Telecommunications Technology

The Career Studies Certificate in Telecommunications Technology is designed to prepare students for employment as technicians, planners, managers, network managers, and wireless service providers in the ever-growing telecommunications industry.  This program is provided as a cooperative program between the College and BIT (formerly Buggs Island Telephone), a local telecommunications provider.

Students completing the program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to fill the growing demand for telecommunications professionals in the College's service region and across the Commonwealth.  These skills will include, but not be limited to: networking standards and popular networking protocols; use of bridges, routers, and switches; network management; wireless network administration; telecommunication installation and repair; and network security.  Through cooperation with BIT, the program will provide the latest information, focusing on technological advances and new developments in the industry.

Student must complete all of the basic components of the program which provides practical and comprehensive courses in both the classroom and in the field at a variety of physical locations.

Career Studies Certificate in Telecommunications Technology




Course Title  


Lecture Hours




Course Credits


ITN 101  

Introduction to Network Concepts 






ITN 156

Basic Switching and Routing 






ITP 170

IT Project Management 






ITN 205

Protocols and Communications I 







ITN 124

Wireless Network Administration







ITN 260

Network Security Basics 







ITN 107

PC Hardware & Troubleshooting 







ITN 195

Topics in Station Installation and Repair 







Total minimum requirements for Career Studies Certificate in Telecommunications Technology – 24


Course Descriptions

ITN 101 - Introduction to Network Concepts – Provides instruction in networking media, physical and logical topologies, common networking standards and popular networking protocols. Emphasizes the TCP/IP protocol suite and related IP addressing schemes, including CIDR. Includes selected topics in network implementation, support and LAN/WAN connectivity. Lecture 3-4 hours week

ITN 156 - Basic Switching & Routing - Centers instruction in LAN segmentation using bridges, routers, and switches. Includes fast Ethernet, access lists, routing protocols, spanning tree protocol, virtual LANS and network management.  Lecture 3-4 hours per week.

ITP 170 - IT Project Management – Examines the components and management process of complex projects from the information technology perspective. Introduces management tools and techniques useful to the IT Professional. Studies the formation and leadership
requirements of project management.

ITN 205 - Protocols & Communications I - Encompasses an overview of common networking protocols. Explores the common protocols in relationship to the OSI reference Model. Discusses X.25 Packet Switching, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), Integrated Systems Digital Network (ISDN), Frame Relay (FR), Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), High Speed Digital Network and Broadband Wireless services.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.

ITN 124 - Wireless Network Administration – Provides instruction in fundamentals of wireless information systems. Course content includes terms, standards, components, and operating requirements in the design and implementation of wireless networks.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.

ITN 195 - Topics in Station Installation & Repair – Introduces the basic knowledge of wire line telecommunication installation and repair at the customer premise. Familiarizes student with cable pairs, basic switching, and installation of buried and aerial facilities to complete the customer's telephone install. Introduces students to proper safety techniques and rules to observe in the installation of new services.

ITN 260 - Network Security Basics  - Provides instruction in the basics of network security in depth. Includes security objectives, security architecture, security models and security layers; risk management, network security policy, and security training. Includes the give security keys, confidentiality integrity, availability, accountability and audit ability. Lecture 3-4 hours per week.

ITN 107 - Personal Computer Hardware and Troubleshooting - Includes specially designed instruction to give a student a basic knowledge of hardware and software configurations. Includes the installation of various peripheral devices as well as basic system hardware components. Lecture 3-4 hours per week.