Computer Networking – it230 (3 credits)

The fundamentals of networking and telecommunications are introduced in this course. Topics include the rationale of networking and its benefits and utilization within a business environment. Data and voice communications are covered broadly, as are connectivity protocols, including Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model, networking standards, and rationale are also presented. Primary network topologies of local area networks (LANs) and their connectivity to larger enterprise wide area networks (WANs) are studied within a business context.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Overview of Networks and Terminology

  • Apply common networking terms.
  • Identify the layers and functions of the OSI model.
  • Determine reasons to create an onsite network for a company.

Network Topologies

  • Write cabling specifications for a given project.
  • Name the various types of network topologies and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Wide Area Network Equipment

  • Identify telecommunications network components.
  • Calculate bandwidth needs for wide area networks.

Wide Area Network Design

  • Describe how information travels through the network.
  • Design a wide area network using existing hardware components.

Business Uses for Networks

  • Summarize common network protocols.
  • Determine common applications that business users require in a networked office.

Network Remote Access

  • Summarize remote access techniques.
  • Justify a remote access solution.

Securing the Network

  • Analyze basic network security principles.
  • Assess potential solutions for disaster recovery.

Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Describe different backup and disaster recovery solutions.
  • Prepare a backup and disaster recovery plan.

Network Design Techniques

  • Outline the pros and cons of various network design techniques.
  • Prepare a comprehensive network design plan.

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