Applied Network Infrastructure and System Administration

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Courses - May 2023

Level 1

Course details

Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Information Technology Service Management
INFO8725

Description:

IT Service Management frameworks help organizations better align IT infrastructure with their business objectives, manage risk, and maximize resources and customer satisfaction. Students will delve into commonly used IT Service Management frameworks to evaluate how each of these can be adopted based on unique organization needs. Upon successful completion, students will be better prepared to write the ITIL® Foundations examination.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Project Management
MGMT8665

Description:

Project management has become central to the operations of any organization. This course focuses on the general principles of project management as well as Agile Project Management and its methodologies. This course takes a holistic, integrated approach to managing projects, exploring both technical and managerial challenges. Students will apply skills gathered from examining real-world cases into simulated projects done in the classroom. This course will help prepare students to write the Project Management Institute (PMI) exams to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Hardware and Software Solutions
NTWK8010

Description:

In the ever-changing world of IT, having a current knowledge of the systems that are used in business is imperative to aiding in their applications and procurement. This course enables participants to enhance their knowledge of recent equipment and hardware trends in servers, networking equipment, storage and end user devices. Once in the workplace, the skills and knowledge gained from this course will help graduates analyze and assess hardware to be purchased and implemented into the IT infrastructure.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Network Planning
NTWK8020

Description:

To ensure that a network is meeting the needs of the business and users, a solid set of skills and knowledge to design, implement and troubleshoot basic networks is essential. Participants will learn to plan and implement Ethernet LANs and switches, IPv4 addressing and subnetting. In addition, various WAN technologies are identified and configured.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Networking Routers and Switches
NTWK8030

Description:

To help increase your equipment bandwidth, knowing the hardware components of a network infrastructure and how they work is essential. Participants will show how network packets route successfully through the setup of an environment that links routers to switches. The focus of this course will be configuring and troubleshooting routers, switches, ACLs (Access Control List), NAT (Network Address Translation), STP (Spanning Tree Protocol), basic VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network), and IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Scripting with PowerShell
NTWK8055

Description:

The key to an efficient computing environment is the use of scripting to automate the many repetitive tasks performed. PowerShell can be used as a scripting tool as well as a day-to-day management interface to run commands in the background to perform required tasks. This course will introduce basic PowerShell concepts including the syntax and structure of scripts, and teach the participant how to create basic PowerShell scripts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course details

Project I
NTWK8040

Description:

In addition to working on discreet tasks, IT workers are often called upon to plan and complete larger projects. Participants will work on a team to complete a project that addresses the requirements of a specific need. The team will make use of technical skills, project management best practices, time management best practices, logical analysis skills, and communication skills to create a proposal and present the proposed solutions for implementation.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Windows Server Installation
NTWK8060

Description:

Windows Server is an operating system that enables a computer to handle multiple devices and their applications from one location allowing for better services and security to end users. Participants will gain the skills and knowledge required to implement Windows Server infrastructure and practice the installation and initial configuration of a Windows Server to prepare it for its intended use.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Windows Server Roles and Features
NTWK8070

Description:

In this course, participants will learn the roles and features of Windows Server that address the needs of the users. An emphasis will be placed on ADDS (Active Directory Domain Service), GPO (Group Policy), DNS (Domain Name System) and Security. Services such as DHCP, Load Balancing, Storage, as well as web servers will also be covered.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtualization with Hyper-V
NTWK8080

Description:

Virtualization is at the heart of converged infrastructure (or cloud computing) and Hyper-V is one of the technologies that allow companies to create virtual computer environments to run and manage multiple systems on a single physical server. In this course, participants will analyze server workloads and plan appropriate hardware and software to support the virtual environment and install and configure Hyper-V components. An emphasis will be placed on configuring and administering network and storage resources, deploying and managing virtual machines, monitoring and managing resource consumption, configuring basic security, as well as configuring and managing high availability and fault tolerance.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Windows Server Planning
NTWK8090

Description:

You will explore and design a Window Server and Active Directory environment and supporting services - in accordance with industry guidelines and best practices. Participants will explore, in detail the fundamentals of Windows Server planning and security guidelines, access controls, load balancing, resiliency and redundancy, as well as a more detailed look at multi-domain environments.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Wireless Technologies
NTWK8100

Description:

Wireless technology is technology that is portable and includes many devices that are typical in today’s work environment. This course covers the fundamental technology used and the evolution of standards governing this industry. Planning of a wireless environment will be investigated with an emphasis on site surveys including cellular, Wi-Fi, and bring your own device (BYOD). Participants will examine current issues and solutions to the various wireless technologies based on industry type and needs.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 3

Course details

Project II
NTWK8110

Description:

Wireless technology is technology that is portable and includes many devices that are typical in today’s work environment. This course covers the fundamental technology used and the evolution of standards governing this industry. Planning of a wireless environment will be investigated with an emphasis on site surveys including cellular, Wi-Fi, and bring your own device (BYOD). Participants will examine current issues and solutions to the various wireless technologies based on industry type and needs.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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SQL Server
NTWK8120

Description:

Many businesses use Microsoft SQL Server as one of their database management systems and as a result, anyone working in IT today needs to be able to manage these servers. This course will teach participants the skills and knowledge required to plan and implement, install, as well as configuring and troubleshooting core services including storage, high availability, automation, and basic SQL commands.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Exchange Server
NTWK8130

Description:

E-mail is the standard means of communication used in business and Microsoft Exchange Server is one of the most popular e-mail hosts. This course will lead the participant through the planning process for an Exchange environment developing the skills and knowledge required to install and manage an Exchange Server installation. The primary focus will be installing Exchange Server as well as configuring and troubleshooting core services including storage, high availability, automation, and basic message flows.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Linux Server
NTWK8140

Description:

Linux is the best-known and most-used open-source operating system and is a common operating system found in the data centre. In addition to Windows Server, IT administrators often need to be able to deliver infrastructure services using Linux. Participants will learn to plan and implement storage, users, file systems, access control, and services including DHCP, DNS, and web.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Advanced Windows Server Roles and Services
NTWK8150

Description:

Part of planning a successful Windows Server infrastructure system is to consider all the possible uses and security measures that need to be put into place. This course is focused on the planning and implementation of Advanced Microsoft Windows Server Roles and Services. In this course the participant will explore and implement Certificate Services as part of the Public Key Infrastructure. Additional services covered include Network Load Balancing (NLB) clusters, Federated services, and automation using Windows Deployment services.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 4

Course details

Management and Leadership Essentials
MGMT8760

Description:

In this course, students will enhance their understanding of leadership and management approaches in Canadian organizations. Emphasis on developing effective management strategies including, professional communication, planning, decision making, conflict resolution, effective team building and navigating change. Key concepts include professionalism, adaptability, boundaries and resourcefulness.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Virtualization with VMware vSphere
NTWK8170

Description:

VMware is the market leader in virtualization technology and is often the virtualization platform of choice in the production environment. Skills and knowledge to plan and administer the vSphere platform are in high demand. Participants will gain hands on skills and knowledge in planning, installing and configuring vSphere components, configuring and administering network and storage resources, deploying and managing virtual machines, monitoring and managing resource consumption, configuring basic security, and configuring and managing high availability.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites: NTWK8020 AND NTWK8060
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IT Environmental Planning
NTWK8180

Description:

Managing an IT environment addresses many areas and planning allows you to gain visibility across your infrastructure from both the physical and logical side. This course will examine the following areas that are paramount for a strong infrastructure: heat and power requirements from the office to the data centre, rack management, management of networks, centralized management, and tools such as System Center. Participants will review a scenario and after researching, present recommendations to ensure a strong and stable infrastructure.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: NTWK8120 AND NTWK8130 AND NTWK8140 AND NTWK8150
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IT Environmental Deployment
NTWK8190

Description:

In the fast-paced IT world you need to be able to delivery a product or service almost instantly. Participants in this course will explore the deployment of complete IT infrastructures including everything from planning to support. An emphasis will be placed on deployment from the desktops to the server backend, as well as the network configuration required to interconnect everything.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: NTWK8120 AND NTWK8130 AND NTWK8140 AND NTWK8150
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Advanced Windows Desktop
NTWK8200

Description:

A primary focus in an IT department is to be efficient and to always be thinking of new or better ways to complete a task. The focus of this course is the planning, deployment and management of a Windows based desktop workstation within the enterprise environment. Auto deployment as well as the use of Group Policies will be the core of this course with a focus on The Virtual Desktop (VDI) environment.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: NTWK8150
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Capstone - Applied Network Infrastructure
NTWK8215

Description:

Participants will apply learning from the program to further hone their competencies to plan, build and present a system that will require research into technology that has not been previously implemented. In a team project, the participant will make use of technical skills, project management best practices, time management best practices, logical analysis skills, and communication skills in the creation of their solution. A faculty advisor will meet regularly with the students to ensure the process is properly managed and a project plan is followed.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: NTWK8120 AND NTWK8130 AND NTWK8140 AND NTWK8150
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Program outcomes

  1. Resolve operating problems through the application of standard diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures on personal computers as part of upgrading and maintenance processes.
  2. Install, configure and troubleshoot network operating systems and network devices to provide secure network infrastructure and services.
  3. Install and support interconnected local area networks using various connection media and routing protocols.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate IT infrastructure and network services to fulfill IT business requirements.
  5. Monitor, evaluate and optimize integrated networks.
  6. Collect, interpret and analyze user requirements to produce project documentation in alignment with best industry practices and processes.
  7. Collaborate in diverse teams to complete projects specific to the IT environment operations.
  8. Plan, configure and troubleshoot converged virtual infrastructure technologies to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of IT services.
  9. Evaluate, plan and implement data storage and messaging technology solutions that satisfy business requirements.
  10. Communicate plans, technology and solutions incorporating technical information to audiences at various levels in the organization.