CIS 134 : Networking Technologies

This course introduces students to data communications and networking concepts as they relate to both local and wide area networks. The framework for the lectures is the OSI reference model. It presents data translation, transmission media, and data transmission as well as network structures, topologies, physical layouts, and communication protocols. The course discusses the popular protocol stacks, firewalls, name resolution, and proxy servers. It discusses in detail the Internet and IP addressing. It also covers the material in the current CompTIA Network+ Exam. Competency met: Technical Literacy (8.0) Fall, Spring

  1. Define and compare local area (LAN) and wide area (WAN) networks and the commonly used protocols and hardware for each.
  2. Define and compare the different types of switching methodologies used in data transmission.
  3. Identify the basic networking elements and describe the roles of clients, servers, peers, transmission media and protocols.
  4. Describe the physical characteristics of coaxial cable, STP, UTP, and fiber-optic media.
  5. Define the seven layers of the OSI reference model, how the layers interact, the purpose of each layer and the relationship between the OSI reference model and computer network protocols.
  6. Explain basic data transmission concepts, including full duplexing, attenuation, latency, and noise.
  7. Describe the physical characteristics of coaxial cable, STP, UTP, and fiber-optic media.
  8. Design a unique TCP/IP networks, including subnetting, CIDR, and address translation.