Computer Network Specialist
SACMDA-SA Catalog for Program
San Antonio College of Medical & Dental Assistants
Information Technology Department

The objective of the Computer Network Specialist program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for an entry-level position in the field of information technology. This program includes general education instruction in English, technical math, human relations and ethics, oral communication, written communication and computer applications. This program also provides specialized instruction in computer hardware and software installation and configuration, troubleshooting, maintaining procedures in microcomputer and networking environments, with focus on the Windows operating systems. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a diploma.

Graduates of this program may install, configure, troubleshoot, and support current computer hardware and peripherals. Graduates may provide systems administration and support for network office computer systems, develop and maintain basic configurations for local and wide area network systems, and systems requirements for file sharing and workgroup applications. They may also provide database management support.

Curriculum

Course 

Clock Hours
Lecture/Lab

Credit
Hours

UNIT A
CS 706 Introduction to Computers and Application Software 30.0 30.0 3.0
CS 701 English 60.0 0.0 4.0
CS 705 Technical Mathematics 60.0 0.0 4.0
CS 707 A+ Certification Presentation 60.0 60.0 6.0
UNIT B
CS 704 Human Relations and Ethics 60.0 0.0 4.0
CS 703 Oral Presentation 45.0 0.0 4.0
CS 708 MS Windows Development 30.0 30.0 3.0
CS 709 MS Windows Operating Systems 30.0 30.0 3.0
CS 711 Introduction to Networking 30.0 45.0 3.5
UNIT C
CS 702 Written Communication 60.0 0.0 3.0
CS 710 Integrated Applications 30.0 30.0 3.0
CS 712 Implementing and Supporting Windows Network Operating Systems (NOS) 60.0 60.0 6.0
CS 713 Network Administration 30.0 30.0 3.0
TOTAL 585.0 315.0 49.5

The length of the Computer Network Specialist program is 900 clock hours over a 36-week period for day students, and 900 clock hours over a 56-week period for night students. All students must complete the program with 49.5 semester credit hours.

Class Schedule

Day Classes
Units A, B, & C Monday through Friday for five hours per day from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Night Classes
Units A, B, & C Monday through Thursday for four  hours per day from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Breaks
All classes break for 10 minutes each hour

Course Descriptions

CS 701 English
4.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides a detailed review of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence construction with an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge and composition. Contemporary language and technical writing rules appropriate to the business environment are covered in depth.

CS 702 Written Communication
4.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course emphasizes composition and formatting of standard business documents, reports, and other technical documents. Proofreading skills will be learned and practiced throughout. In addition to other technical documents, each student will complete a resume and transmittal letter. A computer word processing program will be used for document production.

CS 703 Oral Presentation
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides instruction and practical application of effective oral communication and persuasive speech techniques. It includes gaining knowledge of effective informal oral communication, formal presentation, and non-verbal communication. Additionally, the student will learn oral communication for job interviews.

CS 704 Human Relations and Ethics
4.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides instruction in the psychology of interpersonal relations and sociology of working relations in a business environment, and a study of business ethics. Situational analysis is provided by practical application to reinforce knowledge. Career planning is covered through personal goal setting and achievement techniques.

CS 705 Technical Mathematics
4.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides a review of basic math and algebraic principles and their practical use in the business world, including average and percentages for business performance and statistical analysis, bookkeeping, and basic financial statement. Numbering systems typical for computer operations are also covered.

CS 706 Introduction to Computers and Applications Software
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides instruction in basic computer terminology, including hardware components and software types. Orientation to commonly used word processing, spreadsheet. database, and presentation applications software is given.

CS 707 A+ Certification Presentation
6.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides training in computer hardware components, and the installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting which prepares the student for A+ certification. The course specifically focuses on serving and supporting computers using the MS-DOS/ Windows 3.x operating environment.

CS 708 MS Windows Development
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides training and the hands-on experience and skills necessary to develop simple database applications using Microsoft Access. Students will plan, design, implement, and control file structures in a database environment.

CS 709 MS Windows Operating Systems
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course will introduce students to the graphical user interface of Windows and will provide basic internal knowledge of the operation of Windows. Successful completion of this course may qualify the student to take a Microsoft certification exam.

CS 710 Integrated Applications
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides instruction in applications program integration in the Windows operating environment using OLE and other linking methodologies. Introduction to network file sharing and workgroup applications is provided.

CS 711 Introduction to Networking
3.5 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides instruction and training in local/wide area networks, intranet/internet, basic network operating systems, and configuration. Network administration, support, and problem solving are practiced. Successful completion of this course may qualify the student to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CS 712 Implementing and Supporting Windows Network Operating Systems (NOS)
6.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides students with the knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary to install, configure, customize, and troubleshoot Microsoft Windows NOS in a single-domain NOS-based network. Successful completion of this course may qualify students to take a Microsoft certification exam.

CS 713 Network Administration
3.0 Semester Credit Hours
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform post-installation and day-to-day NOS administration tasks in single-domain and multiple-domain networks. Successful completion of this course may qualify the student to take a Microsoft certification exam.


This program is represented to lead to multiple job opportunities and is not meant to lead to any particular outcome, including that specified in the program title. Although the College will assist the student with job placement, finding a job is the ultimate responsibility of the student. The College does not guarantee that any student will be placed in any particular job, or at all.

General Class Information


Last updated: Thursday, April 25, 2002

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