Networking and Systems Administration (formerly Applied Networking and System Administration) BS

Dr. Muhieddin Amer, Division Chair

mxaeee@rit.edu

Program overview

 

Networking, the technology of interconnecting computing devices so information can flow between them, includes the design, deployment, operation, and maintenance of computer networks using developed components. This includes activities as simple as topology design to those as complex as the configuration of services and protocols to enable an entire intranet and the support of that environment. As the number of computing devices in the network scales up, the task becomes more difficult, involving design trade-offs, performance considerations, and cost issues.
 
Systems administration includes the system design, installation, configuration, operation, and support of computer system platforms from mobile devices, servers, and large scale systems to the deployment of clouds and the use of virtualization. This includes the specification and implementation of all the hardware and software structures required to support and deploy these environments.
 
These disciplines are also concerned with the security and privacy of the information that is stored on these platforms and communicated over the networks they are attached to. In today’s information-rich environment, computer systems exist at the heart of a network and often work together to provide services as well as repositories for information. Students will take all of this into consideration as they design and deploy secure system and network solutions in support of an organization's strategic and tactical goals.

Curriculum

The BS degree in networking and systems administration is designed to teach students to be the designers, implementers, operators, and maintainers of computing networks and the computer systems attached to the network. Students will evaluate existing networks and computing systems, suggest improvements, monitor such systems for faults, and plan for growth. They will have the opportunity to work in small- to large-scale companies in any industry segment that interests them.
 
An important goal of the major is to provide students with a level of specialization beyond that provided by typical information systems or information technology programs. To accomplish this, the major focuses on networks of all types and the full range of computer system platforms that can attach to them. In this way the degree program favors depth over breadth. It is this approach that allows faculty to guide students in their in-depth exploration of conceptual knowledge, which is enhanced with required cooperative education experiences.
 
The curriculum includes required core courses such as a programming sequence, introductory courses in database and security, and fundamental courses in computer networking and system administration.
 
Networking and systems administration, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course

Sem. Cr. Hrs.

 

First Year

 

NSSA-101

NSSA Fundamentals

3

 

ISTE-100

Computer Problem Solving: Network Domain I

4

 

ISTE- 110

Ethics in Computing (FYW/WI) * 3  

UWRT-150

Writing Seminar

3

 

STAT-145

Introduction to Statistics I

3

 

 

LAS Perspective 1 (Artistic) 

3

 

NSSA-102

Computer Systems Concepts

3

 

CSEC-101

Fundamentals of Information Security

3

 

ISTE-101

Computer Problem Solving: Network Domain II

4

 

NSSA-241

Introduction to Routing & Switching 

3

 

Second Year

 

NSSA-220

Task Auto. Using Interp. Languages 

3

 

ISTE-230

Introduction to Database and Data modeling  3  

PHYS-111

College Physics I

4

 

 

LAS Perspective 2 (Ethical) 

3

 

 

LAS Perspective 3 (Global) 

3

 

NSSA-242

Wireless Networking 

3

 

NSSA-245

Net Services

3

 

NSSA-221

System Administration I

3

 

 

Free Elective 1 

3

 

PHYS-112

College Physics II

4

 

 

Cooperative Education (summer)

Co-op

 

Third Year

 

NSSA-322

System Administration II (WI)*

3

 

 

NSSA Concentation Courses I & II

6

 

MATH-181

Project-based Calculus I

4

 

NSSA-370

Project Management 

3

 

MATH-182

Project-based Calculus II

4

 

 

Liberal Arts & Science Gen Ed (WI)*

3

 
 

Liberal Arts & Science Gen Ed (WI)*

3  

 

LAS Immersion 1

3

 

 

Free Elective 2

3

 
 

Cooperative Education (summer) 

Co-op  

Fourth Year

 

NSSA-362

Cryptography and Authentication

3

 

 

NSSA Concentation Courses III, IV & V

9

 

 

LAS Perspective 4 (Social) 

 

 

 

LAS Immersion 2, 3

6

 

 

Free Electives 3, 4 & 5

9

 

Total Semester Credit Hours

126

 
 

* Three required Writing Intensive (WI) Courses Must be Completed (3rd WI can be via Perspective, Immersion, or Gen Ed)            

Additional information

Cooperative education
Students complete two or three blocks of cooperative education depending on when they start their degree program. Students have found co-op positions in nearly every type of business that requires computer systems and/or networks. These vary from small- or medium-sized businesses to large international companies, from computing-centric organizations (network hardware manufacturers, software services providers) to users of information technology (manufacturing companies, school districts, and the entertainment industry).
 
Co-op gives students real-world experience and a definite advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs after graduation. Typically, co-ops occur during the summers following the second and third years and during one of the academic semesters in the third year. Students must complete their co-op requirement prior to completing their course work and preferably prior to their senior year.

Resources

Course Catalog

NSA-BS Worksheet

BS Networking and Systems Administration brochure download