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IT: Systems Administration & Support

campus entrance

Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Information Technology (IT) Systems Administration and Support curriculum prepares graduates for employment in the technology sector. You’ll gain knowledge and skills to design, process, implement and manage information systems in specialties such as database services, system administration, software development, computer security, business intelligence and healthcare informatics.

Class work includes development of your ability to create, store, communicate, exchange and use information to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development, information security and other emerging technologies based on the selected area of study.

Degree and Certificate Options

  • Information Technology: Systems Administration and Support — Associate in Applied Science
  • Computer Upgrade and Repair Technician Certificate

Dual-enrollment opportunities are available.

The Systems Administration and Support program includes a Work-Based Learning option. A successful work learning experience is helpful in seeking employment.

Careers

Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems and governmental agencies which rely on computer systems to design and manage information. The program will incorporate the competencies of industry-recognized certification exams.

Curriculum Guides

First Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
or
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050, or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for CIS 111: none
1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
WBL 110 World of Work Prerequisites: none 1 n/a n/a 1 1
CTI 110 Web, Pgm, and DB Foundation Prerequisites: none 2 2 n/a 4 3
CTS 115 Info Sys Business Concept Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 3 n/a n/a 3 3
CIS 115 Intro to Programming and Logic Prerequisites: DMA 010-040 or MAT 121 or MAT 171 2 3 n/a 5 3
EGR 131 Intro to Electronics Tech Prerequisites: none 1 2 n/a 3 2
Total Semester Hours 17 – 18
First Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc Prerequisites: ENG 111 3 n/a n/a 3 3
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
or
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I
or
MAT 171 Pre-calculus Algebra
Prerequisites for MAT 143 and MAT 152: DMA 010-050 and DRE 098
Prerequisites for MAT 171 — take one set:
Set 1: DMA 010-080
Set 2: DMA 010-050 and DMA 065
Set 3: MAT 121
2 – 3 2 n/a 4 – 5 3 – 4
CTS 240 Project Management Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 and ENG 090 and RED 090, or ENG 095, or DRE 098, or appropriate placement 2 2 n/a 4 3
CTI 120 Network and Sec Foundation Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 2 n/a 4 3
NOS 110 Operating Systems Concepts Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 3 n/a 5 3
Total Semester Hours 15 – 16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
CTS 120 Hardware/Software Support Corequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 3 n/a 5 3
CTS 285 Systems Analysis and Design Prerequisites: CIS 115
Corequisites: DBA 110
3 n/a n/a 3 3
DBA 110 Database Concepts Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 3 n/a 5 3
NET 110 Networking Concepts Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 2 n/a 4 3
NOS 130 Windows Single User Prerequisites: CTS 220, CTI 130 or NOS 110 2 2 n/a 4 3
PSY 150 General Psychology
or
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology
or
ECO 251 Prin. of Microeconomics
Prerequisites for PSY 150: ENG 080 and RED 080 or ENG 085 or DRE 097 or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for SOC 210: ENG 090 and RED 090 or ENG 095 or DRE 098 or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for ECO 251: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050; DRE 098 and DMA 010-050 or appropriate placement
3 n/a n/a 3 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Second Year
Spring Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ART 111 Art Appreciation
or
MUS 110 Music Appreciation
or
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
Prerequisites for ART 111 or MUS 110: none
Prerequisites for PHI 240: ENG 111
3 n/a n/a 3 3
NOS 230 Windows Admin I Prerequisites: NOS 110 and NOS 130 2 2 n/a 4 3
NET 126 Routing Basics
or
NOS 231 Windows Administration II
or
DBA 115 Database Applications
Prerequisites for NET 126: NET 110
Prerequisites for NOS 231: NOS 230
Prerequisites for DBA 115: DBA 110
1 – 2 2 – 4 n/a 4 – 5 3
CTS 220 Adv Hardware/Software Support Prerequisites: CTS 120 2 3 n/a 5 3
CTS 289 System Support Project Prerequisites: CTI 110, CTI 120, CTS 115, CTS 240 and CTS 285 1 4 n/a 5 3
NOS 120 Linux/Unix Single User
or
WBL 111, WBL 112, WBL 121,
WBL 122, WBL 131, WBL 132, Work-Based Learning
Prerequisites for NOS 120: CTS 220, CTI 130, or NOS 110
Prerequisites for WBL: none
2 2 n/a 4 – 20 1 – 3
Total Semester Hours 16 – 18
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 66 – 70
First Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
or
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy
Prerequisites for CIS 110: ENG 090 and RED 090 and DMA 010-050, or ENG 095 and DMA 010-050, or DRE 098 and DMA 010-050, or appropriate placement
Prerequisites for CIS 111: none
1 – 2 2 n/a 3 – 4 2 – 3
EGR 131 Intro to Electronics Tech none 1 2 n/a 3 2
CTS 120 Hardware/Software Support Corequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 3 n/a 5 3
Total Semester Hours 7 – 8
Second Semester
Course Number and Title
Prerequisites and
Corequisites
Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
CTI 120 Network and Sec Foundation Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 2 n/a 4 3
NOS 110 Operating Systems Concepts Prerequisites: CIS 110 or CIS 111 2 3 n/a 5 3
CTS 220 Adv Hardware/Software Support Prerequisites: CTS 120 2 3 n/a 5 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Total Semester Hours Required for Certificate 16 – 17