Learn about PC hardware, software, and networking, as well as core skills for computing professionals. Cyber students are prepared for entry-level positions across the computing industry and in government, and have an opportunity to sit for nationally recognized certifications from Cisco and CompTIA.
Cyber Technology — NSC STEM Pathways
- What students will learn
- Learning objectives by module
- Course assessments, activities, and outline
- Other course details
- System requirements
- Included instructor tools
What students will learn
The NSC Cyber Technology certificate program has learning outcomes in the categories of Computers and Electronics, Hardware, Operating Systems, Systems Life Cycle, Network Management, Knowledge Management, Incident Management, Information Technology Performance Assessment, Information Systems and Network Security, Critical Thinking and Troubleshooting, and Communication. These outcomes are broad themes of the program, achieved in one or more of its courses:
- Skill in a systems approach to critical thinking.
- Skill in effective professional communication.
- Skill in the basic operation of computers.
- Knowledge of basic physical computer components and architectures, including the functions of various components and peripherals such as central processing units (CPUs), network interface cards (NICs), and data storage.
- Knowledge of electronic devices such as computer systems/components, access control devices, digital cameras, electronic organizers, hard drives, memory cards, modems, network components, printers, removable storage devices, scanners, telephones, copiers, credit card skimmers, facsimile machines, and global positioning systems.
- Skill in testing and configuring network workstations and peripherals.
- Skill in using the appropriate tools for repairing software, hardware, and peripheral equipment of a system.
- Knowledge of the type and frequency of routine maintenance needed to keep equipment functioning properly.
- Knowledge of network security architecture concepts, including topology, protocols, components, and principles.
- Skill in identifying the risks and threats to an organization’s data and providing a structured way of addressing how to safeguard these critical electronic assets.
- Knowledge of disaster recovery and continuity of operations plans.
- Knowledge of systems administration concepts.
- Knowledge of measures or indicators of system performance and availability.
- Skill in identifying possible causes of degradation of system performance or availability and initiating actions needed to mitigate this degradation.
- Knowledge of the operations and processes for diagnosing common or recurring system problems.
- Knowledge of “knowledge base” capabilities in identifying the solutions to less common and more complex system problems.
- Skill in conducting open-source research for troubleshooting novel client-level problems.
Learning objectives by module
Pathway 1: Cyber Technology
- PC Hardware
- Demonstrate understanding of PATA device configuration.
- Identify common PC ports.
- PC Software
- Identify the correct Windows tool for a given scenario.
- Network Essentials
- Configure dynamic Network Address Translation (NAT) correctly on a router.
- Demonstrate counting in decimal and binary numbering systems.
- Perform addition using binary numbers.
- Security Fundamentals
- Apply classful IPv4 subnet masks.
- Describe the use of digital certificates.
- Cisco 1: Introduction to Networks
- Compare and contrast and default routes.
- Compare and contrast static and dynamic routes.
- Correctly use tracert commands and analyze the results.
- Define the networking term “route.”
- Recognize the purpose of the default gateway.
- Cisco 2: Routing and Switching Essentials
- Demonstrate subnetting of an IPv4 network.
- Employ proper configuration techniques for static routes.
- Cisco 3: Scaling Networks
- Convert between decimal and binary values.
- Correctly interpret a routing table.
- Utilize a tool to convert decimal and hexadecimal values.
- Cisco 4: Connecting Networks
- Apply IPv6 route summarization.
- Apply manual route summarization in IPv4.
- Core Skills for Computing Professionals 1
- Convert binary and decimal values by hand.
- Describe how decimal, binary, and hexadecimal numbering systems are used in computer technology.
- Represent characters correctly using decimal, binary and hexadecimal numbering systems.
- Use a tool to convert decimal and hexadecimal values.
- Identify correct connection cable to use amongst devices.
- Identify proper use of Ethernet and console cables.
Course assessments, activities, and outline
PATHWAY 1: Cyber Technology
Course 1: PC Hardware
Course 2: PC Software
Course 3: Network Essentials
Course 4: Security Fundamentals
Course 5: Cisco 1: Introduction to Networks
Course 6: Cisco 2: Routing and Switching Essentials
Course 7: Cisco 3: Scaling Networks
Course 8: Cisco 4: Connecting Networks
Course 9: Core Skills for Computing Professionals 1
Course 10: Core Skills for Computing Professionals 2
Course 11: Core Skills for Computing Professionals 3
Course 12: Capstone
Other course details
One-year, 30-semester-credit. The OLI modules accompany face-to-face instruction, described in the downloadable course Program Guide (pg.1) and Teaching Toolkits (on the last page of each module).
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This course’s system requirements:
- none listed (subject to change)
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