Computer Network Engineering
Q: I am a college professor at a small private college and also an NT system administrator. I am currently implementing a Bachelor degree in Computer Network Engineering at our college. I have several questions to ask for suggestions. I truely believe that an academic program should not only follow academic standards but also follow industry needs. Your answer to any of the following questions will be sincerely appreciated. 1. Can any one give a definition to "Computer Network Engineering"? I will refer this program as CNE. Oops, not mean "Certified Network Engineer". 2. Is CNE more software-oriented or more hardware-oriented? 3. What areas should be included in CNE? Or what courses should be included in CNE? 4. Do you think courses like "Circuit Analysis", Digital Electronics", heavey electronic-oriented, should be included in CNE program? As a network engineer, do you use this kind of knowledge? 5. Have you ever heard about such a college degree program? 6. I am also interested in bringing MS certification program into our college. Do you have any suggestions to integrate this program with a college program? 7. Anythings I did not mention but related to CNE.
A: 1. To me, it would seem to define the actual construction of a networking platform using existing hardware/software. I would assume this, as it is a college, not a university. Then I would assume it to be the actual FULL construction/design of a networking system, from the theoretical to the practical. The actual design of the chips/boards etc that the network would operate on. 2. It is neither. You require both to orchestrate a network on any level. Proper implementation of the networks require that both hardware and software operate both correctly and with stability. This would apply to either of the above definitions of your course. 3. To answer that, I'd need to hear from you, weither you want to operate it in the sense of using existing hardware/software technologies, or to design your own networking components. 4. I do not, as a lowly System's Administrator. However, should the need arise, and I am in a pinch, (????) I could design my own electronics to operate something here. Why would I have to? Who knows.... I am using (and am only paid to use) existing hardware/software solutions to meet the demands of my current employ. If your course is made to meet these criteria, then I would say NO. Basic teachings of hardware components (hubs/routers/bridges/etc) and software (NT, NetWare, office products) would be all that is required. Who cares HOW you design a hub? if all you will be doing is buying it for implementation. You'll want to know how to interface it into your network, and have the background knowledge of WHY one is better than the other according to it's input's and output's, etc. 5. No. However, I graduated from DeVry (when it was reputable), and can honestly say that I have a much more intense knowledge of design, etc. than other college graduates (and some university grad's........), so I say, the more knowledge the better. 6. I hear it's a good thing to do. I am not. I never will be. But, hey, it'll help them get jobs. What about CNE training? 7. I could spew for hours......
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