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COMPUTER NETWORKING



CNET 1000 -- IT Exploration,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course introduces students to major IT career disciplines. It is intended for students exploring a career in IT
and helps identify specific areas of interest. The four areas include systems infrastructure and networking,
security, application development, and analytics. Students participate in hands-on activities that help them learn
the concepts related to these career areas.


CNET 1100 -- Introduction to Information Technology,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This course covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software and advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an IT professional. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a networked environment. Topics also include mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones and client-side virtualization. Hands-on lab activities are an essential element of the course.


CNET 1105 -- Introduction to Cybersecurity,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This course explores the broad topic of cybersecurity. Topics include how to protect personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why many IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding. Participants are exposed to various aspects of cybersecurity in a very broad, easy-to-understand way. Students will learn the value of securing data, both for themselves and the organization. This course will introduce basic concepts of risk management, security policies, common threats and countermeasures. Best practices in access control and password policies will also be covered.


CNET 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


CNET 1212 -- Client Operating Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This course focuses on teaching configuration and administrative tasks performed on the client computer in a business environment. Hands-on activities in the laboratory closely parallel classroom discussion to give the student practical experience with the use and management of client operating systems. Topics include operating system installation and configuration, file systems, resource management, user management, and security. This course helps prepare students for select Microsoft Windows certification exams.


CNET 1213 -- Server Operating Systems,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 1212 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This course introduces students to real-world tasks using a server operating system. Students have the opportunity to exhibit competence through performing installation, configuration, and management tasks in a Windows Server environment. Technologies used include storage services, network services, file and print, virtualization, high availability, Active Directory, and group policies. This course helps prepare students for select Microsoft Windows Server certification exams.


CNET 2101 -- Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites (must have a grade of C or better): Math 0250 with a grade of C or better or appropriate score on the Math Placement test

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks. The principles of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.


CNET 2110 -- Principles of IT Security,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 1105 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This course introduces the fundamentals of network security, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography. The course covers new topics in network security as well, including psychological approaches to social engineering attacks, Web application attacks, penetration testing, data loss prevention, cloud computing security, and application programming development security. This course is also a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to take the CompTIA Security+ Certificate exam.


CNET 2114 -- Fundamentals of Linux/UNIX,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Computer proficiency

This course develops an understanding of how to use and operate a Linux operating system. The class is for new users of the Linux operating environment and helps prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exam. Major topics discussed in the course are: Linux history, the Linux desktop, resources, working with the command line, run-levels, user administration, and network configuration.


CNET 2125 -- System Virtualization,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Computer proficiency

This course explores the world of system virtualization. Using an innovative approach, the course takes virtualization to the next level by showing how it is used to build demonstration networks. The use of current technologies, such as VMWare and Hyper-V, ensures that students will be prepared for today's workplace. This course explores the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere®, which consists of VMware ESXi¿ and VMware vCenter Server¿. Extensive activities and exercises throughout the course provide ample opportunity for hands-on practice.


CNET 2200 -- Network Forensics,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites (must have a grade of C or better): CNET 2110

This course introduces the knowledge and skills needed for a Security Analyst. It teaches core security skills needed for monitoring, detecting, investigating, analyzing, and responding to security events, thus protecting systems and organizations from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities.


CNET 2205 -- Fundamentals of Wireless LANS,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Cnet 2301

This course focuses on the design, planning, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of Wireless LANs. The class includes a comprehensive overview of technologies, security, and design best practices. Fundamentals of Wireless LANs also helps prepare students for the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification.


CNET 2215 -- Managing Network Security,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course provides a comprehensive overview of building and maintaining security appliances (e.g. firewalls) in a business environment. It is designed for students who need to learn and implement the basics of network security. It covers basic installation techniques, discusses how to make intelligent technology choices, and presents basic troubleshooting. Specific topics covered include: planning/design, security, configuration, packet filtering, proxy servers, authentication, encryption, virtual private networks (VPN), and intrusion detection/prevention systems (IDS/IPS).


CNET 2230 -- Ethical Hacking,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2110 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: General computer proficiency

This class demonstrates the ethical use of various "white hat" cyber penetration testing tools and techniques consistent with Ethical Hacking training. Network tools and techniques take place in an enclosed "sandbox" environment. Students are exposed to various computer hacking skills and analyze various protective measures and their effectiveness. Students will learn about the entire penetration testing process including planning, reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and result reporting. The course will provide the fundamental information associated with each of the methods employed and insecurities identified. In all cases, remedial techniques will be explored. Students will develop an understanding of current cybersecurity issues and ways that user, administrator, and programmer errors can lead to exploitable insecurities.


CNET 2297 -- Field Experience and Seminar,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: Permission of program director

Provides opportunities for students to develop professional skills in the area of networking by integrating 4-hour long seminars with supervised productive work experiences (40 hours of work per credit hour) in cooperating organizations. Through this interaction, students enhance their academic knowledge, persist in the continuation of their education, and enhance personal and professional development. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 11 credits.


CNET 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


CNET 2301 -- Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: CNET 2101 with a grade of C or better

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.


CNET 2303 -- Scaling Networks (CCNA 3),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a large and complex network. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, STP, and VTP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement DHCP and DNS operations in a network.


CNET 2304 -- Connecting Networks (CCNA 4),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisite: CNET 2301 with a grade of C or better

This course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.


CNET 2320 -- Unified Communications/VoIP,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: CNET 2303 with a grade of C or better

This course introduces the basic concepts of Unified Communication (UC) / Voice over IP (VoIP) and contrasts them with circuit switch telephony. Through class lectures, labs, discussions, and supplementary materials, the student will be able to understand the architecture, protocols and key attributes and considerations required to engineer integrated voice and data networks. Case studies will also be used to show real world examples of the technology in use as well as next-generation applications.


CNET 2401 -- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Must have attended ICDN (Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices) or ICRS (Introduction to Cisco Routers) or CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate); OR must have installed at least two Cisco routers and/or switches; OR taken semesters 1 & 2 from a Cisco Network Academy.
Students in this course will learn to install, configure, and maintain basic Cisco networks for LAN, WAN, and internet. Course topics include open systems networking layers, LAN/WAN configurations, routing protocols, managing access lists and routing/switching/bridging within networks. Activities include hands-on practice labs.


CNET 2490 -- Industry Certification,   credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Completion of CNET core coursework

This course fulfills the requirement for taking an IT industry certification as part of the MnSCU technical skill attainment initative as part of the Minnesota Career and Technical Education (CTE) Assessment Project. Students will review the certification exam taking process and prepare for exam day.