Computer Information Systems - Networking

Computer Information Systems - Networking

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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Networking Option The Networking option gives the student a technical understanding of computer systems and computer networking using the Cisco standard. The curriculum provides students with extensive course work in computer science and networking. This program is designed for students planning either to enter the workforce or to transfer to a baccalaureate institution for further study. To complete most computer assignments, students will need to use either BCC's computer laboratory or an off-campus computer. After completion of this program, students may become Cisco Certified. Related major at the baccalaureate level: computer science. This is a Joint Admissions eligible program (see page 12). Program Advisor: Greg Panczner, ext. 4574

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Graduation Requirements

Program Credits

CIS 102 Fundamentals Computer Literacy 4
CIS 124 C++ Programming I 4
CIS 125 C++ Programming II 4
CIS 153 Systems Operations 4
CIS 155 Web Development 3
CIS 180 Network Fundamentals 4
CIS 181 Router Protocols and Concepts 4
CIS 231 Computer Science I with Java 4
CIS 240 Local Area Network Switching 4
CIS 241 Accessing Wide Area Networks 4
CIS 255 Fundatmentals of Wirless LANS 3
Free Electives 3

NOTE: A minimum of three CIS courses must be taken in the five years prior to graduation.
General Education Credits

COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT Mathematics (1) 3
MAT 123 Elementary Statics 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3

Total Credits 66
Additional Requirements

Core Competencies Portfolio 15 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages
(overall and area of specialization) 2.0

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

Apply computer and networking methods, procedures and principles, and use equipment and software for the purpose of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining LAN's (local area networks) WANs (wide area networks) and Wireless Networks
Apply fundamental concepts of programming languages and software development to solve a diverse array of problems and recognize these concepts in different languages
Work effectively with others to design, develop, and troubleshoot enterprise networks
Communicate clearly, accurately and succinctly through written and verbal means
Apply technical concepts and principles to solve practical problems
Analyze and develop a plan to diagnose and solve technical networking problems
Act responsibly with integrity, self-confidence and professionalism
Apply critical thinking to evaluate alternative solutions in order to solve technical problems
(1) MAT requires MAT 102 or higher to meet program requirements.

(2) Computer Science Elective chosen from courses designated CIS.