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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
    Jan 07, 2015

    Feb 04

    Online Start Date
    Feb 04, 2015

    Feb 25

    Online Start Date
    Feb 25, 2015

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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: 26
    Total Program Credits: 26

    IT 261: DESKTOP ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    This course prepares networking students to install, configure, and administer a desktop operating system. You will learn to automate operating system installation, set up and manage user accounts, and configure local file systems. You will learn to configure and troubleshoot both local and network printers, manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders, and recover from system failures.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 190

    In this course, students will have the opportunity to set up and manage user accounts, troubleshoot system failures, and set up desktop operating systems.

    Some important skill sets to which learners will be exposed in the desktop administrations course include:

    • The basics of desktop administration
    • How to troubleshoot local and network printers
    • How to manage and troubleshoot access to shared folders
    • How to recover from system failures
    • How to set up and manage user accounts
    • How to back up system and user files

    Sample Project:

    Students are required to take a screen capture of the Action Center. The students are required to describe how they would configure each of the settings for a Windows 7 Professional Edition computer attached to a company network. Students are required to detail how to back up system files and user files.

    What's Next?

    After learning the basics of desktop administration, it is important to continue to develop your skill set. Students can take advanced courses in networking.

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 26
    Total Program Credits: 26

    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: 26
    Total Program Credits: 26

    IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION (5 Credits)

    In many organizations, the network administrator is the wizard behind the curtain. Network connections between users and computers seem to magically perform the transmissions required for daily operations. In this course, you are introduced to basic network administration. You install and configure a network operating system in a virtualized environment and practice administrative tasks. You perform hands-on exercises demonstrating server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings.

    Prerequisites Required: IT 273

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 26
    Total Program Credits: 26

    IT 375: WINDOWS ENTERPRISE ADMINISTRATION (6 Credits)

    This advanced course in Microsoft Windows enterprise administration prepares students to install, configure, and manage key network services and Active Directory. Students perform administrative tasks, such as network service installation and configuration, Active Directory installation, Group Policy design and configuration, and configuration of network and Active Directory security. Students learn the theory behind Active Directory design and operation, and complete hands-on labs and projects that develop the skills needed for real-world settings.

    Prerequisites Required:

    IT  278

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 26
    Total Program Credits: 26

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  • * Operating System Market Share, Net Applications, May 2010, on the Internet at http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=8.

    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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