Las Positas College

The Computer Networking Technology program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities including the networking field. CNT classes prepare students for Cisco CCNA and CCNP certification tests, Microsoft MCSE and MCSA tests, and CompTIA Net+, Security+ and A+ tests. Constantly evolving and modernizing classes include targeted skills training in Emerging Technologies like Wireless, VoIP, VPN, Computer Forensics, Incident Response, Network Security and OS Hardening. Many of these subjects have become basic required knowledge even in other career fields.

Available Courses

CNT 74.1 INTRODUCTION TO LINUX/UNIX, 4 UNITS [7401]

LINUX+ This course provides hands-on training covering basic installation, management, configuration, security, documentation and hardware topics for the Linux/UNIX operating system on workstations in a LAN environment. The objectives for basic certifications such as RHCT, CompTIA Linux+ are covered. Topics include desktop security objectives and major types of security vulnerabilities, physical security, file protection, basic system and network configuration, account security, logging, backups, Linux/UNIX desktop security features and useful utilities, detecting and preventing DOS attacks, hacking, authentication and data recovery. Students may enroll in CS 41 and/or CNT 74.01 (7401) for a total of two times for credit. Strongly recommended: CIS 50. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 69 NETWORK SECURITY SEC+ 3 UNITS

Following the Sec+ certification objectives, an introduction to the concepts and practices of secure network design and management using desktop and network operating systems, router and switch operating systems, hardware and software Firewall and VPN technology for wired and wireless systems. The program will include authentication methods and devices, protocol analysis and IP network troubleshooting, strategies for identifying and countering vulnerabilities, network medias and topologies in a secure network, intrusion detection and forensic incident response. Strongly recommended: CNT 62B, CCNA certification or equivalent. 2.5 hours lecture; 1.5 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 55 WINDOWS SERVER 2003 3 UNITS

In this class, students learn to install and configure the current Windows client workstation for a professional business network using virtualization and/or online using virtual labs. Students install applications and learn to configure laptop computers. Course content follows the Microsoft Official Academic course curriculum and is intended to prepare students to take the Microsoft client component of the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), or the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification exam. Topics include creation of user and group accounts, group policies, administrating access to shared resources, configuration of hardware devices, monitoring of system resources, troubleshooting, and ensuring data integrity and security. Strongly recommended: CNT 51B, and Computer Network Technology 52. 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 51A COMPTIA A+ ESSENTIALS 2 UNITS CERTIFICATION

Designed to take students from the just-a-user level to the I-can-fixit level for most common PC hardware issues. This class covers the objectives for the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam number 200-701: Hardware; Troubleshooting, Repair & Maintenance; Operating Systems & Software; Networking; Security; Operational Procedure. In addition, students learn communication skills and professionalism required of all entry-level IT professionals. Students will have the knowledge and skills required to identify hardware, peripheral networking, system problems and employ basic troubleshooting methodology, and practice proper safety procedures. Strongly recommended: CNT 50. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 51B COMPTIA A+ PRACTICAL 2 UNITS APPLICATION CERTIFICATION

This class covers the objectives for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application certification exam. This is the second of the two exams for the CompTIA A+ certification. It is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials Certification, with more of a hands-on orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems. Students learn to install, configure, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, the Windows OS and SOHO networks. Students utilize troubleshooting techniques and tools to effectively and efficiently resolve PC, OS, and network connectivity issues and implement security practices. Strongly recommended: CNT 51A. 2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 52 NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS 3 UNITS

This course is a foundation course that explains and describes how computer networks are designed, installed, and administrated. Introduction to communications concepts, data communications, networking, and Internetworking. Review of major network components: hardware, software, protocols (TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NETBEUI), topologies, and cabling. Overview of LAN administration, setup, and installation. Preparation for the Network+ certification exam. Students may receive credit for either CIS 66 or CNT 52, but are limited to a total of two times in any combination. Strongly recommended: CIS 50. 3 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 62A CISCO NETWORKING 4 UNITS ACADEMY CCNA I

This course covers the first 2 parts in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, and the objectives of the CCNA 640- 821 INTRO certification exam. This course will cover the fundamental of networking, including the OSI model and industry standards, concepts, network topologies, cabling, network hardware, basic network design, LANs, and network configuration and troubleshooting. It includes router and routing concepts and terminology including RIP, EIGRP, and IGRP routing protocols, distance vector and link state routing, routing loop issues, routing theory, TCP/ IP basics, IP addressing, subnetting, router IOS and configuration, switching concepts, CDP and SCMA-CD. Students will get handson experience configuring Cisco routers and switches. Students should have basic computer skills and knowledge of Internet use. Strongly recommended: CIS 50. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

 

CNT 62B CISCO NETWORKING 4 UNITS ACADEMY CCNA II

This course covers the third and fourth parts of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, and the objectives of the CCNA 640-811 ICND exam. It covers Internetwork topology and design, configuring LAN switches, STP, VLANs and trunking, TCP/ IP suite, VLSM / CIDR IP addressing and subnetting, advanced routing concepts and configuration for RIP, EIGRP, IGRP, and static routes. Also includes WANs using Frame Relay, ISDN, dial-on-demand routing, PPP, PAP/CHAP authentication, and network address translation. Network security, best practices, router-switch security, passwords, and remote access concepts. This class includes handson experience using Cisco routers and switches. Prerequisite: CNT 62A (completed with a grade of “C” or higher) or completion of Cisco Networking Academy 1 & 2 at a Cisco Academy. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

 

CNT 77.1 VMWARE, MICROSOFT AND XEN 4 UNITS [7701]

VIRTUAL MACHINES VMWare, Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual PC and XEN are virtualization software, more common every day. Using virtual machines gives huge savings in time, money, energy and resources for individuals and companies. Every power user and sysadmin needs to understand virtualization and the implications for the future of desktops and servers. This class covers Virtual Machine basics, concepts, and use. Strongly recommended: CIS 50. 3 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 70 COMPUTER FORENSICS II 3 UNITS

A practical course in the detection and investigation of incidents involving computers and digital information. Case oriented, following the objectives for the CFE Computer Forensics Examiner certification exam, the class includes understanding and practice in basic computer forensics, methods of investigation, analysis of hard drives, storage mediums, and network logs, and investigation reporting utilizing court-approved forensic software and tools. Strongly recommended: CIS 50 or CNT 68 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 75.1 WHITEHAT HACKER PENETRATION 4 UNITS [7501]

TESTING WhiteHat and Pen testing training covers the concepts, use and appropriate application of Penetration Testing software and utilities in Ethernet networks. Students will explore the ethical use of security tools and countermeasures. Students are required to sign the “White Hat Oath” agreement of Ethical and Professional Conduct. The course will include: Hacking methods, tools, their use and detection; penetration testing and countermeasures; exploits, vulnerability assessment in computers and networks, hands-on practice in a sandbox environment. Tools used include Wireshark, Whitehat/ Pentest tools for Windows, OSX, Linux. Strongly recommended: One of the following courses: CNT 67, CNT 69, CNT 62A, CNT 57, CNT 55 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

CNT 68 COMPUTER FORENSICS I 3 UNITS

A survey course in the detection, prevention and investigation of incidents involving computers and digital information, including cyber attacks and the use of computers to investigate crimes. The program will include introduction to computer forensics, incident response, methods of investigation, tracking persons and data, the secure analysis of hard drives and storage mediums, and IT security utilizing court-approved forensic software and tools. Strongly recommended: CIS 50 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours lecture. Transfer: CSU Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

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