Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology

Grayson College’s Computer Maintenance program prepares students to support computers in a networked environment. Students become familiar with computer hardware, software and networking functionality, and will be prepared to take the COMPTIA, A+, Network+ Security+ and exams.

GC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Maintenance and Networking, which is the culmination of the certificates along with the core curriculum to produce a well-rounded employee. The Certificates of Completion include the following options:


Computer Network Administration prepares the student to pass the Microsoft Certified System Administrator exams. This program covers basic networking fundamentals, LINUX, Microsoft Operating Systems, and server administration. Students will also be qualified to take the A+ and Network+ exams.


Computer Network Technician prepares students to pass the Network+ exam. This certificate covers basic networking fundamentals, LINUX, Windows 7, hardware devices and protocols. Students will also be qualified to take the A+ exam at the end of the second semester.


A+ Certificate Training for Computer Support Technician is a one-year program that prepares students for a career in the computer industry. It provides comprehensive preparation for the A+ exam, an internationally recognized credential for computer maintenance technicians. 

Students may also enroll in many of these courses through the College’s Continuing Education division for non-credit experience and knowledge.


Course Requirements

The Computer Maintenance & Networking Technology program requires a High School Diploma or an equivalent for entrance into the program. The Associate of Applied Science Degree requires that TSI requirements are met.


Capstone Experience

Graduation with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Computer Maintenance & Networking Technology program requires the successful completion of a comprehensive capstone course. Graduation with the Computer Network Technician Certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s Network+ exam or a comprehensive capstone course. And graduation with the Computer Support Technician Certificate requires the successful completion of COMPTIA’s A+ exam or a comprehensive capstone course.


Local Employers

Gunter, McKinney, Sherman, Whitesboro School Districts; Texas Workforce Commission; Internet Texoma; Grayson College; Smartech; Ruiz Foods; Angels of Care; Alorica; GCEC; One Touch Engineering

Associate of Applied Science - Computer Maintenance & Network Technology

Subject Semester Hours
ENGL 1301 (Composition I) 3
CPMT 1303 or COSC 1301 (Intro to Computer Technology or Intro to Computer Science)  3
*Approved Computer Maintenance or Cyber Security elective 3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers) 3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation) 3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance)  3
*Approved Computer Maintenance or Cyber Security elective 3
*Natural Science/Math CORE 3
ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Information Security)  3
ITNW 1351 (Fundamentals of Wireless LANs) 3
ITSC 1316 (Linux Install and Configuration) 3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology) 3
*Humanities/Fine Arts elective 3
CPMT 2345 (Computer System Troubleshoot (CAPSTONE) 3
SPCH 1311 (Introduction to Speech Communication) 3
*Approved Computer Maintenance or Cyber Security elective 3
*Approved Computer Maintenance or Cyber Security elective 3
*Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
total: 60

Degree: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology.

Capstone Experience: Graduation with the Associate of Applied Science Degree requires the successful completion of the prescribed capstone course CPMT 2345.

*Approved Electives: EECT 1407, ITNW 1308, ITNW 1354, ITNW 2305, ITSC 1305, ITSW 1307, CPMT 2388, CPMT 2389, CPMT 2688, COSC 1336, COSC 1337, COSC 2336, COSC 2330, IMED 1316, IMED 2315, CPMT 1391, ITSC 2339, ITSC 1305, ITSC 1309. ITSY 2317, ITNW 2355, ITSC 1342, ITSC 2325, ITSE 2317

*Please review your Student Planner or contact your Student Success Coach/Faculty Mentor to review which courses may be used to fill this degree requirement.

Computer Network Administrator - Certificate

Subject Semester Hours
CPMT 1303 or COSC 1301 (Intro To Computer Tech OR Intro to Computer Science) 3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers) 3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
ITSC 1316 (Linux Installation and Configuration)  3
ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Info Security) 3
ITNW 2305 or ITNW 1351 (Network Administration or Fundamentals of Wireless LANs) 3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology) Capstone  3
total: 30

Capstone Experience: All students must complete the capstone course CPMT 1349

Computer Network Technician - Certificate

Subject Semester Hours
CPMT 1303 or COSC 1301 (Intro to Computer Technology or Intro to
Computer Science) 
3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 2355 (Server Virtualization) 3
ITSC 2339 or ITSC 2325 (Personal Computer Help Desk or Advanced Linux) 3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
ITSC 1316 (Linux Installation and Configuration)  3
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers)  3
ITSY 1300 (Fundamentals of Information Security)  3
CPMT 2345 (Computer Systems Troubleshooting) 3
CPMT 1349 (Computer Networking Technology) 3
ITNW 2305 or ITNW 1351 (Network Administration or Fundamentals of Wireless LANs)  3
total: 39

Capstone Experience: All students must complete the capstone course CPMT 1349.

Computer Support Technician - Certificate

Subject Semester Hours
CPMT 1303 or COSC 1301 (Intro to Computer Technology or Intro to Computer Science) 3
ITNW 1325 (Fundamentals of Networking Technologies)  3
CPMT 1311 (Intro to Computer Maintenance)  3
ITNW 1354 (Implementing and Supporting Servers) 3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
CPMT 2350 (Industry Certification Preparation)  3
total: 18

Capstone Experience: All students must complete the capstone course CPMT 2350

Information Technology Core Curriculum Certificate

This certificate will enable a student to transfer to a four-year college with the basic core courses in Information Technology.

Subject Semester Hours
BCIS 1305 (Business Computer Applications) 3
COSC 1336 (Programming Fundamentals 1) 3
CPMT 1311 (Intro Computer Maintenance) 3
CPMT 1345 (Computer Systems Maintenance) 3
ITNW 1325 (Networking Fundamentals) 3
ITSW 1307 (Introduction to Database) 3
total: 18

Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying essential and emerging business productivity information technology tools. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, data analytics, and business-oriented utilization of the internet. (BCIS 1305 is included in the Business Field of Study.)

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Overview of computer systems-hardware, operating systems, and microcomputer application software, including the Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, and databases. Current issues such as the effect of computers on society, and the history and use of computers in business, educational, and other modern settings are also studied. This course is not intended to count toward a student’s major field of study in business or computer science.

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Introduces the fundamental concepts of structured programming. Topics include software development methodology, data types, control structures, functions, arrays, and the mechanics of running, testing, and debugging. This course assumes computer literacy.

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A fundamental computer course that provides explanation of the utilization of computer hardware and software with an emphasis on terminology, acronyms, and hands on activity.

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Introduction to the installation, configuration, and maintenance of a microcomputer system.

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A study of the components within a computer system. Development of testing and troubleshooting skills.

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Networking fundamentals, terminology, hardware, software, and network architecture. Includes local and wide area networking concepts and networking installations and operations.

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Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

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Principles and practices involved in computer system troubleshooting techniques and repair procedures involving advanced diagnostic test programs and the use of specialized equipment.

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Overview of the objectives for industry specific certification exam(s).

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A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

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A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

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A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer.

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A study of telecommunications convergence technologies including telephone, LAN, WAN, wireless, voice, video, and internet protocol.

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The fundamentals of managing and configuring network clients.

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Instruction in networking technologies and their implementation. Topics include the OSI reference model, network protocols, transmission media, and networking hardware and software.

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Design, plan, implement, operate, and troubleshoot Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Includes WLAN design, installation, and configuration; and WLAN security issues and vendor interoperability strategies.

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Implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate servers in a networked computing environment.

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Topics include network components, user accounts and groups, network file systems, file system security, and network printing.

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An in-depth study of the installation, configuration, management and troubleshooting of a virtualized server environment.

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Introduction to personal computer operating systems including installation, configuration, file management, memory and storage management, control of peripheral devices, and use of utilities.

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Introduction to Linux operating system. Includes Linux installation, basic administration, utilities and commands, upgrading, networking security, and application installation. Emphasizes hands-on setup, administration, and management of Linux.

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Reading, writing, and debugging shell scripts. Development of scripts to automate frequently executed sequences of commands. Covers conditional logic, user interaction, loops, and menus to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of the user. Intended for programmers who are familiar with operating environments and reading and writing various shell scripts.

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Provides instruction in advance open-source Linux operating system. Develops directory services for clients, support users remotely, and install and configure network services.

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Diagnosis and solution of user hardware and software related problems with hands-on and/or simulated projects.

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Introduction to database theory and the practical applications of a database.

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An introduction to Information security 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 is discussed.

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Development of information security policies, standards, and guidelines for an organization. Includes Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), antivirus, Virtual Private Network (VPN), wireless communications, remote access, and other critical administrative and operational security policies. Identification of exposures and vulnerabilities and appropriate countermeasures are addressed. Emphasizes wireless security goals of availability, integrity, accuracy, and confidentiality in the design, planning, implementing, operating, and troubleshooting of wireless LAN along with appropriate planning and administrative controls.

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Last updated: 02/04/2021