Overview

Don’t make what you see on the internet—make what’s on the internet work. Learn to analyze, troubleshoot, repair, install and provide technical support for computer systems and networks.

Our two-year Network Administration Technology diploma program prepares you for a career as a computer network administrator. You will get hands-on standardized and specialized training with current applied technology. Study computer operating systems, scripting and the architecture of computer hardware, networking systems and routing.

Our instructors explain and demonstrate how to configure complex computer networking solutions and challenge students to build and configure their own computer networks in a controlled test environment. We partner with Cisco Systems Inc., and use their current curriculum to teach network routing in a fully equipped Cisco lab.

As a grad, you will find employment in the areas of troubleshooting and supporting data, wireless and voice networks, installing and upgrading computer hardware, installing and supporting computer software and computer programming. We offer a two-month work practicum, where you will fill the job role of a junior computer systems administrator in the IT department in the public or private sector.

In addition to technical skills, learn soft skills such as customer service and emotional intelligence. The skills you gain in this program can also be used towards industry certifications, such as A+, Microsoft’s MCP, MCSA and MCSE, Cisco’s CCNA and CCENT, or Linux+ and Network+.

 

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent

  • Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40G/40S with a minimum mark of 60%.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates find employment in the areas of installing, troubleshooting and supporting data, wireless and voice networks, installing and upgrading computer hardware, installing and supporting computer software and internet development including web server support. Excellent opportunities exist for diploma graduates with industry certification.

Assiniboine has on-campus Pearson VUE and Prometric Authorized Testing Centres. Students in this program may choose to write exams to acquire the following certification:

  • CompTIA A+ 
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Microsoft ® Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) 
  • Microsoft ® Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) 
  • Microsoft ® Technology Associate (MTA)
  • CISCO ® Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) 
  • CISCO ® Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Connections

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Network Administration Technology students learn by working in hands-on, state of the art computer labs. Our instructors explain and demonstrate how to configure complex computer networking solutions, and challenge students to build and configure their own computer networks in a controlled test environment. We are also partnered with Cisco Systems Inc. and use their current curriculum to teach network routing in a full equipped Cisco laboratory.

At the completion of classroom studies, students round out their training with a two-month work practicum, filling the job role of a junior computer systems administrator in the IT department of one of our many supportive employers. The skills learned in the program can also be used to obtain Industry Certifications, using our online testing centre.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. 

Textbooks are not required for this program.

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Network Administration Technology diploma, students must successfully complete 144 academic credits and 8 practical credits. Students may choose to exit after year one with a Network Administration Technician certificate if they successfully complete 72 academic credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Please note, all costs are approximate and subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,970 for year one and $5,410 for year two. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $130 for year one and $0 for year two. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2019-20)
  Credits Tuition & Related Fees Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies Student Health Insurance Estimated Total*
Network Administration Technology  (Year 1) 72 $17,470 $130 $1,000 $18,600
Network Administration Technology (Year 2) 80 $19,330 $0 $1,000 $20,330

*All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

 

Year One Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Computer Servicing 1 (COMP-0408)

In this course, students combine theory and practical work to build the skills necessary to service modern computer hardware and software. Areas of study include basic networking concepts, computer assembly and repair, troubleshooting hardware and peripherals, and the installation of components and programs.

6 credit(s) No No No
Computer Servicing 2 (COMP-0409)

Prerequisite: COMP-0408 Computer Servicing 1
This course continues and expands upon the topics covered in Computer Servicing 1 by putting all skills learned into a practical context. Students practice investigating and executing troubleshooting methods, application support, bench testing and repairing real computer problems. Students investigate advanced methods for diagnosing computer problems, detecting and removing virus/malware and configuring the workstation computer environment for faster and efficient operation.

6 credit(s) No No No
Customer Support (COMM-0018)

This course investigates the elements of customer support. Students learn how to react and respond to different challenges of customer service and have an opportunity to learn from each experience. Students engage heavily in emotional intelligence exercises, learn about and practice presentation skills, with practical application to the network administration technology field.

3 credit(s) No No Yes
Network Routing 1 (COMP-0569)

This course follows the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) Routing and Switching - Introduction to Networks curriculum. Students will be introduced to basic networking concepts and principles. Students will learn the Open System Interconnections (OSI) model and other industry standards, network technologies, basic network design and cabling techniques. Students will also be introduced to Cisco Router operation and configuration.

6 credit(s) No No No
Network Routing 2 (COMP-0266)

Prerequisite: COMP-0443 Network Routing 1
Students learn Cisco router configurations, Access Lists, routed and routing protocols and introduction to switches. This follows the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) 2 curriculum.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 1 (COMP-0370)

In this course, students learn to install and manage a desktop network operating system. Topics include the application of file system security, desktop management, network connectivity and network printing. Students construct and administer peer to peer networks in a networking laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Networks 2 (COMP-0371)

Prerequisite: COMP-0370 Networks 1
In this course, students learn to install and manage a server-based network operating system. Topics include configuration of server hardware, administering network security, web services, terminal services and optimization of a network server. Students build and administer a server-based network in a networking laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Networks 3 (COMP-0372)

Prerequisite: COMP-0371 Networks 2
In this course, students learn to configure various physical and logical topologies for an Active Directory based network. Topics include multiple authentication policies, DNS (Domain Name Services), subnetting, site objects, and complex domain configurations. Students will install and configure networking services in a networking laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Networks 4 (COMP-0373)

Prerequisite: COMP-0372 Networks 3
In this course, students learn to configure a network infrastructure to support an Active Directory based network. Topics include the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model, name resolution, DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), routing, NAT (Network Address Translation), IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), and VPN (Virtual Private Networking).

6 credit(s) No No No
Operating Systems 1 (COMP-0174)

This course examines the implementation of different operation systems such as Unix/Linux and their command sets. Topics include: planning, installation, administration, process and storage management, security, troubleshooting, network functioning and performance evaluation.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Technology Essentials 1 (COMP-0391)

This course teaches the fundamental skills in electronics, digital, and shop practices required to work in the computer job market. Through a theoretical and practical approach, students learn basic skills such as soldering, DC electronics basics, logic gates, meters and safety in the workplace.

6 credit(s) No No No
Technology Essentials 2 (COMP-0522)

Prerequisites: COMP-0391 Technology Essentials 1, COMP-0372 Networks 2
This course builds a basic foundation of how programming and scripting is performed. Students learn basic HTML design and learn basic troubleshooting skills. Fundamental understanding of how webpages are built, advanced scripting using PowerShell gives students real-world challenges in a domain network environment; students explore scripting scenarios for finding solutions in hardware inventory, custom scripts for Active Directory management and environment manipulation.

6 credit(s) No No Yes
Writing Skills (COMM-0136)

The ability of writers to gather and interpret information, then create and present text and/or content in a clear, concise and coherent manner, is essential to the credibility, accessibility and professional presentation of any print, broadcast or multimedia venture. This course focuses on the fundamental building blocks of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage.

3 credit(s) No No Yes
Year Two Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Emerging Technologies (COMP-0407)

Prerequisites: COMP-0268 Network Routing 4
This course examines emerging technologies in the computer enterprise networking and support areas that are not covered in other core courses in the Communications Engineering Technology program. Students explore technologies such as vendor-specific routing and firewall solutions, enterprise storage, and non-mainstream computer architecture and operating systems. Learning takes place largely through hands-on experimentation with these emerging hardware and software technologies.

6 credit(s) No No No
Network Routing 3 (COMP-0267)

Prerequisite: COMP-0266 Network Routing 2
This course leads students into advanced router configurations, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGPR) routing protocols, Spanning Tree Protocol, Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) and advanced VLAN switches and programming. Students also learn supernetting and Classless Inter Domain Routing (CIDR). This follows the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) 3 curriculum.

6 credit(s) No No No
Network Routing 4 (COMP-0268)

Prerequisite: COMP-0267 Network Routing 3
Students learn Network Address Translation (NAT) and Port Address Translation (PAT) as well as Point to Point Protocol (PPP) routing solutions. Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Frame Relay and Wide Area Network (WAN) theory are also covered in depth. This follows the Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) 4 curriculum.

6 credit(s) No No No
Network Security (COMP-0505)

Prerequisite: COMP-0390 Operating Systems 2
Corequisites: COMP-0507 Networks 9, COMP-0377 Wireless Networking
In Network Security, a networking professional demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. This course emphasizes state-of-the-art security technologies, competent installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 5 (COMP-0374)

Prerequisite: COMP-0373 Networks 4
In this course, students learn to plan, implement and maintain a network infrastructure. Topics include NAP (Network Access Protection), firewall configuration, WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), virtualization, RDS (Remote Desktop Services), IIS (Internet Information Services), and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). Students will configure and experiment with these topics in a networking laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 6 (COMP-0375)

Prerequisite: COMP-0374 Networks 5
In this course, students learn to design a network infrastructure and directory services topology to meet the needs of a business. Design topics include the design of physical and logical network topologies, name resolution strategies, and secure connection of private and public networks. Students are also introduced to cloud computing topics, using Microsoft Azure cloud services. Cloud computing topics include virtual machines, virtual networks, gateways, hybrid networks, web sites, traffic manager, and storage accounts.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 7 (COMP-0376)

Prerequisite: COMP-0375 Networks 6, COMP-0522 Technology Essentials 2
In this course, students learn to set up, manage, maintain, and support a messaging system for an existing network. Topics include: supporting email client software and administration of the underlying infrastructure to deliver messages to the appropriate recipient or destination network. Students practice and enhance the skills needed for message delivery in a networking laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 8 (COMP-0506)

Prerequisite: COMP-0375 Networks 6
This course teaches the advanced skills to configure and manage Local Area Network servers. Students learn how to implement high availability server clusters with iSCSI shared storage, maximize inter-site traffic with branch caching and configure claims based file security using Dynamic Access Control. Other topics include Application Virtualization, Direct Access, Federated Trusts and Rights Management Services.

6 credit(s) No No No
Networks 9 (COMP-0507)

Prerequisite: COMP-0506 Networks 8
This course examines the use of Microsoft's System Center Suite to deploy and manage client and server operating systems and applications to networked computers. Students learn to comprehensively assess, deploy, and update servers and client computers across physical and virtual networked environments.

6 credit(s) No No No
Operating Systems 2 (COMP-0390)

Prerequisites: COMP-0174 Operating Systems 1, COMP-0443 Network Routing 1, COMP-0372 Networks 3
Building on the skills learned in Operating Systems 1, students continue on to more advanced operating system topics. This course focuses on the practical application of the hands-on skills from Operating Systems 1, as well as the seamless integration of alternative operating systems into Microsoft-based networking environments.

6 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - CMPST (PRAC-0075)

Prerequisites: COMP-0506 Networks 9, COMP-0268 Network Routing 4 plus cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.5 or greater
During a period of eight weeks, students are assigned to unpaid positions in computer-related fields or to instructor-assigned duties, to observe, practice and work in employment situations. In all cases, placements are designed to complement the training and experience level achieved by the student, and to enhance student employability.

8 credit(s) No No No
Technology Essentials 3 (COMP-0568)

Prerequisites: COMP-0372 Networks 3, COMP-0522 Technology Essentials 2
In this course, students learn to install and manage a cloud-based service to manage corporate and privately owned mobile devices. Topics include configuration and synchronization of Active Directory to Microsoft Azure and Intune, setting policies on mobile devices, setting and ensuring device compliance, and mitigation of devices that fall out of scope. Students build and administer a cloud based management platform for all mobile devices including laptops, tablets and phones in the laboratory.

6 credit(s) No No No
Wireless Networking (COMP-0377)

Prerequisite: COMP-0266 Network Routing 2
This is a hands-on course that explores the design, implementation and troubleshooting of wireless local area networks (WLAN). Topics include the IEEE 802.11 standard, spectrum allocation, modulation, antennas and propagation theory, wireless security, site survey and documentation, encryption and authentication, and troubleshooting performance issues.

6 credit(s) No No No

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