At Akron Institute we are focused on providing our students with marketable skills that will help them attain their career objectives. Our programs are designed to ensure that the skills and knowledge we teach our students parallel those in demand in the workplace. The best way to get more information about our programs is to visit our campus to meet with one of our admissions representatives.
This program prepares students with the necessary academic knowledge and technical competencies for entry-level technical positions in the computer network technology industry. These career opportunities may be in areas such as network administration, network installation, network administration, network security, and network support.
Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to install, configure, administer and troubleshoot, PC computer hardware.
2. Demonstrate the ability to install, configure, administer and troubleshoot functional network operating systems, infrastructure services, equipment (including wireless), security, and protocols.
3. Demonstrate the ability to administer client-server applications.
4. Demonstrate the ability to write clear and concise technical reports and business communications in a variety of environments.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of security protocols and methodologies.
6. Think critically both conceptually and by using mathematical analysis; write and speak effectively; use basic computer applications; and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society.
Potential Job Position Titles
Potential entry-level job position titles include Junior Network Support Specialist, Network Support Engineer, Junior Network Technician, Network Administrator, Junior Network Acquisition Coordinator, and Network Deployment Specialist.
The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is five semesters (20 months).
A minimum of 79 semester credit hours are required for graduation.
All courses, 56 semester credit hours, are required.
IS 108 Internet Foundation
IS 112 Computer Networks
This course provides instruction in network design and technologies using the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model. Topics include network fundamentals, the OSI model, network operating systems, TCP/IP fundamentals and utilities, network installation and upgrades, network remote access configuration and protocols, network administration and security, fault tolerance and disaster recovery considerations and procedures, and network troubleshooting procedures. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.
IS 185 Computer Architecture and Troubleshooting
This course provides instruction in microcomputer software and hardware concepts using the latest technology and troubleshooting techniques. Topics include the function and purpose of hardware and software; system board components and memory management; working with floppy and hard drives; supporting input and output devices; multimedia technology; supporting operating systems, printers, and notebook computers; troubleshooting fundamentals, applying disaster recover techniques, and developing maintenance plans; and working with networks and the Internet. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.
IS 191 Linux Administration
This course introduces the capabilities and features of Linux as a multi-user operating system. Topics include system planning and installing a Linux system, managing desktop interfaces, working with the shell and text files, the role of the system administrator, performing system administrator tasks such as managing system resources and creating scripts, and performance tuning and troubleshooting techniques. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.
IS 218 Web Graphics
This course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill in bitmapped and vector graphics using a web imaging or graphics tool. Topics include working with file size and format, using Web-safe color palettes and managing color, image masking and image compression, Graphics Interface File (GIF), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file formats, using tools to alter photographs, and applying filters and effects. The Web animation tool includes creating graphic elements, turning objects into animations, using action scripts and sounds, and putting movies on the Web. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 102 Computers and Application Software.
IS 282 Network Security
This course introduces basic security principles, such as establishing an effective security policy, and about the different types of hacker activities that you are most likely to encounter. It also will instruct the student in the latest security industry recommendations and how to properly protect leading OS servers in a variety of settings and how to conduct security audits. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: IS 191 Linux Administration and NT 180 Network and Server Operating Systems.
IS 284 Routers and Switches I
This course introduces part one of concepts and procedures required to utilize industry standard switches and routers in multi-protocol internetworks. Topics include exploring router components and their function, configuring routers according to the industry standard Operating System (OS), routing fundamentals in a subnetted network infrastructure; and LAN design technologies. The class focuses on the TCP/IP protocol suite, IP addressing in regards to function and importance in a routed environment. Routing protocol basics such as static and dynamic routing techniques are covered with extensive labs and hands-on exercises. The class goes into detail concerning the design and usage of Access Control Lists to enhance network security and control the flow of traffic across routed networks. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 112 Computer Networks.
IS 286 Routers and Switches II
This course is a continued study of router and switching technologies based on current industry standards. The focus of the course will be on such topics as switching basics, intermediate routing, introduction to VLSM (Variable Length Subnet Masking), scaling IP addresses, route flapping, RIP version 2, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing protocol processes and technologies, switching concepts in regards to LAN design, VLAN configuration, and VLAN trunking protocol techniques. The class also covers the leading industry standards associated with WAN communication technologies and design such as, ISDN, DDR, and Frame Relay operations. The course includes a segment on network administration, management and security in relation to routing and switching technologies in a modern business environment. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 284 Routers and Switches I.
NT 120 Emerging Operating Systems
This course is designed to give the student a foundational skill set for new and emerging operating systems being introduced to the computer industry. The course will cover the features, capabilities and functional details involved with the understanding and implementation of the latest operating systems available today. The student will receive classroom and hands-on experience with the most recent OS's to include topics such as installation, networking, system utilities, disk management, user management, security features, performance tuning, disaster recovery and troubleshooting. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 112 Computer Networks.
NT 180 Network and Server Operating Systems
This course provides instruction in current leading operating systems and servers. Topics include installing the system and server; implementing and conducting administration of resources; implementing, managing, and troubleshooting hardware devices and drivers; monitoring and optimizing performance, reliability and availability; managing, configuring, and troubleshooting storage use; configuring and troubleshooting the desktop environment and network connections; implementing, managing, and troubleshooting network protocols; and implementing, monitoring, and troubleshooting security. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 112 Computer Networks.
NT 200 Network Infrastructure Administration
This course is designed to provide instruction in implementing and administering a current leading operating system network infrastructure. Topics include installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting DNS; installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting network protocols; installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting WINS; installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting IP routing; installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Network Address Translation; and installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting Certificate Services. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: NT 180 Network and Server Operating Systems.
NT 210 Directory Services Administration
This course is designed to provide instruction in implementing and administering a directory services infrastructure. Topics include installing, configuring, and troubleshooting a leading directory service; installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting DNS for the directory service; installing, configuring, managing, monitoring, optimizing, and troubleshooting change and configuration management; managing, monitoring, and optimizing the components of the directory service and configuring, managing, monitoring, and troubleshooting directory service security solutions. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: NT 180 Network and Server Operating Systems.
NT 320 Wireless Networking Fundamentals
This course provides instruction on both general and specific wireless technologies. Topics include wireless theory, including radio frequency and infrared transmissions. It also covers wireless topologies, access points, wireless bridges, antenna theory, wireless security, site surveys, and troubleshooting techniques. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: IS 112 Computer Networks.
NT 341 Mail Servers
This course provides instruction in the implementation, administration, and troubleshooting of e-mail messaging systems. Topics include the architecture and communication abilities of mail servers; installation of mail servers, backward integration and compatibility, client support, and configuration; real-time collaboration, and foreign mail system connectors; SMTP and Internet-based client access; and security techniques, performance monitoring, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting issues. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisites: IS 191 Linux Administration and NT 210 Directory Services Administration.
General Education Requirements
Students enrolled in associate degrees must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in general education.
EN 104 English Composition I
This course introduces the principles and practices of developing effective communications by using reflective critical thinking in the writing and reading processes. Topics include understanding the writing process; applying essay development patterns; using research techniques; and writing essays, summaries, reports, and research papers. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
EN 106 Information Literacy
This course introduces the principles and practices of information literacy by using reflective critical thinking in the research and writing processes. Topics include understanding the research process; evaluating resources; using research techniques; outlining, providing in-text citations; understanding APA style, and using appropriate voice in writing formal research papers. 1.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
EN 116 Speech
The course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to develop speaking and presentation skills in a variety of situations. Topics include the elements and structure of speeches, researching topics and developing presentation materials, analyzing and responding to audience characteristics, learning effective speech techniques, and delivering different types of speeches. Microsoft PowerPoint is used as a presentation tool. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
IS 102 Computers and Application Software
This course provides an introduction to operating systems, browsers, and email as well as word processing, presentation, spreadsheets, and database applications. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
MA 107 College Algebra
This course focuses on the concepts and applications of algebra. Topics include an arithmetic review; operations with algebraic expressions; solving linear and quadratic equations; factoring algebraic expressions; and using exponents, powers, roots, ratios, and proportions to solve problems. 4.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
PS 101 Psychology
This course introduces psychology that focuses on understanding human behavior. Topics include the scope of psychology; biological foundations and the brain; the concepts of sensation, perception, conditioning, and learning; the nature of memory; motivation and emotion; states of consciousness; personality theories; dealing with health and stress; developing coping strategies; and social psychology. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
HU 101 Critical Thinking
This course is designed to introduce the theories and application of critical analysis with emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Topics include the foundations of arguments, value assumptions and ethical decision making, reality assumptions and deductive arguments, inductive arguments and generalizations, reasoning errors, the power of language, the impact of media power, and persuasive speaking. 3.0 credit hours. Prerequisite: None.
Personal Development Courses
A minimum of two semester credit hours is required.
PD 100 Student Success Skills
This course provides instruction in the both theory and practice of personal growth that lead to successful life experience. Topics include research in critical self-analysis of student habits and attitudes; and psychological impediments to successfully setting and achieving personal goals. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.
PD 120 Personal Financial Management
This course deals with the concepts of personal financial planning and financial control. Topics center on critical self examination of student planning techniques through analysis and research of personal financial legal documents, checking accounts and banking services; income tax procedures; savings methods; investment planning; risk management and insurance; and credit records, credit law, and the cost of credit. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.
PD 150 Client Services
This course provides a critical examination of issues embedded in the practice of providing client service. Topics include research about best practice in customer service and communication techniques; psychologically based methods for dealing with the management of customer complaints; and the roles of a customer service employee and supervisor within ethical boundaries and common business practice. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.
PD 200 Career Development Seminar
This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to apply critical self-examination techniques and processes for developing a career path and an awareness of the need to embed life-long learning into career management. Topics include career planning research, job searching, developing career search documents, and refining interview and communication skills within an awareness of psychological boundaries implicit in this process. Successful completion of this course requires the creation of a professional resume suitable for e-mail. 1.0 credit hour. Prerequisite: None.