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Computer Networking - Technical Systems Support Option

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek and Springfield locations.

Information Technology is one of the fastest-growing career fields today.  The Technical Systems Support curriculum prepares students to support computer and network end users. This curriculum can assist students in preparing for the following certifications: CompTIA (A+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, Project+); Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist, and Cisco Certified Network Associate.

Technical Systems Support students can increase their learning (and earning) potential by participating in the cooperative education work-experience program. Through this program, students can spend up to two semesters working in the information technology field while earning college credits. Interested students should contact their academic advisor or the Office of Career Management for more information.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students, and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study.  Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Business degree in Technical Systems Support, a graduate will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of computer and network systems, terms, and concepts.
  • Setup, install, configure, and troubleshoot hardware/software for desktop computer systems.
  • Install, configure, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot server computer systems.
  • Install, configure, manage, and maintain network-based voice, audio, and video technologies.
  • Use and troubleshoot basic application software.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of computer and network security terms and concepts.

Scholastic Preparation
Technical Systems Support students need a high school algebra background equivalent to CPE 0600, Algebra I. Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800, Computer Fundamentals as a preparatory course before taking other computer courses. Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810, Keyboarding/Word Processing.

Degree Availability
This program is available during the day and evening. Contact your academic advisor about an evening curriculum guide. Some classes may be offered on Saturdays, however the entire degree can not be completed on weekends.

Transfer Options

Students enrolled in Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Course Title Credits
Fall
NTK 1110 PC Hardware Essentials 3
NTK 1120 PC Operating Systems Essentials 3
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications * 3
-- Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (GA) ** 3
 
Spring
NTK 1211 Convergence Technology I 3
NTK 1212 Convergence Technology II 3
CSE 1110 Introduction to CyberSecurity 3
CSE 1120 CyberSecurity - Security + 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
 
Fall
NTK 2100 Cisco - Network Fundamentals 3
NTK 2220 Microsoft Client Administration 3
NTK 2222 Administering Microsoft Server 3
MGT 2000 Introduction to Project Management 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
-- ITS Electives*** 3
 
Spring
NTK 2210 Linux Client Administration 3
NTK 2212 Linux Server Administration 3
NTK 2890 Computer Networking Capstone or Co-op Electives 3
-- ITS Electives*** 6
-- Arts/Humanities or Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
 
  Total Credit Hours 69

* Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses.  Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810 before taking a computer class.

** At least one social/behavioral science or arts/humanities elective must be a global awareness (GA) course.

*** a minimum of 9 hours of technical electives must be taken.  At least 6 hours must come from ITS courses not already prescribed.  They may not include ITS 0800, ITS 0810, ITS 1100, ITS 1200.  Three additional hours may also come from EBE classes (except EBE 1100).  The EBE classes consist of Employability Skills and co-op/internship opportunities.