Network Design & Administration - Course Planning

Seattle Central offers three options for students interested in network design and administration: an Associate of Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degree, a 4-quarter certificate and a 3-quarter CISCO certificate. Depending on your goals and previous experience, you can choose the program that is best suited for you.


Prior to enrolling in the program, you should complete the following courses and maintain minimum 2.0 GPA. Prerequisites can often be completed in one quarter.

Skill Development Courses
Prefix Course Credits
ENGL 106 Technical Writing 3
Writing strategies geared to target audiences. Emphasis on research and problem–solving requiring critical reading and writing; development of ideas and argumentation. Includes layout and design, use of illustration, schematics and mathematics.
ITC 102 Information Systems Concepts 3
Intro to computers and information systems, including hardware, software, data organization, data communications, systems development and the evolving role of computers in society.
ITC 140 Introduction to Computer Hardware 5
Provides basic understanding of various hardware components, including installation and configuration. Learn how software interacts with and controls the computer's hardware elements. Emphasizes analytical logic, troubleshooting skills and basic networking concepts.
MATH 119 Math Behind Information Technology 3
Learn basic aspects of discrete mathematics common to information technology: scientific notation; binary and hexadecimal number systems; logical operations and the design of logical networks; set theory; relations and functions; combinatorics; graphs and directed graphs; regular expressions; and finite–state machines.
BTM 111 Business Applications Support I 5
Intro to Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Personal Information Management and Presentation software. Creating letters, business correspondence, spreadsheets and presentations commonly used in business settings. Previously known as MIC 101.
NET 120 Network Essentials – Comptia Network+ 5
Intro to networking technologies for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet.

Program Courses

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
NET 122 Network Operating Systems 1 – Win 2K Professional 5
Learn to install and configure Microsoft Windows on stand–alone and client computers that are part of a workgroup or domain and those required for Implementing a Microsoft Windows Network Infrastructure. Prereq NET 120 with 2.0 or higher or permission.
NET 134 Network Communications – TCP/IP 5
Learn to set up, configure, use and support Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) on major operating systems used in a networked environment. Emphasis on DNS for directory systems and ports for service availability, troubleshooting network connectivity, bandwidth management and optimization.
NET 142 Network Management – Cisco 1 5
Provides experience in current and emerging networking technology for future employment and/or further education. Content standards based on current industry standards. Examines safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, LANs, OSI model, cabling, cabling tools, IP addressing and network standards. Emphasis on decision–making and problem–solving techniques.
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
NET 124 Network Operating Systems 2 – Win 2K Server 5
Learn to install Windows Server and various file systems and to administer and manage Active Directory services and objects. Use Microsoft Management Console to monitor system performance and to administer Internet Information Services and user accounts, group accounts and group policies. Study print services, network protocols, virtual private networking, Routing and Remote Access Service, DHCP, WINS and DNS. Learn to back up data, implement disaster protection and recover from a disaster.
NET 126 Network Operating Systems 3 – Win 2K Network Infrastructure 5
Continuation of NET 124. Covers capacity planning, directory services, group policies, multiple domain management, trust relationships, implementing RAS, IPsec, interoperating with various network operating systems.
NET 144 Network Management – Cisco 2 5
Continuation of NET 142. Covers safety, networking, network protocols, LANs, WANs, Ethernet, LAN switching, router IOS, TCP/IP addressing, router configuration, dynamic routing, static routing and the network administrator's role and function. Emphasis on techniques to solve networking problems.
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
ITC 136 Unix Operating System 5
Intro to the Linux/Unix client operating system, including the fundamental Linux/Unix commands in both the command line interface and graphics user interface. Not a Server Administration class.
ITC 146 Network Management – Cisco 3 5
Continuation of NET 144. Extends knowledge and practical experience with configuring LANs, hubs, switches, Internet–work Packet Exchange (IPX) routing, Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), Wide Area Networks (WANs) and network troubleshooting. Covers Integrated Services Data Networks (ISDN), Point–to–Point Protocols (PPP) and frame relay design, configuration and maintenance.
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
NET 138 Unix for Network Administration 5
Covers the organization of UNIX–based hardware components and software tools used by the host administrator to control access, tune the system, and account for system resources used. Covers advanced concepts with multi–user, multi–tasking, time–sharing networked communications, UNIX tools, network schedulers, security, remote access, performance monitoring and networking aspects of UNIX. Examines operational considerations including host initialization, suspension and termination and the system's physical environment.
ITC 151 Introduction to Network Security 5
Intro to network security, building and administering secure network architectures. Covers firewalls, vulnerability scanners, encryption, risk monitoring and assessment tools, digital certificates, authentication and network vulnerabilities. Security Lab uses wired desktop systems and wireless PDAs to Linux, Macintosh and Windows systems used by small and medium businesses.
NET 200 Enterprise Applications 5
Capstone course for network infrastructure students. Simulate a small business environment in hardware and software from a case study and apply the skills from the foundation networking courses. Further explore enterprise applications and server needs of businesses as directed by industry standards and trends.

Total for AAS-T Degree credits = 98

Class Schedule