Computer Networking & Digital Forensics

CIP: 11.0901

C.S.I. for Computers

The Computer Networking & Digital Forensics curriculum centers on networks and the computer devices that comprise a typical network, including building, maintaining and supporting computer network systems forming the foundation for beginning a career in Information Technology. With a solid understanding of network fundamentals, a variety of careers related to information technology are possible such as: desktop support, network administration, computer forensics, IT security, and litigation support. Industry certifications align with CompTIA including A+, Network+ and Security+. Students have the opportunity to pursue the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) certifications. Computer forensics certifications include AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE) and AccessData Mobile Phone Examiner (AME). Additionally, there is a copper based certification. Upon achieving the skills and certifications offered in the program, students are competitive for entry level employment in Information Technology as well as many post-secondary colleges or universities.


Industry Partner NEW
A provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise has partnered with this program to develop a journeyman program, offering students the opportunity to earn specialized certifications.


Eligible students will now have the opportunity to earn college credits and fulfill high school requirements at the same time through dual enrollment.

PnCol3LnPBlk.287  The Penn College NOW program enables qualified DCTS students to enroll in college-level courses during the regular school day to earn concurrent high school and transcripted college credit at no tuition cost to the student. The Penn College NOW courses are taught by DCTS instructors.

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CSC 124 – Information, Technology, & Society

Introduction to the basic concepts and applications of computer and Internet-related information technology and its impacts on individual users, businesses, groups, organizations, and society. Topics include access, evaluation, and use of digital information, ethical and security implications of information use and storage; human-computer interactions; social aspects of information systems; economic and legal issues; and professional presentation and communication of information. Information literacy skills that promote lifelong learning are developed through exposure to various existing and emerging technologies, including information resources, communication methods and technology.

EET 145 – Networking I

Fundamental concepts of operation, installation, and configuration of the hardware and operating system software for computer networks presented with an emphasis on the hands-on, practical experiences needed to service enterprise computing systems used in industry. Network topologies, protocols, cabling systems, and server operating system software installation and service configuration are covered with an emphasis on entry-level skills for network professionals.


Computer Networking & Digital Forensics

Instructor: David Tatum
Location: Aston Campus

Successful Students Need:

Algebra l & ll, Geometry, College Prep English, Chemistry, Physics, Critical Thinking, Troubleshooting skills, Deductive Reasoning, Systems Evaluation Ability

Career Opportunities:

with certifications or specialized training

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • LAN Specialist

2-year college degrees

  • Network Service Technician
  • Telecommunications Technologist

with 4-year college degrees or higher

  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Network/Security Systems Engineer


  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals Copper Based Cabling AccessData AME AccessData ACE

Advanced Credits: