This certificate program has been developed by FDU’s highly experienced faculty to prepare students to assume responsibilities involving IT system planning, installation and maintenance in business and industries. Students learn the fundamentals of operating systems, networking and information security, and they obtain hands-on lab experience in these subjects. Looking ahead, employment opportunities in network administration are expected to be above average in the overall IT sector. Students must complete 15 credits of required courses and one 3-credit elective course and will be eligible to receive a certificate in this area. Moreover, students are encouraged to obtain professional certifications to enhance their career objectives. A number of courses in this certificate program may help lead to professional certification in Network+or Security+. To take any course in the certificate program , a student must meet all the prerequisites for that required course.

Curriculum Plan

Required Courses

  • INFO2101     Computer Programming for Information Technologists I
  • INFO4101     Data Communication & Computer Networks I
  • INFO4102     Data Communication & Computer Networks II
  • INFO4201     IT needs Assessment & Management
  • INFO4891     Network & Info Security


INFO4278     Operating Systems


Course Descriptions

  • INFO2101 Elements of algorithm design and problem solving. Elementary data types and arrays. Basic control structures: sequential, conditional, iterative. Assignment statements. Basic input/output. Elements of methods. Design, coding and implementation of programs in various areas using a language such as Java. Prerequisites: INFO 1101 Computer Concepts and Technology and INFO 1105 Software Application in Business and Technology Or permission of instructor

  • INFO4101 This course provides a comprehensive overview of data communications and computer networks, with emphasis on network simulation and network protocols. The topics to be covered include network components and model, network services and applications, network transport architectures, routing and switching, local area networks, mobile networks and network security and management. Integrated laboratory experience.

  • INFO4102 This course builds upon the networking concepts introduced in INFO 4101 Data Communications and Computer Networks I. Topics covered include system administration, communications software, network technologies, LAN models, Ethernet, switches, routers, bridges, and hardware components used in a converged network. Students learn how to establish and maintain a local area network and extend their learning to network convergence including media transmission, quality of services and network performance. Integrated laboratory experience. Prerequisite: INFO4101 Data Communications and Computer Networks I.

  • INFO4201 This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of needs assessment and management as applied to information technology. Students study how to integrate, maintain and manage information technology in modern organizations. They learn how to systematically assess customer needs and problems and provide them with cost-efficient and effective solutions.

  • INFO4278 This course presents an introduction to the fundamental principles of operating systems in terms of resource management and machine virtualization. Topics include system services, process management, process concurrency and synchronization, threads, CPU scheduling, memory, device and file management, distributed systems and security, Integrated lab experience.

  • INFO4891 Coverage of potential threats to a stand-alone or networked computer. The course includes strategies to harden the system against these threats and discusses the liability of the network administrator for crimes committed via the network. Business issues considered include social engineering, continuity, data backup and recovery, and risk analysis.