CISC142 Establishing and Maintaining a Small Office/Home Office Network (SOHO)
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics: Computer/Information Science
Course Number and TitleCISC142 Establishing and Maintaining a Small Office/Home Office Network (SOHO)
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
PrerequisitesProspective students need to be able to successfully initiate a computer session use applications packages, and manipulate a Windows-like Graphical User Interface
Other Pertinent InformationClass will be lecture and demonstration with limited hands-on exercises.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
Learning Goals:The student will be able to:
- identify and compare the different types of networks that can be used in a SOHO structure.
- explain the different protocols that can be used in a SOHO network.
- select the appropriate network physical and logical topologies to use for a functioning network.
- differentiate between the various transmission media that can be effectively used in a SOHO network.
- identify the connectivity devices that are used in a SOHO setting.
- describe and evaluate the different operating systems available for use in a SOHO.
- perform an installation of an operating system.
- describe how to select an ISP and manage an internet connection.
- list the peripherals that can be used in a SOHO network.
- describe the steps necessary to configure and maintain functional peripherals and software.
- explain the procedures for remote computing.
- demonstrate effective troubleshooting techniques to resolve basic hardware and software problems.
- list security threats and ways to prevent them.
- describe ethical issues in networking planning, design and use.
- identify elements in the successfully planning and implementation of a SOHO network.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Networks Concepts
- Types of Networks – Peer to Peer and Client/Server
- Explanation of TCP/IP and other protocols
- What physical topologies are appropriate for SOHO
- Function and role of logical topology in SOHO
- Network Transmission Media – advantages and disadvantages of each medium type
- Twisted pair wiring
- Telephone Wiring
- Network Operating Systems
- Choosing an appropriate operating system
- Installation of the operating system
- Maintenances of an operating system
- Selecting, installing, and managing connectivity devices
- Modems – phone, cable, DSL
- Managing and integrating peripheral devices
- Wireless devices
- Establishing remote computing
- Selection of ISP
- Types of ISP
- Connection options provided by different ISP’s
- Establishing and maintaining an internet connection
- Security concerns
- Ethical Issues
- Intellectual Property
- Protection of the Network from attacks from
- Viruses, Trojan Horses, Spyware
- Unauthorized access
- Unauthorized use
- Planning the Network
- Lab work in selecting and configuring the elements of a SOHO network
- Demonstration of a student designed and implemented network
- Networks Concepts
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:The learning materials to be used by students will be selected in accordance with the learning objectives. See course formats for details.
Teaching Methods EmployedUse of lecture, hands-on demonstrations, and lab projects will be used at the teacher’s discretion.
Review/Approval Date -3/04