Courses for those interested in systems administration are typically offered through associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in networking and system administration, computer science and computer information systems. Courses may also be available through undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in network and systems administration. Because computer networks and systems are utilized by so many individuals, businesses and organizations, graduates may find work in a variety of industries.
Systems administrator course topics can include:
- Network design
- High performance computing
- LANs and WANs
- System security
- Mobile device technology
- Network troubleshooting
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Information Systems Course
This course provides a general overview of computer technology and essential terminology, with emphasis on the connection between information systems and business needs. Students gain an introductory understanding of hardware, software, operating systems and Internet tools. In addition to learning about networking, word processing and software applications, students develop an understanding of integral business management concepts and practices.
Basic and Advanced System Administration Courses
In this sequence of courses, students get a more in-depth look at the knowledge and skills to oversee an organization's computer systems. Various topics including security maintenance, user support and backup and restoration procedures are discussed in detail. Students explore the role of administrators in solving potential problems and successfully implementing technology resources to meet business needs.
Fundamentals of Networking Course
Through this course, students gain an introductory understanding of the design and setup of local area networks (LAN). Comprehension of network infrastructure, security protocols and wireless transmission are emphasized. This course prepares students to later address more complex issues in LAN structure and to understand other varieties of networks including wide area networks (WAN) that provide broader connection possibilities.
Database Management Course
Here students explore the fundamental methods of developing and managing databases connected to business operation and functionality. Emphasis is placed on efficient search and data mining capabilities to give users the necessary capabilities along with sufficient ease of access. Students gain hands-on experience through use of current database systems to determine benefits and shortcomings.
Information Security Course
As computer and network systems continue to increase in use and capabilities, the possibilities for misuse and security infractions increase as well. This course highlights the necessity for rules and procedures that prohibit users from unacceptable use. Students investigate security problems within system administration and construct their own security policies, comparing their rules to existing network structures.
Problems in System Administration Course
This course presents students with specific modern problems and considerations in system administration, emphasizing appropriate troubleshooting methods and theories. The importance of diagnostic tools, teamwork and attention to detail is stressed as students seek practical solutions to complex issues.