All provisions within this catalog are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or comments, please contact admissions@gfcmsu.edu.

Information Technology Systems (ITS)


ITS 094 PCE Non-Credit ITS Course

CEUs: 6

Term: (Based on sufficient demand)

Non-credit professional and continuing education (PCE) courses offered to provide condensed coursework to meet the needs of working students and professionals. These courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and are transcribed on the student's continuing education transcript.

ITS 125 Fund of Voice & Data Cabling

Credits: 3

Term: (F)

Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling is a lecture and hands-on course that focuses on industry standards and techniques for the design and implementation of structured cabling systems. Students will demonstrate competency in the installation and termination of both copper and fiber optic cabling, including the proper use of tools and test equipment. Course assessments are used to show the student’s understanding of the course content. This course is designed around the hybrid learning model. All lab experiences will be on campus.

ITS 164 Networking Fundamentals

Credits: 3

Term: (F, and Su based on sufficient demand)

This course is an introduction to networking fundamentals with both lecture and hands-on activities. Topics include the OSI model and industry standards, network topologies, IP addressing (including subnet masks), and basic network design. Concepts are reinforced with lab activities using equipment in live and simulated environments. CompTIA Network+ certification objectives.

ITS 210 Network OS - Desktop

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: CSCI 105

This course examines the role of operating system software and various user interfaces. The primary focus will be on using a command line interface for file management tasks as well as creating and troubleshooting batch files. File management, troubleshooting, application, Internet and administrative functions in a graphical interface will also be examined. This course maps to the MCSE/MCSA Exam certification.

ITS 212 Network Operating System—Server Admin

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite OR Corequisite: ITS 210 and ITS 164

This class provides in-depth study of secure, multi-user, client-based network operating systems. Topics include installation, administration of resources, performance, network services, and security.

ITS 215 Network OS -Dir /Infrastructre

Credits: 4

Term: (F)

Prerequisite OR Corequisite: CSCI 105 and ITS 210

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to manage accounts and resources, maintain server resources, monitor server performance, and safeguard data in a Microsoft Windows Server enfironment. This course will help the student prepare for two of the Microsoft Certified Professional exams.

ITS 218 Network Security

Credits: 3

Term: (S, Su based on sufficient Demand)

Prerequisite: ITS 164 or NTS 206

Security baselines, network infrastructure security, web security, cryptography, operations security, and security management. CompTIA Security+ certification objectives.

ITS 222 Enterprise Security

Credits: 3

Term: (S, Su based on sufficient demand)

Examination of general information technology security concepts. Topics include access control, authentication, attack methods, remote access, web security, wireless networks, cryptography, internal infrastructure security, and external attacks. Security procedures, organizational policies, risk management and disaster recovery addressed.

ITS 224 Introduction To Linux

Credits: 4

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: CSCI 105

This course will help the student understand the many complex topics of Linux/Unix based systems and help students master Linux network administration. Students will use various learning tools, hands on projects and case projects to allow students to implement the practices they will be learning. This course will help prepare students to successfully complete the CompTIA Linux + exam.

ITS 245 Exploring Computer Forensics

Credits: 3

Term: (F, Su based on sufficient demand)

This course is an exploration into computer forensics in which a student will be able to use the skills and knowledge acquired and apply that knowledge to computers and mobile forensic concepts in forensic investigations procedures.

ITS 256 CCNA Security

Credits: 3

Term: (F, Su Based on sufficient demand)

Prerequisite: NTS 206

CCNA Security aims to develop an in-depth understanding of network security principles as well as the tools and configurations available. The course covers the following concepts: protocol sniffers/analyzers, TCP/IP and common desktop utilities, Cisco IOS® Software, Cisco VPN client, Packet Tracer, and web-based resources. Various types of hands-on labs provide practical experience, including procedural and troubleshooting labs, skills integration challenges, and model building. The curriculum also includes Packet Tracer-based skills integration challenges that build throughout the course and lead to an “exam-like” culminating activity in the last chapter.

ITS 265 CCNP Enterprise: Core Networking 1

Credits: 4

Term: (F)

Prerequisite: NTS 206

This course covers switching, routing, wireless, and related security topics, along with the technologies that support software-defined programmable networks.

ITS 267 CCNP Enterprise: Core Networking 2

Credits: 4

Term: (F)

Prerequisite OR Corequisite: ITS 265

This is the second CCNP course which prepares students for the concentration exam Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services (300-410 ENARSI) to complete CCNP Enterprise certification.

ITS 271 Securing Desktop/Mobile Device

Credits: 4 (3 Lecture, 1 Lab)

Term: (F, Su based on sufficient demand)

Prerequisite OR Corequisite: ITS 215 or Consent of Instructor

Course provides advanced technical information and relevant skills to successfully secure end-user devices, including desktop and laptop systems, tablets, cellular phones, and other portable computing equipment. Building on existing knowledge and skills in the areas of server management, network management, and security, students will gain mastery-level knowledge of security issues and best practices. Course content covers client/server exposures and protections (authentication options, packet signing and encryption of network traffic, appropriate implementation of permissions and rights); malware threats and treatments; transmission choices and precautions (wired, wireless, remote desktop access, virtual private networking (VPN)); cloud computing considerations; and corporate mobile device best practices. Hardening of the operating system and application software is also covered. Course content will focus on business-focused security practices to prepare students for Security+, CISSP, and Security Pro industry certifications. Prerequisite Skills: Course builds upon established skills in security, server management, and network management. Students should be working as a network manager or have completed appropriate skills-based coursework using MS Server & VMware.

ITS 274 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite Or Corequisite: ITS 256 or ITS 218

This course gives students the skills necessary to secure network assets by exploring the mechanisms of ethical hacking.

ITS 275 Border/Perimeter Network Security

Credits: 4 (3 Lecture, 1 Lab)

Term: (F, Su based on sufficient demand)

Prerequisite: ITS 215

Course provides advanced technical information and relevant skills to successfully secure computer networks at the public/private interface. Material focuses on hardware and software-based techniques to prevent and monitor unauthorized or malicious access to corporate networks and servers. Building on existing knowledge of border and perimeter security, students will develop and implement best practices guidelines for boundary-related devices and software. Students will establish baseline assessments of network security from public access points and identify known and/or potential security vulnerabilities. Course content will focus on business-focused security practices to prepare students for the Security+, CISSP, and Security Pro industry certifications. Prerequisite Skills: Course builds upon established skills in security, server management, and network management. Students should be working as a network manager or have completed appropriate skills-based coursework using MS Server & VMware.

ITS 277 Software Assurance and File System Internals

Credits: 4

Term: (S, Su based on sufficient demand)

Prerequisite: ITS 215

Course provides advanced technical information and relevant skills to methodically secure software, including operating systems, custom application software, and commercially-available packages. Students will classify application software (including, but not limited to customer-facing, employee/partner, mobile/endpoint, database, and cloud-based), and perform risk analyses and common weakness assessments against these programs. Students will research various commercial, professional, and governmental security organizations and create a personalized repository of security-related checklists, toolkits, reference material, and resources. Students will investigate low-level file system structures such as master file tables, allocation tables, free space tables, file table entries, and metadata fields. Using common file signatures and checksums, students will verify internal content against external and metadata indicators. Students will examine 'hidden' disk space areas, including file, volume, and/or partition slack. Course content will focus on business-focused security practices to prepare students for Security+, CISSP, and Security Pro industry certifications. Prerequisite Skills: Course builds upon established skills in security, server management, and network management. Students should be working as a network manager or have completed appropriate skills-based coursework using MS Server & VMware.

ITS 280 Computer Repair & Maintenance

Credits: 4

Term: (S)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: CSCI 105 or consent of instructor

The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to troubleshoot and repair microcomputer systems. This goal is achieved through a three-part effort: (1) theory presentation with regular assessment; (2) hands-on operation and exploration in lab experiments; and (3) troubleshooting applications in the lab. Hands-on training includes servicing microcomputers, identification, installation, and configuration of microprocessors, memory, system boards, power supplies, and floppy and disk drives. The emphasis of this course is both the hardware and operating systems for the CompTia A+ Essentials and IT Technician Certification tests.

ITS 289 Professional Certification

Credits: 1

Term: (F, S, Su Based on sufficient demand)

Review objectives of an information technology industry-based professional certification. Certification objectives, preparation strategies, and exam strategies included. Course can be repeated for different industry-based professional certifications.

ITS 291 Special Topics

Credits: 1-9

Term: (Based on sufficient demand)

Prerequisite: NTS 104, ITS 215, and ITS 217, or consent of instructor

This course provides students with supporting knowledge and advanced skills required to set up, configure, use, and support network operating systems. This course also helps prepare the student to meet requirements to become a certified professional. Topics vary and will be determined by industry changes, technological advances, and student interest.

ITS 298 Internship

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor

This is the final course that completes the student's curriculum for the Computer Information Technology (CIT) degrees. This will provide students the ability to acquire firsthand experience by completing an internship, and study interviewing techniques including preparation of an appropriate resume, personal letterhead, and appropriate methods used for contacting potential employers, personal dress, and attitudes relating to the interview presentation process.

ITS 299 Capstone

Credits: 3

Term: (S)

Prerequisite: Sophomore status or consent of instructor

This is the final course that completes the student's curriculum for the Computer Information Technology degrees. Students will pull together what they have learned in their previous classes and demonstrate their capabilities. The course provides students with the experience in training and supporting end users, techniques for developing and delivering training modules, and strategies for providing on-going technical support. Emphasis is on problem solving, such as debugging, troubleshooting, and interaction with users. Students will acquire firsthand experience and study interviewing techniques including preparation of an appropriate resume, personal letterhead, and appropriate methods used for contacting potential employers, personal dress, and attitudes relating to the interview presentation process.