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Networking Technicians use their analytical skills and specialized knowledge to build, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain the hardware and software that makes computer networks function. Thanks to their expertise in local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), intranets, wireless, and other communication systems, information keeps flowing within the workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

An Introduction to Your Life at Baker College

The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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There’s a lot you can learn about Baker College here on the Web, but talking with an admissions advisor will help you get a better understanding of everything we offer. Contact us to request more information, schedule a visit to the campus nearest you, or get started by applying online.

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Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology – Microsoft

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Networking Technicians use their analytical skills and specialized knowledge to build, install, analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain the hardware and software that makes computer networks function. Thanks to their expertise in local-area networks (LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), intranets, wireless, and other communication systems, information keeps flowing within the workplace.

Career Facts

$50,380

Median salary for Computer Support Specialists

12%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$75,790

Median salary for Network Administrators

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Information Technology program with the Computer Networking Technology (Microsoft) major is designed and taught by industry professionals, and combines Windows coursework with additional courses to give you a solid foundation in computer operating systems and networking technology.

Through classwork, hands-on training and an externship, you develop your communication and business skills, and learn the industry essentials—network fundamentals, PC and server maintenance, system troubleshooting, and networking security.

When you graduate, you will be fully prepared to sit for multiple certification exams—Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). Courses within this program also help prepare you for CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. You’ll have the knowledge and credentials you need to begin a successful career.

Course Information

Course Information

Information Technology Requirements39 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CIS 106B

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to computer operating systems and maintenance concepts. Students will study the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and will receive a brief introduction to Linux. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, INF 121 or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I 4

CIS 114

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the underlying principles of information and database structure in electronic database management systems. Students will be introduced to types of information, table structure, features of a relational database, basic concepts of database design and normalization, and basic overviews of the roles of database administrators and professionals. Students will also be introduced to introductory SQL commands using a command line and existing databases.

Database Fundamentals 2

ITS 211

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a strong foundation in network security concepts, along with analysis and design of these systems. It is a preparatory course in network security methodologies and helps prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.

In the following programs: Information Systems, Cyber Defense, CISCO Networking with Wireless and Voip

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
Introduction to Network Security 4

LUX 205

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to Linux/Unix, its history, characteristics, and system basics from a user’s perspective. The following concepts are introduced: basic file structures; navigational tools; file manipulation tools; file permissions and access; ‘vi’ editor basics; remote terminal emulation; mail; shell fundamentals; quoting and special characters; filename generation; input/output redirection; pipelines; multitasking and input arguments. Students will demonstrate the ability to use Linux/Unix commands at the command-line level.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency. INF 111 or INF 131 or INF 121 or INF 161 or NET 101.
Introduction to Linux/Unix 4

MNP 201

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A or MNP 181.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration I 4

NET 101

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of computing. Topics include occupations within the field, terminology, basic computer and networking concepts and database concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 091 or freshman status.
Networking Essentials I 4

NET 102

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basic issues related to data communications and networking technologies. Topics include the OSI model, network topologies, protocols, and the fundamentals of internetworking. TCP/IP addressing is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II 4

WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CSC 121B

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation. By the end of this course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Networks 4

NET 222

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the concepts of routers, the OSI reference model, IP addressing, subnetting, data link and network addresses, and concepts of data encapsulation. Includes hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
Introduction to Routers and Routing 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

MNP 171A

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
Windows 7 Configuration 4

MNP 181

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 8, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
Windows 8 Configuration 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

WRK 218

4 Quarter Hours

Provides twelve-weeks of intensive career research for Online campus students, who cannot obtain an internship, the opportunity to conduct intensive career research based on their major and career goals. Students will complete multiple career related research assignments, including two informational interviews. Eligible students must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours and 75 percent of major core requirements prior to requesting enrollment in this course. Enrollment is allowed by permission from the Online Career Services (OCS) staff. Contact the OCS staff at careerserv-ol@baker.edu for more details.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience Project 4

WRKTC 201

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
General Education Requirements24 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4

ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4

MTH 111

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4

SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4

WRI 115

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student’s individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication 4
Select 1 Course from the Following
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4

PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4
Microsoft Major32 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

CIS 107B

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a continuation of the study of computer operating systems and maintenance concepts with a focus on practical application and troubleshooting. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 106B
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance II 4

CIS 331

4 Quarter Hours

Expands on the concepts learned in the introductory course in database creation by introducing students to higher levels of database development and computer science concepts. Students learn SQL in order to study the manipulation of a relational database. This course also includes a survey of database platforms.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 114 or CS 101 or INF 114A or NET 101.
Database Management Using SQL 4

ELECT 107A

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4

ELECT 107B

4 Quarter Hours

See Computer Information Systems Elective List.

Information Technology Elective 4

MNP 202

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as implementing server images, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS) and group policy, remote access and network policies, data security, monitoring and update management. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 201
Microsoft Windows Server Administration II 4

MNP 203

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students for advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), identity management, rights management, federated services, network load balancing, failover clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 202
Microsoft Windows Server Administration III 4

MTH 112A

4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
College Algebra 4

NET 211

4 Quarter Hours

Explores the planning, designing, installing and configuring of wireless LANs. Offers in-depth coverage of wireless networks with extensive coverage of IEEE 802.11 b/a/g/pre-n implementation, design, managing, security, and troubleshooting. Material is reinforced with hands-on projects. This course prepares students for the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102
Wireless Networking 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 95
Program Description

Program Description

Information Technology professionals install, configure, secure, and support an organization’s
computing systems including:

  • PCs and other devices
  • Local Area Networks (LANs)
  • Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Internet systems

They monitor business and company networks. IT professionals also perform necessary repairs
and maintenance to support network availability for all system users.

The Baker College Information Technology Associate Degree program provides a solid foundation for students to pursue this growing occupation while allowing the flexibility to choose an area of concentration. Foundational courses align with industry certifications including:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+

The Information Technology Associate of Applied Science offers six major options to choose from:

COMPUTER NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY—MICROSOFT: 
As a graduate with this major, you will be prepared to sit for qualifying examinations that may lead to certification as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA). Courses within this major also help prepare you for CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ certifications.

Learn more about other Information Technology major options here:
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology – Cisco
Information Technology: Cyber Security
Information Technology: IT Support Specialist
Information Technology: Linux/Unix Systems Technology

Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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