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Computer Technology Programs ►Network Technician (CompTIA Network+) Certificate Program with Externship


Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity



Network Technician (CompTIA Network+)

The Network Technician (CompTIA Network+) program is designed to prepare students to function as computer professionals in multiple technical, business, and healthcare settings. Net+ technicians serve many technical support and IT operation roles with job titles such Network Administrator, Network Field Technician, IS Consultant, Help Desk Technician, Network Support Specialist, and Network Analyst. Earning CompTIA Network+ Certification means that the individual possess the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful network professional offering a nationally-recognized and industry-recognized credential for experienced network technicians. Indeed, the most widely known technology companies recommend or require CompTIA Network+ Certification for their networking technicians.


Network Technician (CompTIA Network+) Program

The CompTIA Network+ course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become an IT network technician. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate, and configure basic network infrastructure as well as describe networking technologies, understand basic design principles, adhere to wiring standards, and use testing tools. Additional job roles for prospective candidates include network technician, network installer, network administrator, help desk technician and IT cable installer.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualized networks
  • Communicating effectively and professionally with clients, colleagues, subordinates, and supervisors to achieve the organization’s goals involving computer support and IT operations

TOPOLOGIES, THE OSI MODEL, AND ETHERNET

  • Explain devices, applications, protocols, and services at their appropriate OSI layers
  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types, and technologies
  • Deploy the appropriate cabling solution

HUBS, BRIDGES, AND SWITCHES

  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them
  • Explain common mitigation techniques and their purposes

INFRASTRUCTURE AND DESIGN, POLICIES AND BEST PRACTICES

  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types, and technologies
  • Identify policies and best practices

INTERNET PROTOCOL AND IP ADDRESSING

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Configure the appropriate IP addressing components
  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching

DHCP AND APIPA

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Given a scenario, configure the appropriate IP addressing components
  • Explain the functions of network services

ROUTING

  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Configure the appropriate IP addressing components
  • Determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them

TCP AND UDP

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain common scanning, monitoring, and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs

NAME RESOLUTION

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain the functions of network services

MONITORING, SCANNING, AND NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain common scanning, monitoring, and patching processes and summarize their expected outputs
  • Implement network device hardening
  • Explain the network troubleshooting methodology
  • Troubleshoot common wired connectivity and performance issues
  • Troubleshoot common network service issues

APPLICATIONS AND SERVICES, VIRTUALIZATION, SAN, AND CLOUD SERVICES

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Explain the functions of network services
  • Determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices
  • Troubleshoot common wired connectivity and performance issues
  • Troubleshoot common network service issues
  • Summarize cloud concepts and their purposes
  • Explain the purposes of virtualization and network storage technologies

NETWORK SECURITY DESIGN AND APPLIANCES

  • Implement network device hardening
  • Explain common mitigation techniques and their purposes
  • Troubleshoot common wired connectivity and performance Issues
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices
  • Summarize common network attacks
  • Troubleshoot common network service issues

AUTHENTICATION, ENDPOINT SECURITY, AND NETWORK SITE MANAGEMENT

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices
  • Explain authentication and access controls
  • Summarize common networking attacks
  • Explain common mitigation techniques and their purposes
  • Deploy the appropriate cabling solution
  • Use appropriate documentation and diagrams to manage the network
  • Compare and contrast business continuity and disaster recovery concepts
  • Summarize the purposes of physical security devices

INSTALLING CABLED NETWORKS

  • Given a scenario, deploy the appropriate cabling solution
  • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them
  • Troubleshoot common wired connectivity and performance issues

INSTALLING WIRELESS NETWORKS

  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types, and technologies
  • Given a scenario, implement the appropriate wireless technologies and configurations
  • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices
  • Given a scenario, secure a basic wireless network
  • Summarize common networking attacks
  • Troubleshoot common wireless connectivity and performance issues

INSTALLING WAN LINKS

  • Explain the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of network topologies, types, and technologies
  • Implement the appropriate wireless technologies and configurations
  • Determine the appropriate placement of networking devices on a network and install/configure them
  • Compare and contrast WAN technologies

CONFIGURING REMOTE ACCESS

  • Explain the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
  • Explain the purposes and use cases for advanced networking devices
  • Compare and contrast WAN technologies

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam (Exam N10-007).

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam from CompTIA® and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for the national certification exams. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the CompTIA Network+ and MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburrn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.