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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
    May 14, 2014

    Jun 11

    Online Start Date
    Jun 11, 2014

    Jul 02

    Online Start Date
    Jul 02, 2014

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  • Curriculum: All Tracks

    Certificate Requirements

    IT 190: FOUNDATIONS IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (5 Credits)

    Students will explore the basic concepts of information technology including hardware, software, and networks. The student will gain a practical understanding of how computer hardware and operating systems work. Topics include personal computer configuration and maintenance, along with the fundamentals of system software installation and administration.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Dynamic Description:

    Having a foundational understanding of computers and computer concepts is imperative to today's information technology (IT) professional. Whether you have chosen to pursue a career in programming, health informatics, web design, networking, etc., understanding how a computer works both inside and out will prepare you for a successful career in IT.

    In this course, you will learn some of the fundamentals of computers. Possible topics include:

    •  How society is affected and changed by computers
    •  How a computer operates; binary code, operating systems, different applications
    •  Hardware that makes up a computer and how the different computer specifications may affect your choices
    •  How computers communicate and the hardware and software required to network computers together
    • Different types of networks and how to protect those networks from both physical and logical failure
    • Ethical issues that affect computer users every day

    Sample Project:

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    What's Next?

    Computer literacy is a required skill for competing in today's work force. It provides a foundation for any computer related career from accounting to networking. Having the fundamental skills required to use computers is just the first step in developing a successful future.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 21
    Total Program Credits: 21

    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: 21
    Total Program Credits: 21

    IT 275: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This introductory Linux course prepares students to install, configure, and administer Linux as a network operating system. Students learn both command line and graphical user interface administration with full-feature Linux distributions. Emphasis is placed on applied skills that address real-world challenges such as managing file structure, network services, and system security.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 21
    Total Program Credits: 21

    IT 374: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION II (6 Credits)

    This advanced Linux course builds on the skills learned in IT 275. Students configure a Linux production system for authentication, network services, security, backup, and recovery. By completing lab exercises, students learn to monitor performance and set up SAMBA and Apache. The use of GUI and command line tools to troubleshoot client and server connectivity is also covered.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 275

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 21
    Total Program Credits: 21

    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.

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  • * 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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