CISC142 Establishing and Maintaining a Small Office/Home Office Network (SOHO)

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I. Course Number and Title
CISC142 Establishing and Maintaining a Small Office/Home Office Network (SOHO) Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Prospective students need to be able to successfully initiate a computer session use applications packages, and manipulate a Windows-like Graphical User Interface
V. Other Pertinent Information
Class will be lecture and demonstration with limited hands-on exercises.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This lecture/lab course is designed to provide a person with the necessary skills to establish computer networks for small organizations or home offices. Topics include: introduction to network protocols, physical and logical network topologies, transmission media, connectivity devices, fundamentals of managing operating systems, internet connectivity, managing peripherals, troubleshooting, and security.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    The student will be able to:
    1. identify and compare the different types of networks that can be used in a SOHO structure.
    2. explain the different protocols that can be used in a SOHO network.
    3. select the appropriate network physical and logical topologies to use for a functioning network.
    4. differentiate between the various transmission media that can be effectively used in a SOHO network.
    5. identify the connectivity devices that are used in a SOHO setting.
    6. describe and evaluate the different operating systems available for use in a SOHO.
    7. perform an installation of an operating system.
    8. describe how to select an ISP and manage an internet connection.
    9. list the peripherals that can be used in a SOHO network.
    10. describe the steps necessary to configure and maintain functional peripherals and software.
    11. explain the procedures for remote computing.
    12. demonstrate effective troubleshooting techniques to resolve basic hardware and software problems.
    13. list security threats and ways to prevent them.
    14. describe ethical issues in networking planning, design and use.
    15. identify elements in the successfully planning and implementation of a SOHO network.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Networks Concepts
      1. Types of Networks Peer to Peer and Client/Server
      2. Explanation of TCP/IP and other protocols
      3. What physical topologies are appropriate for SOHO
      4. Function and role of logical topology in SOHO
    2. Network Transmission Media advantages and disadvantages of each medium type
      1. Twisted pair wiring
      2. Wireless
      3. Homeplug
      4. Telephone Wiring
    3. Network Operating Systems
      1. Choosing an appropriate operating system
      2. Installation of the operating system
      3. Maintenances of an operating system
    4. Selecting, installing, and managing connectivity devices
      1. Modems phone, cable, DSL
      2. Switches
      3. Routers
      4. Firewalls
    5. Managing and integrating peripheral devices
      1. Printers
      2. Scanners
      3. Wireless devices
      4. UPS
    6. Establishing remote computing
    7. Selection of ISP
      1. Types of ISP
      2. Connection options provided by different ISP's
      3. Establishing and maintaining an internet connection
      4. Security concerns
    8. Ethical Issues
      1. Privacy
      2. Intellectual Property
    9. Protection of the Network from attacks from
      1. Viruses, Trojan Horses, Spyware
      2. Unauthorized access
      3. Unauthorized use
    10. Planning the Network
      1. Lab work in selecting and configuring the elements of a SOHO network
      2. Demonstration of a student designed and implemented network
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    The learning materials to be used by students will be selected in accordance with the learning objectives. See course formats for details.

Review/Approval Date -3/04