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COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY (CST)

CST103 - PC Operating Systems Technology Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of microcomputer operating systems, with a concentration on Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Vista. The course will also provide coverage of the latest in storage devices, current information on how to protect the security and privacy of a computer, and a preview of the next upgrade of Windows. Students will also learn techniques required for customizing Windows XP/Vista, implementing shortcut strategies using object linking and embedding (OLE) technologies, hard disk backup, evaluating system performance, installing software, installing and troubleshooting hardware, and exploring the Windows Registry. Students will be challenged with extensive projects, cases, and reinforcement exercises.

CST105 - Microcomputer Architecture/Multimedia Systems Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to how microcomputers and multimedia systems operate and the general benchmark parameters that affect their performance. Major topics include an examination of intended application software and its influences on architecture, basic CPU design and simulation, chipsets, pipelining, multicore, memory, video interfaces and I/O subsystems. Students will receive hands-on training in the configuration and troubleshooting of a microcomputer system.

CST215 - Data Communications Credits: 3
Data communications will include data formats, codes, common interfaces, modulation techniques, protocols, networking and multiplexing.

CST220 - Network Security Issues Credits: 3
Through demonstration, students will be introduced to hardware that can be used to secure and monitor a network. Coverage includes firewalls, proxy servers, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS), and Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

Students will be introduced to methods of risk analysis and well as information pertaining to the creation of security policies. Use of network analysis software, including vulnerabllity scanners, will be discussed and demonstrated.

CST221 - Personal Computer Security Credits: 2
This course is designed as a practical introduction to personal computer hardware and software security. The course will provide the student with an understanding of computer security terminology and concepts. Upon completion of the course the student will be able to implement a full range of security options to protect a PC environment. Topics include: physical security, Basic Input Output Systems (BIOS)/ Operating Systems (OS) password protection, Spyware & Antivirus software, and file encryption/ tracking.

CST225 - Systems Networking Credits: 4
This course presents the accepted methods of networking a variety of comput≠ers and peripherals contained in the same general location. Emphasis is on the practical problems encountered with dynamically established communication links.

CST227 - Linux/UNIX Operating System Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide a practical, hands-on approach to the fundamental Linux/UNIX operating system concepts, architecture and administration. The power, stability, and flexibility of Linux/UNIX has contributed to its popularity in mission-critical business and networking applications. Specific topic coverage includes: the core of Linux/UNIX; exploring the Linux/UNIX file system and file security; Linux/UNIX editors; Linux/UNIX file processing; advanced file processing; introduction to shell script programming; Linux/UNIX utilities; Perl and Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programming.

CST230 - TCP/IP and Network Routers Credits: 3
This course is designed to present the student with basic TCP/IP terminology and concepts needed to take an active role in administering a network infrastructure that uses TCP/IP. Upon completion of the course students should be well-equipped to recognize, analyze, and troubleshoot a broad range of TCP/IP-related networking problems or phenomena. Students will complete hands-on projects that provide firsthand experience in installing, configuring, using, and managing TCP/IP on a working network.

CST232 - Forensics Analysis in a Windows Environment Credits: 3
An introduction to computer forensics emphasizing basic forensic methodology on a variety of file systems (FAT, NTFS, HFS, ext2, ext3) using Windows tools and techniques.