Computer Networking

The systems that run and enable our modern lifestyle – content streaming, social media, AI search engines, VR and MP gaming – all depend on computer hardware and network devices. That is what the Computer Networking Technologies program of study is all about. Those same devices that remain a mystery to most while they watch videos and stream music, is what the students in this program learn to manipulate.


We prepare students to enter the computer networking field as a level I support technician. By using the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications as a guide, we provide them with a broad foundation upon which they can build a career in the IT field. The entire program of study is a parade of topics that build upon one another. What is covered on the first day, is needed to complete the last day.


Industry Certifications

Students in this program of study can elect to take either or both of the CompTIA A+ and Networking+ certification exams. Practice materials are provided during year one. The A+ exam exam is typically taken in the first semester and the Network+ exam in the second semester.

Instructor Contact Information

Stephen J Kosman

skosman@acti-pa.org

Adams County Technical Institute

1126 Old Harrisburg Road

Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-6254, Option #8

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Task List

The task list is the state-mandated set of topics that the program of study must cover to qualify as a career and technical program. The lists are associated with the CIP code for each program of study.

Units of Study – Junior Year
  • Workspace Knowledge and Safety
    • ESD Procedures
    • Storage and disposal of materials
    • SDS
    • Fire and fire extinguishers
  • Tools and Equipment
    • PPE (102)
    • Hardware/hand tools
    • Network testing
    • Multimeters
  • Hardware specifications
    • Cases
    • Processor
    • Memory
    • Storage and Storage Media
    • e. Graphics
    • USB
    • Peripherals/Expansion slots
    • NIC – wired and wireless
  • PC Building
    • Fasteners
    • Power Supplies
  • System board
    • CMOS
    • Integrated / Internal components
    • Cable Management
    • I/O Connections
    • Displays
  • BIOS\UEFI
  • Installing an OS – Windows
  • Configuring an OS
    • Drivers
    • Users
    • SecPol (local)
    • gpedit (local)
    • msconfig
    • Services
    • Task manager
    • Scheduled tasks
    • Batch Files
  • Laptops
    • Disassembly/Reassembly
    • Repair – Parts replacement
  • Disk Partitions
    • Secondary hard drive
    • Dual Boot/Multiple OS Systems
  • RAID arrays
  • Troubleshooting Windows Systems
    • OSI – Introduction
    • Layers 5-7
  • Installing an OS – Linux
  • Virtualization
    • Windows VM
    • Linux VM
    • Host – VM shared resources
  • Basic Network Infrastructure
    • CAT5e cabling
    • Patch Cables
    • Patch Panels
    • MDF/IDF/Demark
    • Horizontal Runs/Vertical Runs
    • Switches/Routers – definitions
  • IPv4 Introduction
    • Classfull Addresses
    • Subnet Mask
    • Gateway
    • DNS
    • Public/Private
    • Static/DHCP
  • Peer-Peer Networks
  • Shared Resources in Windows
    • Permissions
    • Security
  • Client Server Networks – Windows
    • Joining a MS Domain
    • GPO – Server
    • Domain vs Local permissions
  • SOHO Networks
    • Firewall/Pat/NAT
    • FTP
    • Media Servers
  • Remote Desktop
    • RDP/RDC
    • Third-party solutions
  • Wireless Network – Basic
    • SSID
    • Encryption
    • Wireless Broadcast Standards
    • Security
  • Troubleshooting Networks
    • OSI – Layers 1-7
    • Common Network issues
  • Printers
    • Types
    • Laser Printer cycle
    • Local vs. IP vs. Network
    • Troubleshooting
  • Mobile Devices
    • Android
    • iOS
    • MDM
  • Monitoring and Control
    • Raspberry Pi\Arduino
    • Nmap
Units of Study – Senior Year
  • Network Topography
    • Logical Diagrams
    • Physical Diagrams
    • Network Documentation
  • Cabling
    • Copper Specifications
    • Copper Terminations
    • Fiber Specifications
  • Windows Server Virtualization
    • DHCP
    • DNS
    • FTP
    • Web
    • Paas/SaaS
  • Domain Names and DNS
  • TCP/IP Protocols
    • TCP/IP Headers
    • ARP
    • ICMP
  • CLI Interfaces Switches/Routers
    • Default Routes
    • DHCP
    • Interface Configuration
  • Network Troubleshooting utilities
    • CLI
    • Wireshark
    • NMAP
  • Subnets
  • VLANs and Segmentation
    • Use of sub-interfaces
    • Trunking
  • PAT/NAT
  • Best Path Routing Protocols
    • IG/EG Protocols
    • RIP/RIPv2
    • OSPF
    • IS-IS
    • EIGRP
    • BGP
  • IP v6
  • ACLs
  • Infrastructure Basic Security
    • Physical
    • Local authentication
    • Chain of Custody
  • Remote Administration
    • Telenet
    • Radius
    • TACACS
  • WAN
  • VPN
  • WiFi Security
    • WEP
    • WPA/WPA 2
    • Personal vs Enterprise
    • Types of attacks
  • Network Maintenance
    • System images
    • MS MDT
    • Off-site backups