Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology (CENT)
Computing, electronics, and networking programs provide students with the skills required to design, install, configure and maintain enterprise-wide networks. When enhanced with a strong business foundation, students also learn the application of general management, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills in a technical environment.
UH West O‘ahu’s Bachelor of Applied Science with a concentration in Computing, Electronics and Networking Technology (CENT) degree, in partnership with Honolulu Community College’s associate’s program, provides graduates with the higher-level management background and cutting-edge technical skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Students may attend both programs simultaneously or sequentially and can receive both an associate’s degree from Honolulu Community College and a bachelor’s degree from UH West O‘ahu. Courses at UH West O‘ahu are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.
CAREERS & EARNING POTENTIAL
Job opportunities in computer network management are abudant and highly lucrative. CENT graduates are qualified for a number of computer-related careers, including computer engineer, information technology department manager, network technician, system support specialist, network administrator, system administrator, computer consultant, help-desk manager, technical services manager, software programmer, and more. Graduates may work in corporate information technology departments as well as develop their own computer consulting companies.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, network and computer systems administrators earn roughly $66,300 a year. In Hawai‘i, computing and information systems managers earn an average of $93,600 a year. The projected employment for system managers, from 2006 to 2016, is expected to grow faster than average at 14 percent to 20 percent.
CENT 305 Information Systems Security
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of security as applied to information systems. Topics include developing security policies, host-based security, network security, security software tools, layered security and the use of security devices on the network such as firewalls and packet filters. Intrusion detection, incident handling, and legal, ethical, and professional issues are also covered.
CENT 310 Network Security
This course introduces the student to the various methodologies for defending a network. Security is presented from the perspective of Defense in Depth. The students will be exposed to information system vulnerabilities and threats along with various methods of mitigation. The student will be introduced to the concepts, principles, types and topologies of firewalls including: packet filtering, proxy firewalls, application gateways, and stateful inspection. This course will expose the student to the various defense methodologies associated with Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Host Intrusion Detection Systems (HIDS) and Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS). The student will also be introduced to securing wireless, voice, and video systems. Securing Internet and collaborative applications will also be discussed.
CENT 315 Network Management
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of managing a computer network. This course will cover the role of the network manager in developing and maintaining a computer networking environment. Concepts such as network planning, network administration, traffi c monitoring, and network performance will be covered. Students will learn how to use network management tools.
CENT 410 IT Project Management
This course provides the opportunity for students to practice the application and integration of the project management body of knowledge areas to managing information technology (IT) projects. The primary focus is on project management principles associated with managing an IT project’s goal, scope, schedule, and budget. Additional topics include quality, risk and knowledge management as well as an analysis of software tools that support the activities associated with project management.
ISA 400 Management of Information Security
This course primarily focuses on the managerial aspects of information security, such as access control models, information security governance, and information security program assessment and metrics. Coverage on the foundational and technical components of information security is included to reinforce key concepts.
The CENT program is offered in partnership with Honolulu Community College (HCC). HCC associate’s degree CENT students as well as students pursuing the Advanced Professional Certificate in CENT, who meet UH West O‘ahu admission criteria, are eligible to be admitted to the University. HCC students may also be concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science program at UH West O‘ahu. The purpose of this degree pathway is to facilitate a smooth transition for students entering HCC or UH West O‘ahu when working toward a bachelor’s degree in CENT.
Dr. Matthew Chapman, Assistant Professor