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

This course list provides an overview of courses per college course catalogs. Not all of the courses listed use NETLAB+. For complete information, please see the individual college website.

CNT 51 - COMPTIA A+ CERTIFICATION - 4 UNITS

This course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the industry demand for entry-level PC Technicians. Tis course covers PC hardware, software, security, networking, laptops, printers, operational procedures, operating systems, security, troubleshooting, and mobile devices. Te students will study the topics needed to become certified PC technicians. Preparation for the CompTIA A+ certification, which verifies knowledge equivalent to that of an entry-level ICT (Information and Communications Technology) technician with about 12 months of hands-on experience. Te responsibilities of an ICT professional will be introduced. Strongly Recommended: CNT 50

CNT 52 - NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS - 3 UNITS

This course provides an introduction to computer networking fundamentals skills needed to meet the industry demand for entry level Network Technicians. Topics include: Ethernet network fundamentals, Local Area Networks (LANs), and Wide Area Networks (WAN) Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, wiring implementations, network adapters and connectivity devices, IPv4/IPv6 addressing, Voice over IP (VoIP), and wireless standards. Tools to help prevent cyber attacks with IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems), authentication, and encryption are demonstrated. Student labs include: configuration of a SOHO (Small Office/Home Office), a firewall, a virtual private network (VPN), a switch, and a router and documenting a networking using professional drawing software. Te responsibilities of an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) professional will be introduced. Tis course prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam. Tis professional certification verifies the student has the knowledge equivalent to that of an ICT technician with about 12 months of hands-on experience. Strongly Recommended: CIS 50

CNT 54 - ADMINISTERING WINDOWS CLIENT - 4 UNITS

In this class, students learn to install, configure, and manage the current Windows client workstation for a professional business network using virtualization and/or online using virtual labs. 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 Solutions Associate (MCSA) or the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification exam. Topics include configuring device drivers, access control, networking, storage, apps, remote management, updates, data recovery, authentication, and advanced management tools. Strongly Recommended: CNT 51, CNT 52

CNT 55 - INSTALLING & CONFIGURING WINDOWS SERVER MCSA I - 3 UNITS

This course prepares the students for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, and is the first of a series of three exams which validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. Tis course focuses on skills for real jobs and prepares students to master core services such as Active Directory and networking services. Tis course also covers such skills as: Managing Active Directory Domain Services Objects, Automating Active Directory Domain Services Administration, Implementing Local Storage, Implementing File and Print Services, Implementing Group Policy, and Implementing Server Virtualization with Hyper-V. Strongly Recommended: CNT 52. 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. Transfer: CSU.

CNT 56 - ADMINISTERING WINDOWS SERVER MCSA II - 3 UNITS

This Administering Windows Server course covers the second of three exams required for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. The three MCSA exams collectively validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, maintaining, and provisioning services in a Windows Server environment. Tis course prepares students to prove mastery of services such as user and group management, network access, and data security. In addition, this course also covers: Implementing a Group Policy Infrastructure, Managing User and Service Accounts, Maintaining Active Directory Domain Services, Configuring and Troubleshooting DNS, Remote Access, Network Policy Server Role, Optimizing File Services, Increasing File System Security, and Implementing Update Management. Strongly Recommended: CNT 52

CNT 57 - MS SERVER ADVANCED SERVICES MCSA III - 3 UNITS

This course prepares the students for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, and is the third of a series of three exams which validate the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server Infrastructure into an existing enterprise environment. The three MCSA exams collectively validate the skills and knowledge necessary for implementing, managing, maintaining and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server environment. Tis course focuses on skills for real jobs and prepares students to master Advanced Windows Server Services such as tasks necessary to deploy, manage, and maintain a Windows Server infrastructure. Tis course also includes these topics: Implementing Advanced Network Services, Implementing Advanced File Services, Implementing Dynamic Access Control, Implementing Network Load Balancing, Implementing Failover Clustering, Implementing Disaster Recovery, Implementing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). Strongly Recommended: CNT 52, CNT 56.

CNT 62A - CISCO NETWORKING ACADEMY CCNA I - 4 UNITS

This course covers the first half of the CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification curriculum, and the objectives of the Cisco CCENT certification exam. CNT62B covers the second half. CNT62A will cover the fundamentals 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 OSPF, RIP, EIGRP routing protocols, distance vector and link state routing, routing loop issues, routing theory, TCP/IP basics, IPv4 and v6 addressing, VLSM, CIDR, subnetting, router IOS and configuration, switching concepts, CDP and CSMA-CD. Students will get hands-on experience configuring Cisco routers and switches. Students should have strong 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 ACADEMY CCNA II - 4 UNITS

This course covers the second half of the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum, and the objectives of the CCNA and ICND exams. It covers internetwork topology and design, configuring LAN switches, STP, VLANs and trunking, TCP/IP suite, VLSM / CIDR, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and subnetting, advanced routing concepts and configuration for RIP, IRPng, OSPF EIGRP, HSRP, and static routes. Also includes WANs using Frame Relay, PPP, PAP/CHAP authentication, and network address translation. Network security, best practices, router/switch security, passwords. Prerequisite: CNT 62A with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 67 - WIFI CISCO & CWNA - 3 UNITS

Subjects covered include: wireless networks, access, modems, routers, firewalls, war-driving, security, compatibility, site survey and network planning, basic network administration, basic network troubleshooting, and objectives for the Cisco and CWNA wireless certifications. Tis course will prepare students to plan, purchase, and install a small to medium-sized wireless or WIFI and secure it, and meets the needs of small businesses, SOHO (Small Office, Home Office) workers, telecommuters, and home wireless networks. Strongly Recommended: CIS 50 or CNT 55.

CNT 68 - DIGITAL FORENSICS FUNDAMENTALS - 3 UNITS

A practical course in Digital Forensics; the detection, and investigation of incidents involving computers, networks, the Internet, and digital information. Case oriented, following the objectives for the CFE Computer Forensics Examiner certification exam and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), the class includes understanding and practice in basic computer forensics, methods of investigation, analysis of storage media, logs, and tracking persons and data, using court-approved evidence collection tools. Also covered, computer forensics as a profession; the computer investigation process, and technical writing. Strongly Recommended: CIS 66 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 69 - NETWORK SECURITY SEC+ - 3 UNITS

This course follows the CompTIA Security+ certification objectives, and provides 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 51B with a minimum grade of C and/or CIS 50 with a minimum grade of C and CNT 51 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 72 - CISCO BOOTCAMP CERTIFICATION PREP - 2 UNITS

This course covers preparation for the Cisco certification exams CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry-level Network Technician) and CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) exams. All Cisco certification exam objectives are covered conceptually, practically and specifically as they relate to the exam. Effective troubleshooting and Cisco recommended methods and nomenclature are reviewed and practiced. Topics include: basic characteristics of Ethernet networks, LANs and WANs, Cisco router and switch configuration and IOS, RIP, OSPF, IGRP and EIGRP routing protocols, PPP, ISDN and Frame Relay concepts and configuration, IP network addressing, Switching, VLANS, VLSM, CIDR and network troubleshooting using Cisco methods and router and switch commands, and certification test methods, practice and preparation. Strongly Recommended: CNT 8001 with a minimum grade of C, CNT 8002 with a minimum grade of C or the equivalent industry experience.

CNT 7284 - INFORMATION STORAGE AND MANAGEMENT - 4 UNITS

Comprehensive study of storage technology in complex IT environments, with emphasis on the exam topics for the EMC Information Storage Associate Certification (EMCISA). Theory and hands-on activities of storage systems, storage networking technologies, archives, cloud computing, storage security, and managing storage infrastructure. Strongly Recommended: CNT 62A with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 7285 - CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES - 3 UNITS

This course covers the objectives of the CompTIA Cloud+ and EMC E20-002 Cloud Infrastructure and Services certification exams. Topics included are cloud deployment and service models, cloud infrastructure, and the key considerations in migrating to cloud computing, including compute, storage, networking, desktop and application virtualization. Additional areas of focus are backup/ recovery, business continuity, security, and management. Strongly Recommended: CNT 52 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 7301 - VOIP: CISCO & ASTERISK IP PHONES - 4 UNITS

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) offers a cost-effective alternative to plain old telephone service. Tis class covers VoIP planning and configuration basics and objectives for the Cisco and Asterisk certification tests. Extensive use is made of open source VoIP systems as a mechanism for practice implementation of VoIP in a network environment. Tis class is for all business, SOHO and computer users interested in using this technology, and will serve as a practical hands-on guide to the purchase and setup of hardware and software for Internet phones and the broadband Internet services required to support them, as well as covering objectives for certification exams.

Strongly Recommended: CIS 50.

CNT 7401 - INTRO TO LINUX/LPI LINUX+ CERTIFICATION - 3 UNITS

This course provides hands-on training covering basic installation, management, configuration, documentation and hardware topics for the Linux/UNIX operating system on workstations in a network environment. Te course includes comprehensive coverage of topics related to Linux distributions, installation, administration, X-Windows, and networking. Students who have completed or are enrolled in Computer Science 41 may not receive credit. Strongly Recommended: CIS 50 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 7501 - ETHICAL HACKING - 3 UNITS

This course introduces the network security specialist to the various methodologies for attacking a network. Students will be introduced to the concepts, principles, and techniques, supplemented by hands-on exercises, for attacking and disabling a network. These methodologies are presented within the context of properly securing the network. Te course will emphasize network attack methodologies with the emphasis on student use of network attack techniques and tools and appropriate defenses and countermeasures. Students will receive course content information through a variety of methods: lecture and demonstration of hacking tools will be used in addition to an virtual environment. Students will receive a hands-on practical approach in penetration testing measures and ethical hacking. Strongly Recommended: CNT 52 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 7701 - VIRTUALIZATION: VMWARE, HYPER-V, CITRIX - 2 UNITS

Upon completion of this course, the students will have covered the topics required for taking the examination to become a VMware Certified Professional. Tis hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware virtualization products. Tis class also covers Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix virtualization technologies.
Strongly Recommended: CIS 50 with a minimum grade of C, CNT 55 with a minimum of C, CNT 8001 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 8001 - INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKS (CCNA1) - 3 UNITS

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Te course uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. Te principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; performing basic configurations of network devices, including routers and switches; and implementing IP addressing schemes. Tis course is preparation for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. It also covers the first half of the CCENT Cisco Certified Entry-Level Network Technician Associate Cisco CCENT certification exam. CNT62B covers the second half. Students will get hands-on experience configuring Cisco routers and switches. Students should have strong basic computer skills and knowledge of Internet use. Strongly Recommended: CIS 50

CNT 8002 - ROUTING AND SWITCHING ESSENTIALS (CCNA2) - 3 UNITS

This is the second course in the Cisco® Networking Academy®. Tis course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPv2, single area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Prerequisite: CNT 8001 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 8003 - CISCO CCNA3 SCALING NETWORKS - 3 UNITS

Architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in large and complex networks. Configuring routers and switches for advanced functionality. Configuring and troubleshooting routers and switches and resolving common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Developing the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. Preparation for Cisco certification examination. Prerequisite: CNT 8002 with a minimum grade of C.

CNT 8004 - CISCO CCNA4 R&S CONNECTING NETWORKS - 3 UNITS

CCNA4 is the final course that may be used to prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). CCNA4 discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. Te course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches, and resolve common issues with BGP, ACLs, WAN technologies, SPAN & RSPAN, Netfow, SNMPv1-3, Syslog, and IPSec & virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network. In addition, the course will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement switching and routing policies. CCNA4 introduces students to intermediate level networking concepts and technologies using a hands-on approach. All work can be done on real current equipment and on virtual simulated equipment. LPC courses emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and the practical application of skills. Prerequisite: CNT 8003 with a minimum grade of C (May be taken concurrently) or permission of the instructor.

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