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Computer Network Design and Administration

Are you interested in technology and how it can be applied to build connections between people in different places? Network design and administration could be the right career for you.

 
In this program, you'll develop the critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain computer networks. You’ll practice optimization, troubleshooting, and using different operating systems and hardware such as Microsoft, CISCO, or LINUX/UNIX.

Whether you want to work as a network administrator, engineer, analyst, or technician, this program prepares you to join a growing technological industry.

  1. Build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement 1Pv4 and 1Pv6 addressing schemes.
  2. Configure routers, switches, and end devices to provide local and remote connectivity
  3. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using hands-on and simulation labs
  4. Configure and troubleshoot connectivity in a small network using security best practices.
  5. Work with routers, switches and wireless devices to configure and troubleshoot VLANs, Wireless LANs and lnter-VLAN routing.
  6. Describe, Configure and troubleshoot redundancy on a switched network using STP and EtherChannel.
  7. Explain how to support available and reliable networks using dynamic addressing and first-hop redundancy protocols.
  8. Work with routers and switches using OSPF in point-to-point and multiaccess networks.
  9. Mitigate threats and enhance network security using access control lists and security best practices.
  10. Understand virtualization, SDN, and how APls and configuration management tools enable network automation.
Note: All program required software is available in CIS labs. Student discounts are available for purchasing software for home use.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

Placement

Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

The Cisco certificate verifies students have completed the Cisco Networking Academy preparation courses which map to the current Industry recognized CCNA Certification Exam. 

Students cover a wide range of networking topics including IP routing, switching, and wireless fundamentals, network security and services, and network programmability and automation. Students practice configuration and troubleshooting skills with hands-on labs using Cisco equipment and simulation software. Students completing Cisco IV may be eligible for a substantial discount on the CCNA Certification exam. 20 credits are required for the certificate.

 

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Total Program Credits: 20


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CIS 250
Cisco I Introduction to Networks  
5
Total Credits
 
5

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CIS 251
Cisco II Switching, Routing, and Wireless I  
5
Total Credits
 
5

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CIS 252
Cisco III Switching, Routing, & Wireless II  
5
Total Credits
 
5

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CIS 253
Cisco IV Enterprise Networking Security and Automation  
5
Total Credits
 
5

Estimated costs for completing this program

 
WA Resident
Non-Resident
International
Tuition
$ 2,472
$ 3,558
$ 6,359
Books
$ 150
$ 150
$ 150
Course Fees
$ 14
$ 14
$ 14
Institutional Fees
$ 2,061
$ 2,061
$ 2,061
Total Costs
$ 4,697
$ 5,783
$ 8,584

Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Tami Absalonson
    Tami Absalonson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A.S., Master Electronics Technical Certificate, Spokane Community College; Vocational Teaching Certificate, Eastern Washington University
    Tami.Absalonson@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8369
  • Scott Dawson
    Scott Dawson
    Computer Informat Systems
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; A.A.S., Spokane Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
    Scott.Dawson@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-7471
  • Laura Kier
    Laura Kier
    Computer Informat Systems
    B.S., Oregon State University; Additional Studies, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Oregon State University; Certification, CCNA
    Laura.Kier@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8446
  • Loni Bentz
    Loni Bentz
    Counselor
    Certification, Spokane Community College; A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., M.S.W., Eastern Washington University
    Loni.Bentz@scc.spokane.edu
    509-533-8449

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Scott Dawson

Computer Information Systems
Scott.Dawson@scc.spokane.edu
509-533-7471