Network and System Administration

Newtork and system administration is a technical IT course in Microsoft and Unix based technology, network infrastructure and managing servers.

Sought after expertise

Technology has many benefits. Norway is considered one of the most digitized countries in the world. Digitization has streamlined the daily lives of individuals and businesses, and is an important source of economic growth and productivity. The vast majority of functions important to society are now controlled digitally, which also creates vulnerabilities and challenges.

Businesses rely on computer equipment, software and network functions. An error in networks or systems may lead to businesses shutting down. This can cause economic loss, or in the worst case, consequences for health and life.

The operation, configuration and management of computer networks and servers has gone from being specifically for IT companies, to affecting everyone. The need for expertise in network and system administration has never been greater.

Even Haug
The content of the lectures are very good and updated according to current technology. Even Haug

Practice as a system administrator

Many different technologies coexist in a larger network. The objective of the course is that you should be able to understand and work to control the flow of information and access to information. This includes using best practice as a system administrator in the configuration of network and servers.

The course covers computer structure and function and how different components can be used to optimize performance. Students gain the required knowledge to understand, build, manage and troubleshoot networks. You learn about general IT security, as well as procedures and methods to be able to tailor technical network solutions to businesses.

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Program structure

The program challenges you with real, practical and relevant tasks which give an excellent insight into the challenges and issues you can expect to work with. Heavy emphasis is placed on the mastery of practical skills. Theory is followed by relevant practical work. The teaching combines lectures, online teaching and demonstrations.

The two semesters provide training in computer construction, operation and performance optimization. Students learn methods and techniques to be able to tailor technical network solutions. Both semesters are divided into modules where you concentrate on one topic at a time. The academic year ends with a study project, where you will be able to use the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the year.

  • Problem Based Learning and Project Work
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Operating and File Systems
  • Microsoft based technologies
  • Unix based technologies
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Study Project 1

The student...

  • Has knowledge about common terminology and theoretical models used in the administration of ICT systems.
  • Has knowledge about the different elements and roles in a project, in addition to an understanding of important concepts within information security.
  • Has knowledge about the interaction between different units, operating systems, file systems, processes and access controls.
  • Have insights in relevant rules and regulations, security models and guidelines in computer networks and systems administration.
  • Has knowledge about the ICT security industry and an understanding of the need for secure and reliable computer networks and systems.
  • Has knowledge about vocational updates through practical exercises and sources such as books, articles, journals, Internet and other sources of information.
  • Have insights into the history and diversity of the ICT industry, and its place in today’s labour market.
  • Can use theoretical knowledge to configure different operating systems.
  • Can use theoretical knowledge to implement and manage different components in a computer network.
  • Masters different Windows based and Linux based tools to create and manage common services in an ICT environment such as file and print services, web services, FTP services and storage services.
  • Can find technical information through books and Internet based services such as blogs, forums and wikis.
  • Can identify potential security risks and suggest possible solutions.
  • Can troubleshoot computer networks and devices and map the need for actions.
  • Has an understanding of ethical principles necessary in the ICT industry.
  • Have developed the ethical attitude necessary in the ICT industry due to the access to sensitive information that comes with responsibilities within the industry.
  • Can install and configure different Windows and Linux based solutions in accordance with specifications from customers.
  • Can evaluate what solutions that best meet the needs of different audiences.
  • Can build relationships with peers across different categories within the ICT field, such as security, network, software and hardware vendors.
  • Can develop work methods and outline different services and solutions in accordance with relevant specifications.

Career opportunities

KThere is demand for the expertise gained on this program. After graduation, you can, among other things, work as a network administrator, system administrator or IT administrator.

Chris Eddy Stensnes
I got a new job before I had even finished the course. I work in an international company with over 1,000 employees who develop computer software.Chris Eddy Stensnes

Responsibilities will vary between large and small businesses. In smaller businesses , you can take on more responsibilities and carry out more extensive tasks. This can be anything from the installation, operation and optimization of servers and clients, to further development of the company's IT systems. In addition, you can provide support and advice to internal staff as well as external customers.

Further studies

Students who have completed the network and system administration course can apply to go directly into the second year of Network and IT security.

After those two years, it is possible to apply for accreditation of gained skills and take a two year top up program to gain the Bachelor of Digital Forensics from Noroff University College. The program is available as a classroom based and online degree.

Alternatively, you can apply for the third year of a Bachelor's degree program at our collaborative university, University of South Wales. You can choose between ten different specialization areas, including a degree in computer forensics, computer or software development.


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Program information

Next startup:

March 6, 2018 online,
August 2018 on-campus,
Read more about semester start.

Campuses: Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Online Studies
Duration: 1 year full time
2 years part time (online only)
Price online: NOK 34.000,- per semester full time
NOK 17.000,- per semester part time
Price on-campus: NOK 56.250,- per semester.
NOK 1.500,- registration fee.
Admission requirements: Admission by formal competence or admission by prior learning. Read more.
Approvals: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. Approved by NOKUT.
Credits: 60 ECVET

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