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Network Systems


Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems

The Network Systems curriculum prepares you to enter the information technology profession as an entry-level networking professional.  You will learn by doing; hands-on experience is emphasized in reality-based and project-based learning situations.  You will work in modern labs with faculty present to assist and answer questions.

Hocking College is a Cisco Networking Academy site. In partnership with Cisco Systems, the Networking Academy CCNA curriculum consists of four Cisco courses. This curriculum teaches routing and switching concepts, network communications theory, and router and switch configuration. After completing the sequence of Cisco courses, you will have studied the topics needed to take the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification test. The Cisco Networking Academy is highly regarded for its hands-on learning approach to the networking field.

Other Network Systems courses include Network Applications, Server Management with Windows Server, Computer Hardware and Operating Systems, Web Page Design and Network Security. In these courses, students explore current information technologies and trends including wireless networking, IP version 6, convergence, IP Telephony, virtualization, ethical hacking, Virtual Private Networks, Proxy Servers, and Directory Services to prepare you for the information technology job market.

Due to the sequencing of the courses in the Network Systems curriculum, if you wish to complete the degree in four consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you must begin autumn semester. However, you may enter the Network Systems program at the start of any semester with the understanding that completion of the degree will take longer than two years.

It is possible to obtain two degrees, Network Systems and Computer Programming, in three years at Hocking College. If you wish to pursue both degrees, you must start autumn semester with Network Systems and then complete the Computer Programming course work in semesters four, five and six. It will take more than three years to complete both degrees if you begin your studies out of sequence. It is essential that you work with your faculty advisor in order to stay on track with your course requirements.

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Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems:

  • Analyze a problem and develop a logical plan for a solution;
  • Design, implement, maintain and troubleshoot a small business network;
  • Document network architecture, hardware and software;
  • Apply current communication and security protocols in a network environment;
  • Perform common and administrative tasks on multiple operating platforms;
  • Identify and utilize resources for continuous professional growth and development;
  • Exhibit professional work ethic and professional conduct; and,
  • Interact effectively in both technical and non-technical environments.



Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems

Course of Study

For students entering May 2013

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
CS-1101Programming Logic1.006.003.00$60.00
NET-1120Computer Hardware & Op Systems1.006.003.00$125.00
MICS-1141Introduction to Word & Excel0.003.001.00$60.00
NET-1110Networking Basics Discovery I1.003.002.00$110.00
ENGL-1122English Composition I3.000.003.00$40.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$40.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
MICS-1142Microsoft Access2.003.003.00$90.00
NET-1100Web Page Design1.006.003.00$90.00
NET-1115Networking Basics Discovery II1.003.002.00$110.00
ENGL-1152Research Skills1.000.001.00$15.00
MATH-1108Intermediate Algebra3.000.003.00$40.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NET-2201Network Applications (SL/CR)$130.00
NET-2210Cisco Exploration$100.00
NET-2220Server Management1.005.003.00$100.00
MICS-1126Microsoft Office-Presentation1.000.001.00$20.00
***Social Science/Psychology Elective0.000.003.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
CS-2240Database Management & Applications2.006.004.00$100.00
NET-2211Cisco Exploration 3 & 4 (Capstone)$110.00
NET-2215Network Systems Security2.003.003.00$75.00
ENGL-1104Job Search Techniques1.000.001.00$15.00
HUM-2200Introduction to World Literature3.000.003.00$20.00
ORHUM-2203Introduction to Ethics3.000.003.00$15.00
***Natural Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Network Systems program find that there are opportunities in this field. Typical entry-level jobs include the following: network administrator, network technician and network operator. After some experience, job titles would include network systems engineer, network designer or LAN/WAN engineer. Most computer jobs, especially those with large companies, are to be found in metropolitan areas, which may require relocation after graduation.

Graduates also have the ability to continue their education at a four-year college or university, usually as a junior through available transfer opportunities.

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