CISC143 Essentials of Networking

Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science

I. Course Number and Title
CISC143 Essentials of Networking
II. Number of Credits
4 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
3000 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
CISC128 or permission of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
V. Other Pertinent Information
A departmental final exam will be administered.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is designed to provide basic background for other networking courses and industry certification. Topics include: data transfer, WAN and LANs, Network Operating Systems, the OSI model and protocols, including TCP/IP and other suites commonly used in the industry. Laboratory exercises use a variety of network hardware and software.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to

      1. set up basic users and groups using current network operating systems;
      2. install and configure basic network connectivity devices;
      3. explain the seven layers of the OSI model and their functions;
      4. describe and configure the various protocols related to networks;
      5. recognize and setup various logical and physical network topologies and describe the characteristics and appropriate applications of each;
      6. identify the main characteristics of network attached storage, fault tolerance, disaster recovery.

    3. Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Standards and the OSI Model
      1. Seven layers
      2. 802.X standards
        1. Ethernet
        2. Token ring
        3. wireless
      3. Standards organizations

    2. Protocols
      1. TCP/IP
      2. IPX/SPX
      3. NetBeui
      4. Appletalk

    3. Transmission and Media
      1. Copper
      2. Fiber
      3. Wireless
      4. Structured cabling

    4. Topologies
      1. Logical
      2. Physical

    5. Connectivity Devices
      1. NICs
      2. Repeaters/hubs
      3. Bridges/switches
      4. Routers
      5. Modems

    6. WANs and Remote Connectivity
      1. Packet vs. circuit switching
      2. ISDN
      3. FDDI
      4. Frame relay
      5. ATM
      6. SONET
      7. T carriers

    7. Network Operating Systems
      1. Microsoft Windows
      2. Novell Netware
      3. Unix and Linux
      4. Macintosh

    8. Network Security
      1. VLANs
      2. Firewalls
      3. Protocols
      4. RAS
      5. Wireless encryption
      6. biometrics

    9. Network Design, Implementation and Maintenance
      1. Fault tolerance
      2. Monitoring performance
      3. Disaster recovery
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. The assessment of Course Learning Goals is based on written tests, labs, and other assignments, as well as performance-based tasks as appropriate, and a departmental final exam.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals (if applicable)

    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Departmentally selected textbook. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
At least two hours per week will be devoted to presentation of text material and special projects. The remaining time will be used for extensive laboratory exercises and hands-on assignments.

Review/Approval Date - 11/05; Revised 6/09; Revised 5/2011;Dept name change, 8/21/2012