CST*120, Introduction to Operating Systems (3 credits)
This course is intended to provide the student with a more advanced knowledge of computer hardware and Operating Systems. Students will learn how to use Windows’ advanced features, and how the operating systems interact with hardware both locally and on a network. Topics covered include how to work with computer networks, major components of computer hardware, data back-up, and windows customization. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG 101E.

CST*141, Computer Hardware (4 credits)
This hands-on course covers essential skills on how to install, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, and maintain a personal computer’s hardware and peripherals. Topics include power supplies, motherboards, processors, memory, hard drives, I/O devices, and multimedia devices. Four hours of lecture/laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Eligible for MAT*095.

CST*163, Windows Server Administration (3 credits)
This course covers the Microsoft Windows Server environment. Students will learn the basics of installing, administrating, and maintaining a Windows Server implementation. Administration of user and group accounts, Active Directory, network protocols and services such as virtual private networking. Routing and Remote Access Service, DHCCP, DNS, backup, recovery and disaster planning will be covered. Prerequisites: CST*120

CST*201, Introduction to Management Information Systems (3 credits)
This course provides the background necessary for understanding the role of information systems in organizations and for using computer tools and technology in solving business problems. Topics include organizational and technical foundations of information systems, theory of information systems design, fundamental database principles, network systems, e-commerce and supply chain systems, information network security management, and meeting global challenges. Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Project are used to demonstrate selected topical concepts. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG 101E.

CST*228, Voice and Data Interworking (3 credits)
The course covers the engineering of voice technologies. Topics include: voice compression methods, understanding the H.323 protocol, voice over frame-relay,voice over ATM, and voice over IP. The MxCC lab will be used to design and build a voice over IP network. Prerequisite: CST*120.

CST*231, Data Communication and Networking (3 credits)
The course outlines interconnecting computers using communication networks. The seven layer OSI Reference framework, physical layer standards, data link protocols, repeaters, bridges, routers, local area networks, wide area networks, and network configurations will be discussed. Prerequisites: CST*120 or CST*141.

CST*270, Network Security Fundamentals (3 credits)
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who want to master practical network and computer security. Topics include: malware attacks, application and network attacks, vulnerability assessments for mitigating attacks, data security, network security, wireless network security, authentication and account management, access control fundamentals, basic and advanced cryptography for protecting data, business continuity model, and risk mitigation procedures. Prerequisites: CST*120 or taken concurrently.