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Computer Science Network & Security OSA

Occupational Skills Awards (OSA) are locally approved sequences of courses designed to provide entry-level employment skills or industry certifications in an abbreviated timeframe. Continuing Education offers a non-credit pathway of mirrored courses for this OSA.


This OSA prepares students to take the CompTIA Network and Security exams. Network and Certification is the sign of a qualified networking professional. Networking courses cover network technologies, installation, and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician, and IT cable installer. Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of computer security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Courses cover, network security, compliance, and operational security, access control and identity management, and cryptography.


Professional certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft are world-recognized information technology credentials sought by IT professionals and are often specified as required by companies seeking qualified new hire candidates. Visit ( and/or ( for more information.


  • Degree Type: None Awarded
  • Required courses may be available online
  • TSI: Not required


Capstone courses in preparation for industry certification exams listed below


  • *Network+ exam


Contact the Continuing Education Office at 903-675-6212 or email for more information.


Courses Required       

Assists individuals in preparing for the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Network+ certification exam and careers as a network professional. Lab fee.

Instruction in networking technologies and their implementation. Topics include the OSI reference model, network protocols, transmission media, and networking hardware and software. Identify and use network transmission media; explain the OSI model; recognize the primary network topologies/protocols, identify their characteristics, and determine which would be most appropriate for a proposed network; identify the functions of a network operating system and distinguish between centralized, client/server, and peer-to-peer systems; and distinguish between local area networks (LANs) and wide-area networks (WANs) and identify the components used to expand a LAN into a WAN. Lab fee.

An introduction to information securing including vocabulary and terminology, ethics, the legal environment, and risk management. Identification of exposures and vulnerabilities and appropriate countermeasures are addressed. The importance of appropriate planning, policies, and controls are also discussed. Lab fee.

Instruction in security for network hardware, software, and data, including physical security; backup procedures; relevant tools, encryption; and protection from viruses. Lab fee.

Posted Date:
6/14/2023 9:58:31 AM