Network Systems Administration Associate's Degree

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Network Systems Administration Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

  • Operating Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Cisco Network Routing and Switching
  • Networking Security
  • Logic and Troubleshooting
  • Hardware and Software I
  • Hardware and Software II
  • Administering Windows Server
  • Windows Directory Services
  • Network Systems Administration Capstone
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Linux Administration
  • Managing Information Security

In the course, students learn how operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and the Mac OS X are a fundamental component of all computing systems. This course explores how operating systems are responsible for managing the running processes as well as the sharing of system resources such as the printers and storage over network infrastructures. The course provides an in-depth exploration of the design and implementation of modern operating systems. Topics include the evolution of operating systems, scheduling, paging, input/output devices, virtual memory, files, synchronization, and security.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CDA 1330C
Credits: 4

This course covers analysis and design of information systems including networks, server environments, and business solutions. Students will be exposed to different projects that have complex systems and be asked to create analysis and design documents and diagrams. Improving the efficiency of systems will be a primary goal of this course.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: CDA 2725C
Credits: 3

This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: CET 2522C
Credits: 3

This course introduces students to general security concepts including authentication methods, cryptography basics, and common network attacks and how to safeguard against them. Students will learn to create secure communications for remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. They will understand the concepts of physical security and disaster recovery. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce the course materials.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Networks

Course ID: CET 2660C
Credits: 3

This course provides students a strong base of Critical Thinking and troubleshooting methodologies for assessing situations and applying logical reasoning to various scenarios. The materials contained within this course will assist in building the students' ability to form reasonable hypotheses for solving problems of a technical nature.


Course ID: CIS 1308
Credits: 4

This course will introduce students to the installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of end-user personal computer hardware (including laptops and mobile devices) and the software used to support the hardware. Additional topics covered include the relationship between computer hardware and software, computer networks and peripherals, virus protection, and maintenance planning. Finally, the student will learn about and conduct the responsibilities of a professional PC technician. To reinforce the materials in this course, the instructor will assign direct hands-on projects to be performed in a physical or remote lab setting. This course helps prepare students to take the first part of the A+ certification exam.


Course ID: CIS 1538C
Credits: 4

This course is a continuation of Hardware and Software I, which prepared students for the first part of the CompTIA A+ exam. This course will prepare students for the second part of the CompTIA A+ exam, focusing on operating systems, file management, security, and troubleshooting. Using the Windows operating system, students will learn how to set up printers, file sharing, and troubleshoot problems related to the same. Operating system security and methods to prevent intrusion will be discussed. Concepts of virtualization, and other common operating systems will be introduced.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software I

Course ID: CIS 1648C
Credits: 4

This course provides introductory coverage to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate servers in a networked computing environment. In addition this course will emphasize the use of proper server roles based on business requirements. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce course materials.

Prerequisites: Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CIS 1710C
Credits: 4

This course provides an In-depth coverage of the skills necessary to install, configure, and administer Network Directory services in a virtualized environment. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, online assignments, and hands-on labs to reinforce course materials.

Prerequisites:Administering Windows Server

Course ID: CIS 2647C
Credits: 4

This course summarizes key learning throughout the student’s program. Students apply what they’ve learned by solving a real-world programming problem. This problem-solving exercise encompasses timelines, deadlines, team-building, and communication issues.

Prerequisites:Expected to be the final lower-level core course completed

Course ID: CIS 2960C
Credits: 2

This course introduces the foundation to understanding computer networks, including structure and function, components, and models of Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), and the Internet. Students will learn the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts like IP addressing, protocols, hardware, and network topologies. Students will learn basic configuration of network devices and apply basic troubleshooting techniques. A variety of hands-on activities and simulations will be used.

Prerequisites:Hardware and Software II

Course ID: CNT 1244C
Credits: 3

This course is designed to introduce the Linux operating system. The students will learn to install, configure, maintain, administer, and use programming features of the Linux operating system. Students will learn how to download and install source application from the internet, run Windows emulation, and apply Linux in the enterprise network system. This course uses a combination of reading, lecture, Internet-based research, and lab work to reinforce the course materials. Further, this course helps prepare students to take an industry accepted Linux + certification exam.

Prerequisites:Operating Systems

Course ID: CTS 2321
Credits: 3

Information security is not only an IT issue, but a management issue as well. Therefore, this course introduces students to a detailed examination of the systems-wide perspective of information security. They begin with the strategic planning process for security, which includes an examination of the policies, procedures, and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in an organization. Course subjects include security practices, security architecture and models, continuity planning and disaster recovery planning. This course is one step in helping students prepare to take the SSCP certification exam.

Prerequisites:Networking Security

Course ID: ISM 2321
Credits: 3

General Education Courses

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

The course objective is to learn the core skills of English composition and how to apply those skills to become effective writer and engaged reader; gain proficiency with all of the steps in the writing process while creating original compositions in the narrative, the informative, and the argumentative modes; and learn how to read in an active, inquisitive manner and analyze the rhetorical situation of a text or the student’s own compositions.


Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (*Required, select 1 additional course)

  • Communicating in Your Profession
  • Locating and Evaluating Information

This course teaches communication theory and skills for developing professional documents and oral presentations for audiences in diverse workplace communities and disciplines. To equip students to communicate effectively, this course emphasizes thinking and writing within global contexts, in collaborative situations, and in various electronic environments.

Prerequisites:Passing grade in Developmental Education coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM 1388*
Credits: 4

This course provides a broad overview of information literacy concepts by introducing skills for locating, evaluating, and ethically using a variety of resources for a specific purpose. The course begins with the information cycle and the production of information, followed by the identification of a topic & research question, and the selection, evaluation, and integration of sources into an annotated bibliography.


Course ID: COM 1865*
Credits: 2

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 1 of the following, and 2 additional courses)

  • Essential Statistics and Analytics

In this course students will be introduced to descriptive analytics. They will develop basic statistical literacy along with the ability to analyze and evaluate real-life problems using statistical methods. Students will learn to organize and present quantitative data by means of graphical and numerical methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and sampling distributions.

Prerequisites:Satisfactory score on placement exam or passing grade in Practical Math or Combined Basic and intermediate Algebra

Course ID: STA 1625
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 3 courses)

Total Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 46

Major and Core Credits: 44

Total Associate Degree Credits: 90

Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

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