Technical Standards for Information Technology (IT) – Cyber Security

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills
  • Move freely, quickly, and safely in a close environment such as a computer area.
  • Work in coordination with other team members.
  • Safely manipulate Personal Computer (PC) equipment, networking equipment or controls.
  • Ability to lift, carry and balance up to 40 pounds for a local area network.
  • Ability to manipulate server racks and install equipment
  • Move from workstation to workstation near other members or students.
  • Connect cabling to PCs and networking equipment.
  • Ability to lift, carry and balance a computer, monitor, router, and switch
  • Install servers, routers, and switches in a server rack enclosure.
  • Must be able to access documents for lab and hands-on exercises.
  • Review printed documents for lab instructions.
  • Use text editors with small/medium print.
  • Ability to differentiate between ports on PCs and networking equipment.
  • Read and apply networking commands to a router, switch or PC.
  • Design and implement a Local Area Network base on provided lab documentation.
  • Conduct a digital investigation using the virtual machine interfaces in Windows and Linux.
  • Assess system vulnerabilities using Linux command-line tools.
Technological Ability to assess, analyze, and remediate vulnerabilities or issues using troubleshooting and investigative technologies provided.
  • Troubleshoot network connectivity issues using command-line utilities.
Communication Communicate effectively and professionally when interacting with peers, faculty, staff, and guests using the English language verbally and in written form.
  • Follow directions, describe decisions, demonstrate listening skills, write reports, and follow directions.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Analytical and critical thinking ability sufficient for safe and effective practical judgments.
  • Ability to transfer theory into practical application. Identify cause/effect relationships in computer problem-solving situations in a specified amount of time.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Work cooperatively with other students and instructors.
  • Follow directions of instructors and fellow students.
  • Display characteristics of emotional stability.
  • Ability to work in a group or in team environments.
  • Maintain a cooperative spirit while working in a constant problem-solving environment.
  • Complete duties as assigned.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Add productive input, assistance and collaboration for specific duties required for a project or within your group.
Environmental Tolerance Remain calm in a stressful environment.
  • Maintain calmness within small or tight storage areas where work could be performed.

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.