Computer Systems Networking & Security

Computer Systems Networking & Security

Location: East Campus (Oley)          Instructor: Christopher Nappi          CIP Code: 11.0901

Computer Systems Networking & Security is a professional course that prepares students with industry standard credentials and technical certifications to aid in their understanding of computers and the inter-working of them. While working in BCTC’s state-of-the-art lab, students will use concepts introduced in theory and reinforced through a hands-on curriculum to build and repair computer systems and understand and configure components of a computer networking infrastructure.

The instruction focuses on A+ fundamentals, Operating System Fundamentals, Networking Fundamentals, Server Administration, Network Security Fundamentals, Alternate Operating Systems, and Advanced Concepts of Networking. The curriculum is reviewed annually for relevancy and updated as industry standards dictate.

Upon completion of the course, students are prepared for a variety of certification exams including the Test Out Routing and Switching Pro Certification.

Graduates of this program are well prepared for entry level employment. Additional education can lead to more opportunities in networking and information technology.

Industry Certifications:

TestOut Routing & Switching Pro Certification, TestOut Server 2016 Installation & Storage Certification

Optional Certifications:
CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCNA


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

• One Navy Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL
• Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo• Navy Long Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo
• Cotton blue jeans, Khakis/cargo pants, Dress pants – proper fitting and no holes

• Skirts, dress shorts – cargo/denim/golf style appropriate length – to the knee and proper fitting and no holes

Closed toed, appropriate casual business attire footwear N/A



Students are not required to purchase texted until directed to do so by instructor. The link provided for each book title will take you to Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Goodheart-Wilcox. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Security Essentialsby Linda K. Lavender

ISBN #: 978-1-64564-637-2

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment Description 

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Closed toed, appropriate casual business attire footwear 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Computer Systems Networking & Security

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Network & Computer Administrator
  • Network & Computer Technician
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Chief Information Officer
  • MIS Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Teledata Communications Engineer