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Master's Network Communications Management Courses & Tuition
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Network and Communications Management

Master of Network & Communications Management Coursework

Our Master of Network & Communications Management degree program allows you to choose one of four concentrations to focus on the network and communications management coursework designed to help you reach your career goals. Along with completing the required MNCM program courses, you can take courses within the concentration of your choice, or take your electives in a variety of disciplines.

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Required program courses (33 credit hours)

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis

Managing Organizational Change

Project Management Systems

Strategic Management of Technology

Networking Concepts and Applications

Network Security

Telecommunications Law and Regulation

Network Design and Management

Wireless Communication Systems

IP Telephony/VoIP

Telecommunications Capstone

Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis
ACCT504 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts, as well as tools used to summarize the accounting of business transactions into statements. Students use these tools to diagnose and document an organization's fiscal health, as well as examine financial analyses and statements for management control, decision-making and reporting.
Managing Organizational Change
HRM587 – 3 credit hours
This course addresses concepts and techniques required to successfully implement change across an organization. Coursework focuses on identifying an organization's vision as well as opportunities that can align the vision with the organization's structures, processes, culture and orientation to the environment. Also addressed are opportunities for, and problems in, managing human dynamics in organizations, including intervention techniques, models, principles and values that indicate how to take charge of planned change efforts in order to achieve success.
Project Management Systems
PROJ586 – 3 credit hours
With an emphasis on planning, this course introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement and control nonroutine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, organization and charters; work breakdown structures; responsibility matrixes; as well as planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications and project audits are introduced.
Strategic Management of Technology
NETW583 – 3 credit hours
This course addresses the need for managers to understand and manage technology needed to successfully compete in an increasingly sophisticated business environment. Topics include identifying technological competencies, the evolution of technology, designing and managing systems for technological innovation, integrating technology into the organization, sourcing technology and managing new product development.
Networking Concepts and Applications
MIS589 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on design, development and operation of a data communications system and computer network, and emphasizes managing data distribution and access. The course includes essential elements of networks including hardware, software and interfaces. Students use a networking software tool to build and analyze network models.
Network Security
SEC572 – 3 credit hours
This course addresses concepts and industry standards of computer networking, including the OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP and network routing concepts, and inherent risks in their use. Also addressed are digital cryptography principles and practices; major electronic email security standards; and methods by which networks may be attacked. Students use a networking software tool to build a secure network, as well as prepare to assist in incident response and management activities in the event of a network breach.
Telecommunications Law and Regulation
NETW584 – 3 credit hours
This course covers the legal and regulatory environment for telecommunications services. Coursework focuses on developing telecommunications law and policy as related to a variety of telecommunications technologies, including the broadcast spectrum of radio and television; cable and satellite; wireline and cellular telephone; and the Internet. Emphasized are the interconnected nature of media, as well as the policy rationale and techniques of government oversight.
Network Design and Management
NETW585 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on technologies and processes used to design, optimize and manage networks. Topics include functions of network standards, protocols and architecture; network design and optimization processes; and network management. Topics also include network design requirements for support of high bandwidth multimedia applications, wireless local area connections and security strategies. Students use a networking software tool to build and simulate network models.
Wireless Communication Systems
NETW589 – 3 credit hours
This course provides an essential foundation in core wireless technologies. Topics provide managers with required knowledge of voice and data systems. The current wireless industry, its recent past and emerging systems are explored through real-world projects and practitioner-based case studies.
IP Telephony/VoIP
NETW590 – 3 credit hours
This course examines technologies that carry voice communications over an IP network, including digitization and packetization of voice streams. Coursework addresses VoIP standards and protocols such as SIP and H.323 that support creation of telephony systems using advanced VoIP technology applications. Fundamentals of VoIP such as QoS, traffic aggregation issues, bandwidth management and network assessment are also investigated.
Telecommunications Capstone
NETW600 – 3 credit hours
Students in this culminating course, intended to be taken as the last course, integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the MNCM program. Students develop, design and present projects based on real-world situations. They plan and justify the project; meet performance, schedule and budget requirements; adjust for unplanned occurrences; and provide project reports.

Capstone Course: Telecommunications Capstone

The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've worked to develop as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.

Elective courses (12 credit hours)

Choose any four courses listed in the concentration areas below if you do not wish to pursue a specific concentration. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites.

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Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose one concentration from the list below:

Wireless

Concentration courses include the following (12 credit hours)

Wireless Technologies

Wireless Devices and Applications

Wireless Networks

Management of Wireless Systems

Wireless Technologies
NETW561 – 3 credit hours
This course provides an in-depth understanding of wireless technologies and their application within the organization. It addresses essentials of radio frequency, spectrum allocation and usage, and current regulation. Topics include first (1G) through fourth generation (4G) applications, including cellular, PCS and wireless local area network (WiFi); and the current and future state of voice, data and video communication. Students gain perspective on how wireless technologies fit into an overall wireless industry and market, as well as on current management challenges.
Wireless Devices and Applications
NETW562 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces an array of wireless devices, including laptops, PDAs, cellular telephones and "all-in-one" devices. Current applications of these devices, as well as potential future uses, are examined. Using such devices in both standalone and integrated network arenas is addressed, with specific focus on interoperability. Ways in which wireless devices are driving the evolution of business practices are also examined.
Wireless Networks
NETW563 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces tools needed to understand and implement wireless networks. Topics include installation and configuration of wireless hardware and software, radio frequency (RF) fundamentals, 802.11 network architecture, capacity planning, use of wireless broadcast and cellular systems, antennas and accessories, power management, wireless local area network security, wireless device network integration and troubleshooting.
Management of Wireless Systems
NETW564 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on managing and operating wireless networks. Topics include QoS, resource management, outsourcing, training, financial considerations, and performance measurement and optimization. Also covered are system documentation and reports pertaining to RF network performance, IP management, network configuration, and system growth and capacity status. Students gain knowledge of charging and revenue assurance in a wireless network.

Information Security

Concentration courses include four of the following (12 credit hours)

Principles of Information Security and Privacy

E-Business Security

Database Security

Information Security Law and Ethics

Risk Mitigation and Contingency Planning

Cryptography and Security Mechanisms

Practices for Administration of Physical and Operations Security

Security in Systems Architecture and Applications

Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security

IT Governance

Principles of Information Security and Privacy
SEC571 – 3 credit hours
This course provides a broad overview of security in information systems. Covered are various aspects of security in computing, including security threats and controls; basic cryptography and its applications; network intrusion detection and prevention; security administration and planning; anonymity and privacy; legal issues; protection; and ethics. Coursework also examines controls in information systems, and addresses security issues surrounding information systems and computer-generated data.
E-Business Security
SEC573 – 3 credit hours
This course covers issues involved in protecting an e-business from external threats while safeguarding customer privacy. Students examine external threats to a company's systems and learn how to react if systems and business goals conflict.
Database Security
SEC574 – 3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of security issues in database systems and shows how current and future commercial systems may be designed to ensure secrecy and confidentiality. Security models, basic security mechanisms and software, database security, intrusion detection and security models for next generation databases are covered.
Information Security Law and Ethics
SEC575 – 3 credit hours
Coursework addresses the effects of cyber business regulation on information security, conducting business on the Internet, privacy laws, taxation, protection of intellectual property, electronic privacy, wiretapping and cybersquatting. In addition, students examine ethical issues, forensics and evidence of cyber crime.
Risk Mitigation and Contingency Planning
SEC576 – 3 credit hours
This course identifies vulnerabilities and inherent risks of computer systems. It also introduces cost-effective risk analysis techniques for identifying and quantifying accidental and malicious threats to computer systems, and developing contingency and recovery plans. The qualitative risk analysis process, using techniques such as the practical application of risk analysis (PARA) and the facilitated risk analysis process (FRAP), is covered.
Cryptography and Security Mechanisms
SEC577 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces cryptography, focusing on information systems security issues, and mechanisms and devices to address these issues. Also examined are cryptosystems, algorithms and certificates. Students gain applications-oriented experience in developing and implementing several cryptography applications or algorithms. Access controls are presented as a collection of security mechanisms that work together to protect information system assets. Students complete lab assignments and a term project.
Practices for Administration of Physical and Operations Security
SEC578 – 3 credit hours
This course examines security management, management tools, and physical and operations security in an organization's environment. Security management addresses identifying information assets and developing, documenting and implementing policies, standards, procedures and guidelines for asset protection. Management tools such as data classification and risk assessment/analysis are used to identify system vulnerabilities and implement controls. Physical and operations security addresses control mechanisms and protection techniques for facility, resource and overall system operation.
Security in Systems Architecture and Applications
SEC579 – 3 credit hours
This course addresses concepts, principles, structures and standards used to design, monitor and secure operating systems, equipment, networks, databases, applications and controls that enforce various levels of availability, integrity and confidentiality. Coursework also focuses on security concepts that apply to application software development, addressing the software design and development environment and explaining software's critical role in providing information system security.
Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security
SEC591 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on preserving and recovering business operations in the event of outages, disasters or work force interruptions. Measures and technologies used for forensics, as well as computer crime and security investigation, are addressed.
IT Governance
SEC592 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces principles of information technology governance, focusing on IT control objectives (COBIT) and related internal controls. Coursework explores best practices for managing IT processes; meeting multiple needs of enterprise management by bridging gaps between business risks; technical issues; control needs; and performance measurement requirements. Students explore IT industry standards, and develop governance skills relating to creating and maintaining corporate information systems policy.

Network Applications

Concentration courses include the following (12 credit hours)

Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security

IT Governance

Wireless Devices and Applications

Wireless Networks

Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security
SEC591 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on preserving and recovering business operations in the event of outages, disasters or work force interruptions. Measures and technologies used for forensics, as well as computer crime and security investigation, are addressed.
IT Governance
SEC592 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces principles of information technology governance, focusing on IT control objectives (COBIT) and related internal controls. Coursework explores best practices for managing IT processes; meeting multiple needs of enterprise management by bridging gaps between business risks; technical issues; control needs; and performance measurement requirements. Students explore IT industry standards, and develop governance skills relating to creating and maintaining corporate information systems policy.
Wireless Devices and Applications
NETW562 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces an array of wireless devices, including laptops, PDAs, cellular telephones and "all-in-one" devices. Current applications of these devices, as well as potential future uses, are examined. Using such devices in both standalone and integrated network arenas is addressed, with specific focus on interoperability. Ways in which wireless devices are driving the evolution of business practices are also examined.
Wireless Networks
NETW563 – 3 credit hours
This course introduces tools needed to understand and implement wireless networks. Topics include installation and configuration of wireless hardware and software, radio frequency (RF) fundamentals, 802.11 network architecture, capacity planning, use of wireless broadcast and cellular systems, antennas and accessories, power management, wireless local area network security, wireless device network integration and troubleshooting.

Project Management

Concentration courses include four of the following (12 credit hours)

Managing Quality

Managing Software Development Projects

Advanced Program Management

Project Cost and Schedule Control

Project Risk Management

Contract and Procurement Management

Advanced Project Management Practices and Professional Exam Preparation

Managing Quality
GSCM588 – 3 credit hours
This course focuses on implementation, cost and management of the quality function in manufacturing as well as service industries. Coursework addresses quality concepts and tools, as well as knowledge required for their application in quality planning, improvement and control in both parent organizations and supplier relationships.
Managing Software Development Projects
PROJ584 – 3 credit hours
This course examines knowledge, strategies and techniques needed to manage software product development. The course helps students develop skills managers need to create - and successfully execute - plans for software development. Topics include software project development processes; software development standards; project planning, scheduling and control strategies; risk assessment and mitigation; team building and managing technical personnel.
Advanced Program Management
PROJ587 – 3 credit hours
This course examines how managers plan, budget, schedule and control multi-project programs within an organizational context. The importance of project teams and human resource management in the process is addressed. Topics include the role of projects in organizations; alternative organizational systems; program planning, budgeting, monitoring, control and management methodologies; team management and leadership; legal and ethical issues; conflict identification and resolution; and advanced applications of project management software.
Project Cost and Schedule Control
PROJ592 – 3 credit hours
This course stresses the need for project managers to understand and apply advanced tools and techniques to developing and managing project financial plans. Topics include cost and benefit estimation; project financial analysis; budgeting; resource allocation; sensitivity analysis; project metrics; and project cost and schedule control using earned value management systems.
Project Risk Management
PROJ595 – 3 credit hours
This course explores various ways to identify, analyze and mitigate the full range of project risks. Coursework also explores the six risk management processes outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk monitoring and control. Using a practitioner approach, students learn risk management techniques by applying them to problems in case studies.
Contract and Procurement Management
PROJ598 – 3 credit hours
This course examines processes through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment. Topics include contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid; bid evaluation; risk assessment; and contract negotiation and administration.
Advanced Project Management Practices and Professional Exam Preparation
PROJ605 – 3 credit hours
This course examines current topics in the project management field and provides a comprehensive review of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Topics include global project management, leadership, virtual teams and project information systems. In addition, the PMBOK knowledge areas and process groups are covered in preparation for the Project Management Professional certification exam, administered by the Project Management Institute.

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