Intro To LAN Technologies – it240 (3 credits)

This foundational course covers local area network topics including rationale for networking, the open systems interconnection (OSI) model, common network topologies and architecture, client/server concepts, basic hardware devices and usage, and basic networking security concepts.

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

Network Maintenance: Prevention and Recovery

  • Discuss the relevance of system backup for data protection.
  • Explain the RAID system of data protection.
  • Create a disaster plan for the purpose of network preservation.
  • Categorize and describe the components of various types of computer viruses.

Network Performance

  • Develop a plan for a local area network.

Local Area Networks

  • Explain the purpose of a LAN and the benefits it can provide to its users.
  • Differentiate between types of networks.
  • Define basic LAN terminology.
  • Explain how LAN operating systems work.

The OSI Model and Topologies

  • Define key terms related to the OSI Model.
  • Describe the functions of hardware connectivity devices and tools.
  • Illustrate different LAN topologies.

Technology Types

  • Differentiate between types of Internet connectivity.
  • Compare and contrast fat client and thin client concepts.
  • Plan an Ethernet LAN.

Introduction to TCP/IP

  • Describe how to troubleshoot the TCP/IP network.
  • Explain TCP/IP and the concept of addressing and allocation.
  • Distinguish between various networking protocols.
  • Plan a TCP/IP LAN.

Protocols and Services

  • Discuss the concept of domain/addressing and dynamic DNS and DNS.
  • Outline simple network management protocol and how it is used.
  • Differentiate between web pages, web servers, and web access.

Networking with Microsoft® Windows®

  • Define the various network services in Microsoft® Windows®.
  • Describe how to establish user rights and permissions.
  • Explain how to assign work groups.

Network Security

  • Provide examples of threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits to networks and how they relate to each other.
  • Explain the importance of maintaining security on a LAN.

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