Computer Systems Techonology Advanced Diploma

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  • Objectives
    The Computer Systems Technology (CETY) program responds to a demonstrated need for competent people in the networking and internetworking fields. The three-year program provides graduates with in-depth networking skills to manage and solve the networking, voice over IP (VOIP), and internetworking needs of small business to large enterprises. Our goal is to develop a highly trained global workforce to design, install, manage, secure, and troubleshoot internetworks.
  • Practical experience
    An on-site placement in the sixth semester is part of the program of study.
  • Academic Title
    Computer Systems Techonology Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
          Semester 1
        * CET1100   -   004   -   Desktop Operating Systems/Hardware

          This course introduces the student to the major components and operating characteristics of a computer system's fundamental program - operating system. Without an operating system, the computer is completely inert. If students are to gain more than a superficial understanding of how to operate computers, it is essential that they comprehend how an operating system works and how it enables them to command the hardware and/or software. This course will give the students the insight needed to solve computer problems they encounter and obtain the confidence that comes from being able to control the system with skill. Students will develop practical skills through hands-on experience with the following operating systems including MS-DOS, Unix, and the Macintosh OS.

        * CET1110   -   003   -   Productivity Software

          This course is designed to develop proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management with Microsoft Office 2003. A "hands-on" approach is used to generate professional documents using the features available in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access. As a result, the student will efficiently create and appropriately format business reports, worksheets, graphs, database tables, queries, and forms, as well as integrate objects within documents.

        * CET2305   -   004   -   Local Area Networks

          This course provides the student with a solid foundation in fundamental networking concepts. The course focuses on network terminology and protocols, local-area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model, routers, router programming, Ethernet, TCP/IP addressing, and network standards.

        * CET2320   -   003   -   Client Administration

          The purpose of this course is to address the implementation and desktop support needs of customers that are planning to deploy and support Microsoft Windows XP Professional in a variety of stand-alone and network operating system environments. Customers have indicated that they require an in-depth training solution for implementing and supporting Windows XP Professional. This course will address customers' needs for knowledgeable personnel that can support desktops running Windows XP Professional. This course is based on Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2, using virtual machine software.

        * ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

          This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

        * ENG1552   -   002   -   Technical Writing I

          Prerequisite: ENG 1551 This is the first communication course for technology at Cambrian. Students practice the fundamentals of technical writing by preparing short documents, researching technical information, and presenting oral reports. In this course, students meet General Education requirements by researching the growing impact of technology on society and by heightening their critical thinking through research.

        * STY1101   -   003   -   Programming Fundamentals

          This course introduces students to computer programming. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of software application development and develop skills in designing and writing simple computer programs. The course assumes no programming background and provides an overview of the software development process in addition to introducing important programming constructs and methodologies. The Visual Basic .NET programming language is introduced.

          Semester 2

        * CET1210   -   004   -   Network Operating Systems I

          Prerequisite: CET 2320 The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge and skills to manage accounts and resources in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 environment. The course is intended for systems administrator and systems engineering candidates who are responsible for managing accounts and resources. These tasks include managing user, computer, and group accounts, managing access to network resources, managing printers, managing an organizational unit in a network based on Active Directory directory service, and implementating Group Policy to manage users and computers.

        * CET2400   -   005   -   Introduction To Routing

          Prerequisite: CET 2305 This course will introduce students to internetworking concepts. Topics to be covered include routing protocols, Cisco IOS commands, access control lists (ACLs), and network troubleshooting. Students will develop an understanding of internetworking terminology, concepts, requirements and standards. This is the second of three courses that prepares students to write the CCNA certification exam.

        * ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

          Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

        * ENG1752   -   002   -   Technical Writing II

          Prerequisite: ENG 1552 In this course, students refine their technical communication skills by preparing written and oral responses to a variety of work related situations. As well, students complete a resume and other projects to assist them with their employment search. In the context of Cambrian College's General Education program and Generic Skills Standards, the course provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of work and the economy and of the relationships among individuals and society.

        * MTH1188   -   003   -   Mathematics

          Oriented toward business data processing, this subject presents mathematical topics that are important to learners in the world of computing. The emphasis is on a logical and structured approach. Emphasis is also placed on a practical, hands-on approach rather than on complicated mathematical proofs.

        * STY1211   -   004   -   Applied Database Concepts

          An introduction to the basics of database design, this course uses Microsoft Access to reinforce database concepts. Students will gain an understanding of Access from a user perspective, while expanding their understanding of relational databases. Entity-relationship diagramming will be used to analyze and design the data found in typical business scenarios. Approximately 30% of the course will be "hands-on" Access 2003, with the remaining 70% concentrating on concepts.

          Semester 3
        * CET2310   -   004   -   Network Operating Systems II

          Prerequisite: CET 1210 This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data on a computer running one of the operating systems in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family.

        * CET2330   -   003   -   UNIX System Administration

          Prerequisite: CET 1100 This course will introduce the student to the tasks required of a UNIX or Linux system administrator. The student will require a reasonable level of skills with the common UNIX commands and utilities to become familiar with most of the basic system administration tools and processes. The student will obtain a fundamental understanding of a UNIX-based operating system, be comfortable with most aspects of UNIX systems administration. The student will be able to configure, manage and support a UNIX network infrastructure. Skills learned will be through hands-on projects and assignments. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to independently solve problems quickly and completely.

        * CET2340   -   004   -   LAN Switching and Wireless

          This course will help students develop an understanding of how switches are interconnected and configured to provide network access to LAN users.

        * CET2345   -   004   -   Accessing the WAN

          This course will help students develop an understanding of WAN technologies and security.

        * PSY2700   -   003   -   Client Comm. & Leadership Develop

          This course examines a number of psychological topics relevant to the work environment. This course is intended to provide the student with the skills necessary to lead and support clients in a variety of settings. Students will acquire knowledge about interpersonal communication theory and will have the opportunity to incorporate these skills in the development of their own personal leadership style. Topics include communication theory, self awareness, perception, listening, non-verbal behaviour, conflict management and negotiation skills, team building, group problem-solving and decision-making, and leadership. Students will be given the opportunity to assess their own values, beliefs, and biases for each of the areas studied.

          Semester 4

        * CET2420   -   004   -   Multi-Platform Environments

          Prerequisites: CET 2310, CET 2330 In this course, students learn the technical skills necessary to integrate services provided in multiple platforms such as Novell NetWare, UNIX/Linux, and Windows 2003. Topics include an introduction to Novell's Directory Service, network file system creation, NetWare installation, configuration, and administration. Multi-platform topics include Domain Name Service (DNS), Windows Internet Name Service (WINS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), IP Routing, Remote Access Services (RAS), Network Address Translation (NAT), TCP/IP, security concepts, Certificate Services, and Virtual Private Networking. Note: Students must also be registered in the Network Operating Systems II (CET2310) course.

        * CET2425   -   004   -   Network Infrastructure

          Prerequisite: CET 2310 This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to effectively maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data on a computer running one of the operating systems in the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 family.

        * CET3520   -   004   -   Building Scalable Networks

          Prerequisite: CET 3515 In this course, students will learn how to design, configure, maintain, and scale routed networks that are growing in size and complexity. They will be able to better select Cisco products and Cisco IOS services to implement policies that help to control traffic over LANs and WANs and connect private networks to service providers. Topics covered include CIDR, VLSM, NAT, DHCP, IP helper addresses, dynamic routing, static routing, default routing, single-area and, multi-area OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, route summarization, route redistribution, route filters, route maps, policy routing, BGP and network security. This is the first of four courses to help students attain the CCNP designation.

        * CET3621   -   004   -   Multi-Layer Switching

          Prerequisite: CET 3515 In this course, students will learn how to design, build, and manage campus networks using Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies. Students will understand how to deploy the required Cisco products and services to build reliable, scalable multilayer-switched LANs. Students will develop skills in the following areas: STP, VLANs, VTP, Inter-VLAN routing, Multi-layer switching, Redundancy, Multicasting, and Campus LAN security. Additional topics including Q0s issues and emerging transparent LAN services will be examined. This is the third of four courses designed to help students attain the CCNP designation.

        * STY2410   -   003   -   Website Management

          Prerequisite: STY 2305 This course will expand on the skills demonstrated in the previous Web Programming course by learning to develop server-side scripts that serve dynamic, data-bound web pages to users. Under the guidance of the professor, the learner will build web servers in both the Microsoft and Linux environments. Once the servers are built the student will learn to develop scripts that can allow for remote network administration, interacting with a database, or as a gateway to network resources.

          Semester 5

        * BUS3585   -   003   -   Entrepreneurship

          In the context of the College's General Education program, this course introduces the student to the key elements in the development of a business opportunity. The course demonstrates to the student how to investigate and develop the key ingredients of a successful business plan.

        * CET2415   -   003   -   Applied Project Management

          Prerequisite: CET 3515 This course will provide students with the insight needed to manage various aspects of project management (project integration, scope, time, costs, quality, communications, risk, and procurement management) and all five process groups (initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing information technology projects).

        * CET3511   -   004   -   Network Directory Services

          Prerequisite: CET 2425 This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the Windows 2003 Active Directory service, based on the information tested on the Microsoft certification exams. Students will learn the design and operation functions of Active Directory components such as domains, sites, and organizational units. Through laboratory and real-world hands-on assignments, students will implement, configure, and manage an Active Directory services deployment.

        * CET3540   -   004   -   Implementing Secure WANs

          This course focuses on the implementation of technologies to provide secure access over a Wide-Area Networks (WAN). Specifically, students learn how to configure broadband telecommuter access, enterprise WAN access using MPLS and IPSec/GRE Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Students will also learn how to secure and monitor their networking infrastucture using Security Device Manager and how to implement Intrusion Detection Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS).

        * CET3560   -   004   -   Optimize The Network Infrastructure

          This course focuses on the appropriate and optimal implementation of Quality of Service (QoS) features in an enterprise using a converged network. Specifically, students learn extensive QoS concepts to effectively design and configure a converged network using routers, switches, IP telephony, and wireless devices. Students will develop network skills required to best support current and future network applications.

          Semester 6

        * BUS1600   -   003   -   Customer Service

          This course will provide students with the knowledge and tools needed for success in dealing with customers. Students will be exposed to practical, real-world concepts and experiences along with suggestions for dealing with a variety of customer situations and problems.

        * CET3536   -   004   -   Securing The Network Infrastructure

          Prerequisite: CET 3515 This course focuses on the overall security processes based on a security policy with an emphasis on hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, secure connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. Topics covered include security design and management, security technologies, products and solutions, firewall and secure router design, installation, configuration and maintenance, AAA implementation using routers and firewalls, VPN implementation using routers and firewalls, and IDS implementation using routers and firewalls.

        * CET3600   -   005   -   Field Placement

          Prerequisite: All previous courses and a 2.0+ G.P.A. This course is designed to provide students with work experience through six weeks of practical work with a participating employer.

        * CET3615   -   003   -   Network Security

          Prerequisite: CET 2425 This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to begin supporting network security within an organization. Students who complete this course will be able to identify security threats and vulnerabilities and assist with responding to and recovering from secruity incidents.

        * ENG3410   -   003   -   Communications/Information Tech III

          Prerequisites: ENG 1710, ENG 2710 This course expands the range of communication skills developed in ENG 1710 - Communications for Information Technology I and ENG 2710 - Communications for Information Technology II. It prepares information technology students to complete the kinds of longer technical communications tasks often required in their professions, including a proposal, formal report, and presentation based on primary and secondary research conducted in the information technology field.

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