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  • Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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    Online Start Date
    Sep 17, 2014

    Oct 15

    Online Start Date
    Oct 15, 2014

    Nov 12

    Online Start Date
    Nov 12, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Certificate Requirements

    IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include fundamental network design components, such as topologies and access methods, basic administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 

    Sample Project:

    A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.

    How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDjmm0btO8

     

    What's Next?

    The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.

      Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 28

    IT 286: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK SECURITY (5 Credits)

    This course covers current topics in network security, such as threat detection and response methods. Introductory topics, such as proxy servers, firewalls, and other threat detection and protection methods, will be discussed. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student's eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  273

    Dynamic Description:

    If you plan to pursue a career in security, this course covers the foundational information to help you succeed.* It explains IT security basics; malware and threat management; social engineering; risk and business continuity planning; cryptography; security policies and operational security; and the security administration. You will also be able to use the concepts in this course to study for the CompTIA Security+ Exam SYO-301.

    * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

     Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    Sample Projects:

    Exercise: Upload and Download Speed Test
    Search for Internet speed test or bandwidth test websites (ex: McAfee Speedometer or bandwidthplace.com) and test your current system for both download and upload speed. Take a screen capture of the response. Explain your results and how these results may change overtime.

    Exercise: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

    MBSA helps network administrators test the security state of their systems and detect problems with configuration and software updates. Research MBSA on Microsoft's website. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your system, you can download and run MBSA by following the instructions on the website. Take a screen capture of your results. Explain your results and any issues MSBA has identified.

    How does MBSA compare to Windows Update? If you cannot install MBSA on your system, research it on Microsoft's web site and write a summary of the features and results it generates.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 28

    IT 316: COMPUTER FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    This course provides an overview of computer forensic investigation principles, computer forensic software, and techniques for capturing and analyzing data from various digital storage media such as Apple iPads, GPS (Global Positioning System) devices, and portable USB devices. Students will understand the scientific principles behind forensic science and learn to apply those principles to the examination of digital evidence.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 28

    IT 390: INTRUSION DETECTION AND INCIDENCE RESPONSE (6 Credits)

    This course provides an introduction to the intrusion detection systems available to protect networks from cybercriminals. Students explore various security concepts and the basics of security attacks. Students install and configure various intrusion detection system tools. Topics include principles and classifications of intrusion detection systems, the incident response process, and response types. Additionally, the course presents insight into intrusion detection and forensics and incident response strategies required to protect critical assets.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 28

    IT 411: DIGITAL FORENSICS (6 Credits)

    In this course, students learn about computer forensics and techniques used to perform computer forensics examinations. Students learn how to gather and protect evidence used in prosecuting computer crimes. Topics in this course include acquiring digital evidence, bookmarking data, file signature analysis, hash analysis, and other forensic techniques. This course is designed, among other things, to provide the student with the requisite knowledge to sit for the EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE) exam. While the course may provide the student with the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee the student’s eligibility either to take this exam or become certified. 

    Prerequisites Required: IT 286

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 28
    Total Program Credits: 28

    Tuition & Fees: All Tracks

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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    Notice to Learning Center Students

    Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.

    Scholarships and Grants

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    Kaplan University tuition reductions (including active-duty, spouse, and veterans military tuition rates; scholarships; grants; vouchers; and alumni and alliance reductions) cannot be combined. 

    Tuition Rates for Military Students and Spouses

    Kaplan University has significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees for active-duty servicemembers, their spouses, and veterans. Click here for more information.
     

  • * Internet Crime Complaint Center, 2009 Internet Crime Report, on the Internet at www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2009_IC3Report.pdf.

    Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams.

    § This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

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