related to networking mathematics, terminology, and models, media, Ethernet, subnetting, and TCP/IP Protocols.

ITCC-126 – Basic Routing

3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITCC 125
Course Code: 15410
Description: This course focuses on initial router configuration, router software management, routing protocol configuration, TCP/IP, and access control lists (ACLs). Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of router configuration, managing router software, routing protocol, and access lists. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of routers and their role in WANs, router configuration, routing protocols, TCP/IP, troubleshooting, and ACLs.

ITCC-225 – Routing & Switching I
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITCC 126
Course Code: 15411
Description: This course focuses on advanced IP addressing techniques, intermediate routing protocols, command-line interface configuration of switches, Ethernet switching, VLANs, STP, and VTP. Emphasis will be placed on application and demonstration of skills acquired in pre-requisite courses. Upon completion, students should be able to perform tasks related to VLSM, routing protocols, switching concepts and configuration, STP, VLANs, and VTP.

ITCC-226 – Routing & Switching II
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITCC 225
Course Code: 15412
Description: This course introduces WAN theory and design, WAN technology, PPP, Frame Relay, ISDN, and additional case studies. Topics include network congestion problems, TCP/IP transport and network layer protocols, advanced routing and switching configuration, ISDN protocols, PPP encapsulation operations on a router. Upon completion, students should be able to provide solutions for network routing problems, identify ISDN protocols, and describe the Spanning Tree protocol.

ITSY-230 – Security Administration
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITSY 215 and ITNW 130 or ITCC 125
Course Code: 15413
Description: This course provides an overview of security administration and fundamentals of designing security architectures. Topics include network technologies, TCP/IP concepts, protocols, network traffic analysis, monitoring, and security best practices. Upon completion, students should be able to identify normal network traffic using network analysis tools and design basic security defenses.

ITSY-220–Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITSY 215 and ITNW 130
Course Code: 15419
Description: Provides students with hands-on experience using penetration tools and techniques to test and protect computer networks. Topics include network and computer attacks, footprinting, social engineering, scanning, enumeration, cryptography, operating system and device vulnerability, and related ethical considerations.

ITSY-240–Computer Security Incident Response
3 Semester Credit Hrs/8 Weeks/45 clock hours
Prerequisite: ITSY 215 and ITNW 130
Course Code: 15420
Description: Provides students with hands-on experience preparing for and responding to computer security incidents. Topics include incident response preparation, detection, reaction, recovery, and maintenance. Computer-related disaster recovery and business continuity planning are also addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the prerequisites for this program?
There are no prerequisites for this program.

Can I transfer any credits into this program?
Yes, you may transfer up to 20 semester credit hours into this program.

How much is the program tuition for in-state and out-of-state applicants?
The tuition per class is $402. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state applicants. The tuition does not include the exam vouchers for the IT certification exams associated with some of our online courses.

How long are these programs?
These programs are offered completely online and each program is two years long. You must take two courses at a time to complete the program within the assigned 2 years.

Does the Information Systems Administration diploma program have any certification exams associated with?
Yes. However, passing the certification exams is not a requirement for graduation and you can take them at your own pace.

How much is the application fee?
InovaTech does not charge students an application fee when applying for any of our programs.

What financial assistance options do you offer?
Please access the Financial Assistance page for detailed information.

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