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Computing and Network Management 


The University at Buffalo Division of Continuing and Professional Studies

offers the following program...


Computing and network management certificate






The Computing and Network Management Program offers practical business oriented computing, systems and network management education in response to latest trends and marketplace demand. Course offerings draw upon the University at Buffalo's state-of-the-art computer facilities, current software, and experienced professionals from the computer industry who teach courses in areas of their expertise.  Students will benefit from knowledge of microcomputer applications, system design, and network management gained through a compilation of courses described in selected tracks in this program.







This program focuses entirely on the use and design of microcomputer based systems for today's automated office. The following courses are required to earn a certificate of completion in the Microcomputer Business Applications track.


CNM 118 or MFC 118 Microcomputer Applications I 

CNM 218 or MFC 218 Microcomputer Applications II 

CNM 318 or MFC 318 Microcomputer Applications III 



Systems analysts work with end users and technicians to build and maintain effective systems that support the needs of modern organizations. The following courses are required to earn a certificate of completion in Systems Analysis and Design track.


CNM 210 or MFC 310 Project Analysis and Design 

    and at least four courses selected from the following:

CNM 301 or MFC 301 Introduction to Telecommunications

CNM 303 or MFC 303 Intermediate Data Communications and Networks

CNM 305 or MFC 305 Digital Internetworking

CNM 307 or MFC 307 Intermediate Local Area Networks 

CNM 312 or MFC 312 Database Management Systems 

CNM 318 or MFC 318 Microcomputer Applications III



This program prepares individuals to make more informed and network management decisions. It examines the history and future of communications, hardware and software used invoice data systems, network services, regulatory policy issues, social and organizational impacts, and new applications and services.


CNM 301 or MFC 301 Introduction to Telecommunications

CNM 303 or MFC 303 Intermediate Data Communications and Networks

CNM 305 or MFC 305 Digital Internetworking

CNM 307 or MFC 307 Intermediate Local Area Networks 

CNM 310 or MFC 310 Project Analysis and Design 


Course Descriptions:


CNM 118 / MFC 118 Microcomputer Applications I 
Introduces the fundamentals of computers, emphasizing their day-to-day use and applications in the business presentation and environment. Class time covers concepts but is basically hands-on exercises using Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, Access, Excel and Power Point). Computer-based projects in a Windows environment form a significant portion of the course.


CNM 218 / MFC 218 Microcomputer Applications II 
Introduces relational database management concepts and their applications in business settings. Also includes discussion of settings and spreadsheet macro concepts. Expects students to complete a series of projects using Excel in a Windows environment.


CNM 301 / MFC 301 Introduction to Telecommunications 
Surveys the discipline of telecommunications in today's deregulated environment for current or prospective managers of telephone and data communications systems. Topics include fundamental voice and data concepts, network design, customer premise equipment and central office equipment, modes of transmission, marketing and regulations issues, management of systems, and future directions. No prior technical background required.


CNM 303 / MFC 303 Intermediate Data Communications and Networks 
Analysis the methodologies and components used in communicating voice and data information by means of digital signals. Topics include fundamental concepts; characters and codes; communication lines, fiber optics, and satellite communications; terminals, modems, and interfaces; protocols; local area and packet networks; and network design, devices, and management.


CNM 305 / MFC 305 Digital Internetworking
Analyzes the emerging technologies used in today's networks, emphasizing theory, design, and practical applications. Topics include Digital Technology, TI, Frame Relay, ISDN, and ATM, and applying them to multi-protocol networks. In-depth study of the equipment that comprises a network, including high-speed multiplexers, routers, FRADS, and switches.


CNM 307 / MFC 307 Intermediate Local Area Networks 
Focuses on the products, problems, and trends involved in designing, implementing, and maintaining PC-based local area networks (LANs) for distributed application processing. Students learn concepts and techniques that enable them to become qualified participants in LAN projects.


CNM 310 / MFC 310 Project Analysis and Design
Introduces business systems analysis. Topics include project initiation, preliminary and detailed investigation and analysis, design of systems I/0, file design, systems processing, and controls. The laboratory segment focuses on the use of these tools and techniques to develop the system life cycle and prepare feasibility reports, walk-through exercises, system approval, and follow-up, and the use of CASE tools to supplement the required test material.


CNM 312 / MFC 312 Database Management Systems
this course will introduce fundamental database concepts used to develop and implement database systems, and the relational model and use a structured query language SQL).  Principles of good database design will be used to illustrate the construction of databases, as well as evaluating implementation methods and approaches.  Projects will be completed using SQL on Oracle on the University time-sharing system.


CNM 318 / MFC 318 Microcomputer Applications III 
Provides advanced-level studies in the design and implementation of computer applications based on relational database management systems. Focuses on systems theory design and programming in a Windows-based DBMS language. Topics include design methodologies, application generation, and interface with other Windows-based programs using Access. Students prepare, design, and implement several projects that cover all major issues.


Academic Credit or Noncredit


MFC courses are offered for university academic credit and may be applied as electives to meet degree requirements. Certificates of completion will be awarded to students who complete all required courses with a combined grade average of "C" or better. Computer and Network Management Program courses are also available as noncredit courses to those individuals not interested in earning academic credit but wish to earn a certificate of completion from the University at Buffalo. Noncredit courses are designated with the course prefix of CNM.


Students registering for credit or noncredit courses declare their intent to earn academic credit or fore-go academic credit through the registration process. Students may not change their enrollment status after class begins.


Registration procedures and schedule of classes


Credit: (MFC courses only) Students must follow these steps: 1) Fill-in Information and submit Nonmatriculated Student Data Form on-line (click here); 2) Complete and submit Exception Registration Form (click here). You will be notified within 24 hours by email to confirm your registration. Please be sure to check your email for confirmation of your registration. You are not required to pay tuition and fees at this time. You will be billed later in the term.


Noncredit: (CNM courses) Registration and payment... go to the following link and select your choices of courses in InformationTechnology & Computers. Please haveyour credit card available to complete the registration process on-line. We accept the following credit cards: Credit Cards



Tuition, fees and refund policies


Credit: All students registering for academic credit will pay the current UB tuition rate of $ 207 per credit hour + fees. Fees will vary depending on your enrollment status with UB. New students enrolled in ONLY MFC courses will pay the MFC student fees (part-time or full-time) as listed on the following page: (click here). All students are bound by UB policies and regulations as described at the following website (click here). Students registering for MFC credit courses will be billed rather than having to pay at the time of registration. The University at Buffalo reserves the right to change tuition and fees without prior notice.


Noncredit: Course fees are listed with each course found in noncredit course schedule. Students registered for noncredit courses may receive a full refund if our office is notified in writing prior to the first day of class. Noncredit course fees will not be refunded starting with the first day of class.


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