3 credit/unit hours – Three hours of lecture weekly; one term

This course explores converging computer and communications technologies, such as transmission concepts, network hardware and software, protocols, and standards. It is also designed to serve the needs of those interested in understanding the field of data communications and how it relates to other areas of Information Technology (IT).

The material covered in this class provides the broad-based knowledge necessary to prepare students for further study in specialized networking fields, or may be used by those interested in an introduction to the field. It also helps prepare individuals seeking to pass the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), or the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Network+ (N10-007) certification exams.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet;
  • Describe the role of protocol layers in data networks;
  • Design, calculate and implement various IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and naming schemes;
  • Describe fundamental Ethernet concepts (e.g., media, services, and operations);
  • Build Local Area Networks (LANs);
  • Utilize common network utilities to verify and troubleshoot small networks;
  • Analyze network and data traffic; and
  • Utilize network diagrams

Main Topics

For those teaching CompTIA’s Network+ course:

1.0 Networking Today:

  • Network Types
  • Network Standards and the OSI Model
  • Data Transmission Methods

2.0 Bounded Network Media:

  • Copper
  • Fiber Optic
  • Network Media Installation

3.0 Unbounded Network Media:

  • Wireless Networking
  • Wireless Network Devices and Components
  • Implementing Wireless Technologies
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

4.0 Network Implementations:

  • Physical Topologies
  • Logical Topologies
  • Ethernet Networks
  • Network Devices

5.0 Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)/ Internet Protocol (IP) Addressing and Data Delivery:

  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • IPv4 Addressing
  • Default IP Addressing Schemes
  • Custom IP Addressing Schemes
  • IPv6 Addressing

6.0 Routing and Switching:

  • Switching
  • Network Packet Routing
  • Static and Dynamic IP Routing
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs)

7.0 TCP/IP Implementation:

  • Configure IP Addresses
  • Naming Services
  • TCP/IP Utilities
  • Common TCP/IP Protocols

8.0 Network Security Analysis:

  • Introduction to Network Security
  • Network Security Policies
  • Physical Security
  • Common Network Attacks

9.0 Network Security Implementation:

  • Authentication
  • Access Control
  • Port, Service, and Protocol Security
  • Wireless Network Security
  • Patches and Updates
  • Mitigation Techniques

10.0 Wide Area Network (WAN) Infrastructure:

  • WAN Basics
  • WAN Connectivity Methods
  • Voice Over IP (VoIP)

11.0 Cloud and Virtualization Techniques:

  • Virtualization Technologies
  • Network Storage Technologies
  • Cloud Computing

12.0 Remote Networking:

  • Remote Network Architectures
  • Remote Access Network Implementations
  • Virtual Private Networking

13.0 Network Management:

  • Monitor Networks
  • Document the Network
  • Establish Baselines
  • Optimize Network Performance
  • Ensure Business Continuity

14.0 Troubleshooting Network Issues:

  • Network Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Network Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshoot Wired Connectivity and Performance Issues
  • Troubleshoot Wireless Connectivity and Performance Issues
  • Troubleshoot Network Service Issue

For those teaching Cisco’s Introduction to Networks (ITN) v7 course:

1.0 Networking Today:

  • Networks Affect Our Lives
  • Network Components
  • Network Representations and Topologies
  • Common Types of Networks
  • Internet Connections
  • Reliable Networks
  • Network Trends
  • Network Security
  • The IT Professional

2.0 Basic Switch and End Device Configuration:

  • Cisco IOS Access
  • IOS Navigation
  • The Command Structure
  • Basic Device Configuration
  • Save Configurations
  • Ports and Addresses
  • Configure IP Addressing
  • Verify Connectivity

3.0 Protocols and Models:

  • The Rules
  • Protocols
  • Protocol Suites
  • Standards Organizations
  • Reference Models
  • Data Encapsulation
  • Data Access

4.0 Physical Layer:

  • Purpose of the Physical Layer
  • Physical Layer Characteristics
  • Copper Cabling
  • Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) Cabling
  • Fiber-Optic Cabling
  • Wireless Media

5.0 Number Systems:

  • Binary Number System
  • Hexadecimal Number System

6.0 Data Link Layer:

  • Purpose of the Data Link Layer
  • Topologies
  • Data Link Frame

7.0 Ethernet Switching:

  • Ethernet Frame
  • Ethernet Media Access Control (MAC) Address
  • The MAC Address Table
  • Switch Speeds and Forwarding Methods

8.0 Network Layer:

  • Network Layer Characteristics
  • Internet Protocol (IP)v4 Packet
  • IPv6 Packet
  • How a Host Routes
  • Router Routing Tables

9.0 Address Resolution:

  • MAC and IP
  • Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
  • Neighbor Discovery

10.0 Basic Router Configuration:

  • Configure Initial Router Settings
  • Configure Interfaces
  • Configure the Default Gateway

11.0 IPv4 Addressing:

  • IPv4 Address Structure
  • IPv4 Unicast, Broadcast, and Multicast
  • Types of IPv4 Addresses
  • Network Segmentation
  • Subnet an IPv4 Network
  • Subnet a /16 and /8 Prefix
  • Subnet to Meet Requirements
  • Variable Length Subnet Masking
  • Structured Design

12.0 IPv6 Addressing:

  • IPv4 Issues
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • IPv6 Address Types
  • Global Unicast Address (GUA) and Link Local Address (LLA) Static Configuration
  • Dynamic Addressing for IPv6 GUAs
  • Dynamic Addressing for IPv6 LLAs
  • IPv6 Multicast Addresses
  • Subnet an IPv6 Network

13.0 Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP):

  • ICMP Messages
  • Ping and Traceroute Testing

14.0 Transport Layer:

  • Transportation of Data
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) Overview
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP) Overview
  • Port Numbers
  • TCP Communication Process
  • Reliability and Flow Control
  • UDP Communication

15.0 Application Layer:

  • Application, Presentation, and Session
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • Web and Email Protocols
  • IP Addressing Services
  • File Sharing Services

16.0 Network Security Fundamentals:

  • Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Network Attacks
  • Network Attack Mitigation
  • Device Security

17.0 Build a Small Network:

  • Devices in a Small Network
  • Small Network Applications and Protocols
  • Scale to Larger Networks
  • Verify Connectivity
  • Host and Internetwork Operating System (IOS) Commands
  • Troubleshooting Methodologies
  • Troubleshooting Scenarios