Course Title: Information Systems Manager (ISM) Course (53A)  
Course Number: 7E-53A
Company: Charlie Company
College: Leader College for Network Operations (LCNO)
Division: Information Dissemination Management Division (IDMD)
Status Change Date: January 2014
Training site: USASCoE&FG, Fort Gordon, GA
Length: 29 weeks, 148 days (1088 Hours)
Managed: Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS)
Prerequisites: US Army Active or Reserve Component officer personnel (CPT-LTC), International Military officer personnel (CPT-LTC) and DA civilians GS-09 or above assigned to, or on orders to, positions requiring expertise in the life cycle management, computer systems and networks, or to positions where duties involve analysis, design, development or configuration management of computers and networked information systems. Selected personnel must be graduates of a Captain's Career Course. All attendees must possess a Bachelors Degree.


    The 7E-53A curriculum provides training for selected US Army Active or Reserve Component officer personnel (CPT-LTC), International Military officer personnel (CPT-LTC) and DA civilians GS-09 or above assigned to or on orders to positions that require knowledge of signal systems, architectures, and common information technology principles. It prepares Company and Field Grade Officers and selected civilians for technically demanding Army assignments that require expertise in the design, engineering, configuration and troubleshooting of complex information technology systems from enterprise to local area level network environments. Upon completion of Phase 2, officers will be awarded the FA53A identifier. 



    This is a two (2) phase course that prepares the students with a foundation of signal systems, architectures and common information technology principles during the first phase, including training in network management, information dissemination management and directed training to include SAPR, OPSEC, IED-Defeat Personnel Recovery, ES2, and Cultural Awareness. During the second phase students are given advanced classroom instruction and hands-on-experience that enable them to design, configure, and troubleshoot tactical and commercial information technology systems. The Terminal Learning Objectives (TLO's) are at the graduate education level. Students will gain a working knowledge of tactical and commercial information systems technologies including networks configuration and management, operating systems, enterprise architectures, security management, systems analysis, database design, principle of algorithms and programming languages. The students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in all objectives during the end of course Capstone Event. The students will plan, implement, troubleshoot, configure and manage a large network. Given specific scenarios, the students will be required to demonstrate the concepts learned throughout the entire course by applying the knowledge and skill to analyze requirements, design a network system, implement a model network, test the model network, and demonstrate the model network.


    • Module A – Admin/Research & Oral Presentation Instructions (2 Days)
    • Module B – Overview of Evolution of Tactical Communications Systems (1 Day)
    • Module C - Cisco Academy Semester I, Network Fundamentals (8 Days)
    • Module D - Cisco Academy Semester II, LAN Switching and Wireless (7 Days)
    • Module E - Cisco Academy Semester III, Routing Protocols and Concepts (8 Days)
    • Module F - Cisco Academy Semester IV, Accessing the WAN (11 Days)
    • Module G - LAN/WAN Integration (3 Days)
    • Module H – Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (1 Days)
    • Module I - CCNA Security (Cisco System Security Professional) (5 Days)
    • Module M - Administering Windows Server 2008 Environment (5 Days)
    • Module N - Implementing and Administering Network Infrastructures (5 Days)
    • Module O - Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring (5 Days)
    • Module Q - Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure (5 Days)
    • Module P - Exchange Server 2010 Administration (3 Days)
    • Module R - NetApp Data-on Tap Fundamentals (5 Days)
    • Module S – VIRTUALIZATION (VMware) (4 Days)
    • Module V - SharePoint 2010 (5 Days)
    • Module W - SharePoint Designer Course (5 Days)
    • Module X - Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (5 Days)
    • Module Y - Knowledge Management (3 Days)
    • Module Z – Project Management (5 Days)
    • Module AB - Computer Information Systems Security Professional (18 Days)
    • Module AE - Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) (5 Days)
    • Module AD - Information System Manager Capstone Project (7 Days)

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