Information technology foundation Training and certification in washington, DC
George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering

TAIT 0100: Information Technology Foundation
A+, Network+, MCTS, CCNA and Security+

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This hands-on course domains introduces a broad range of basic computer hardware and software topics. It is a valuable industry credential that validates the fundamental level skills and knowledge of computer professionals. Industry and government employers accept A+ as the standard in foundation-level, vendor-neutral computer certification. The new 2012 curriculum, which covers a broad range of topics such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking, is presented at a university level and pace.


This intermediate level course module prepares individuals for a career in the administration and support of computer networks across all platforms. Network+ topics include: Network Troubleshooting, TCP/IP, Network Operating Systems, Network Installation and Upgrading, Managing User Accounts and Passwords, Remote Access and Administration, and Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery. Although there are no hands-on computer exercises, students will be involved in classroom exercises. Many of the hands-on computer exercises will be conducted in the subsequent Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course.

MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

This certification course module provides a strong foundation in the Microsoft Windows Professional operating software systems. MCTS gives the student an overview of Microsoft Windows operating system including hands-on exercises and real world examples of how Windows is used in large and small computer network systems.

CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate

This more advanced certification course module provides a comprehensive introduction to deploying Cisco routers in computer networks. Cisco routers are the industry standard devices that are used to connect computers in local area networks and the internet. Through extensive hands-on exercises, students gain the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot Cisco routers. CCNA certified professionals are in great demand in the computer industry today.


Security+ validates knowledge of communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security, and general security concepts. This classroom course curriculum covers prevention of information technology theft and security of intellectual property as well as theory of security implementation and management. Industry and government employers have a growing need for skilled computer security professionals to combat hackers, decrease financial losses and secure valuable data.

Audience and Prerequisites

This course is designed for individuals who have some basic computer experience and wish to prepare for intermediate roles in the installation, configuration and administration of computer hardware, software and networks. Related experience might include familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and the Internet.

Course Outline Detail

A+ Course

Domain 1: Personal Computer Components

Domain 2: Laptops and Portable Devices

Domain 3: Operating Systems

Domain 4: Printers and Scanners

Domain 5: Networks

Domain 6: Security

Domain 7: Safety and Environmental Issues

Domain 8: Professionalism and Communication

Network+ Course

Module 1: Basic Network Knowledge

    Network Definitions

    Network Models


    Network Addressing

    Signaling Concepts

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October 20, 2015 - April 5, 2016
Tuesdays, Thursdays
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schedule Details

Location: Arlington
Section: A63

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16.0 CEUs
160 Hours
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Module 2: Network Connectivity

    The Data Package

    Establishing a Connection

    Reliable Delivery

    Network Connectivity

    Noise Control

    Building Codes

    Connection Devices

    Design Challenge

Module 3: Advanced Network Theory

    The OSI Model


     Network Resources

    Token Ring/IEEE 802.5


    Wireless Networking

Module 4: Common Network Protocols

    Families of Protocols


    Bridges and Switches

     The TCP/IP Protocol

     Building a TCP/IP Network

    The TCP/IP Suite

Module 5: TCP/IP Services

    Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

    DNS Name Resolution

    NetBIOS Support


    TCP/IP Utilities

    Upper Layer Services: FTP

Module 6: Alternate Network Protocols

    Introduction to IPX/SPX


    Introduction to Apple Open Transport

    Introduction to IPv6

Module 7: Network LAN Infrastructure

    Implement LAN Protocols on a Network6

    IP Routing

    IP Routing Tables

    Router Discovery Protocols

    Data Movement in a Routed Network

     Virtual LANs (VLANs)

Module 8: Network WAN Infrastructure

    The WAN Environment

     WAN Transmission Technologies

    WAN Connectivity Devices

    Voice Over Data Services

Module 9: Remote Networking

    Voice Over Data Services

     Remote Access Protocols

     VPN Technologies

Module 10: Network Security

     Introduction to Network Security

     Virus Protection

     Local Security

     Network Access

     Internet Security

Module 11: Disaster Recovery

     The Need for Disaster Recovery

     Disaster Recovery Plan

     Data Backups

     Fault Tolerance

Module 12: Advanced Data Storage Techniques

    Enterprise Data Storage


    Network Attached Storage

    Storage Area Networks

    The Network Baseline

    Using a Systematic Approach to Troubleshooting

    Network Support Tools

Module 14: Network Operating Systems

    Novell NetWare

    Microsoft BackOffice

    Linux History and Operation


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Course

    Windows 7 Configuration (Exam 70-680)

    Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7

    Deploying Windows 7

    Configuring Hardware and Applications

    Configuring Network Connectivity

    Configuring Access to Resources

    Configuring Mobile Computing

    Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7

    Configuring Access to Resources

    Configuring Backup and Recovery Options

Cisco Certified Network Associate Course

Topic 1: Internetworking

Topic 2: Ethernet Networking and Data Encapsulation

Topic 3: Introduction to TCP/IP

Topic 4: Easy Subnetting

Topic 5: VLSM, Summarization and Troubleshooting TCP/IP

Topic 6: Cisco IOS

Topic 7: Managing Cisco Internetwork

Topic 8: IP Routing

Topic 9: Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

Topic 10: Layer 2 Switching

Topic 11: VLAN’s and interVLAN Routing

Topic 12: Security

Topic 13: NAT

Topic 14: IPv6

Topic 15: Enhanced Switched Technologies

Topic 16: Managing Cisco Devices

Topic 17: IP Services

Topic 18: Troubleshooting IP, IPv6 and VLAN’s

Topic 19: Enhanced IGRP

Topic 20: Troubleshooting IP, IPv6 and VLAN’s

Topic 21: Wide Area Networks

Security+ Course

Module 1: General Security Concepts

  • Access Control
  • Authentication
  • Non-essential Services and Protocols
  • Attacks
  • Malicious Code
  • Social Engineering
  • Auditing - Logging, system scanning

Module 2: Communication Security

  • Remote Access
  • Email
  • Web
  • Directory - Recognition not administration
  • File Transfer
  • Wireless

Module 3: Infrastructure Security

  • Devices
  • Media
  • Security Topologies
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Security Baselines

Module 4: Basics of Cryptography

  • Algorithms
  • Concepts of Using Cryptography
  • PKI
  • Standards and Protocols
  • Key Management/Certificate Lifecycle

Module 5: Operational/Organizational Security

  • Physical Security
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Privilege Management
  • Forensics
  • Risk Identification
  • Education
  • Documentation
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