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Introduction to Networking

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the world of networking personal computers. It focuses on configuring, managing, and troubleshooting elements of the basic network infrastructure.

Once you have successfullly completed this course, you will have mastered the fundamentals of networking. This course also covers maintenance, management, and security of a network. You will be using the LabSim A+ to learn terminology, proceedures and for simulated labs that combines hardware and software tasks to give you the most realistic training experience.

In the LabSim you will experience an integrated learning system which will include:


Video and Simulation Training


Hands-on Practice Labs


Detailed Demonstrations


Written Lessons


Practice Exam

This blended-learning approach gives you the highest-quality IT training available and prepares you for the Network+ (Exam code N10-004) Certification Exam.

Course Objectives:

When you complete this course, you should be able to :

Identify basic networking concepts, including how a network works. Content should include network access, protocol, network interface cards, full duplex, cabling twisted pair, coaxial, fiber optic.

Identify procedures for swapping and configuring network interface cards.

Identify the ramifications of repairs on the network. Content should include reduced bandwidth, loss of data, network slowdown.

Identify the networking capabilities of DOS and Windows including procedures for connecting to the network. Identify concepts and capabilities relating to the Internet and basic procedures for setting up a system for Internet access. Content should include TCP/IP, E-mail, html, http, ftp, domain names (Web sites), ISP, and dial-up access.

Summarize the basics of networking fundamentals, including technologies, devices and protocols


Basics of configuring IP addressing and TCP/IP properties (DHCP, DNS)


Bandwidth and latency


Status indicators


Protocols (TCP/IP, NETBIOS)


Full-duplex, half-duplex


Basics of workgroups and domains






Hub, switch and router


Identify Virtual Private Networks (VPN)


Basics class identification

Categorize network cables and connectors and their implementations



Plenum / PVC

UTP (e.g. CAT3, CAT5 / 5e, CAT6)



Coaxial cable





Compare and contrast the different network types






Prerequisites and Corequisites:

PC Operator and Information Processing Technician Certificates

Introductution Section: Course Introduction, including the Learning Lab ( 2 hrs ) Module 1 Networking Basics ( 12 hrs ) Module 2 Cables and Connectors ( 10 hrs ) Module 3 Networking Devices ( 10 hrs ) Module 4 Ethernet ( 10 hrs ) Module 5 Network Implementation ( 12 hrs ) Module 6 Wireless Networking ( 12 hrs ) Module 7 Wide Area Networks - WANS ( 10 hrs ) Module 8 Network Security ( 12 hrs ) Module 9 Network Management ( 12 hrs) Module 10 Troubleshooting (10 hrs)

Practice A+ Practical Applications Exam ( 2 hrs)

Specific Course Requirements:

You must be motivated and self directed with the ability to follow a calendar timeline of due dates. You MUST communicate with your instructor a MINIMUM of twice a week. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to notify the instructor if you have a technical problem or a medical emergency. FIRST THING, EMAIL YOUR INSTRUCTORS SO THEY KNOW YOU ARE ABLE TO LOG INTO YOUR COURSES.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Hardware and Software Requirements Required Textbooks : LabSim Network+ This is a access code that you

LabSim Network+

This is a access code that you will use to set up a LabSims account for online materials and simulation/virtual labs.

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain this passcode. If you purchase this elsewhere, it will cost you about 7 times more than purchasing through out bookstore. We have received a group discount there. You need to search for the CIST1315 course.

Supplementary Materials:

There are no supplementary materials for this course.

Hardware Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.

The LabSim has video demonstrations and you must have sound on your system.

Software Requirements:

The minimum requirements can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.

Supported web browser information can be found at http://www.rodp.org/students/hardware_software.htm.

Multimedia software such as Real Player, Windows Media Player, or QuickTime Player may be required.

Instructor Information

Instructor: Judy Johnson Tennessee Technology Center at Crump. E-mail Address: judy.johnson@ttcrump.edu Office Phone: 731-632-3393 - ext. 246

Assessment and Grading

Testing Procedures:

There required quizzes and labs in each section. These are on-line within the LabSim. Once these are completed the instructor will review your work then manually post your scores into the D2L gradebook here in the course.

There will be a final exam. We will use the practice Network+ Exam in the LabSims as our final for this course.

Grading Procedure:

The final course grade will be a combination averages. The quizzes average will be 25%, the labs will be 40%, the remaining activies (worker characteristics/meeting due dates etc) will be 25% and the final will be 10% of the final course grade.

Labs: Complete the labs. If you make below a 77, redo the lab for a better score. If you repeat a lab, the scores will be averaged together then recorded for that lab's section. The average of all labs will count as 40% of your final grade. These labs are completed within LabSims. All work submitted late will result in a 10 point deduction.

Quizzes: A passing score on the quizzes (exams) is 77. You may retake a quiz only if you have scored less than 77.0%. Each test and retest counts as a part of the module grade. These quiz scores will be averaged for the average module quiz score. All work submitted late will result in a 10 point deduction.

This retake policy is to provide you the opportunity to learn the module material and provide a more accurate estimation of your knowledge. It is NOT meant as an opportunity for you to merely learn the quiz questions because the retake quiz is NOT the same is the original quiz. Please do not abuse the policy. (Note: The retake quiz covers other materials in the but with a completely different set of questions.)

There will be a 10 point reduction for work that is submitted within the week after the due date and a 20 point deduction for work later than a week.

Grading Scale:

93.0% - 100.0% - A

85.0% -

92.9% - B

77.0% -

84.9% - C

You are expected to maintain a satisfactory progress throughout the course. Satisfactory progress is defined as a minimum average of 77.0% and weekly performance. Unsatisfactory progress will result in termination from the course with a Failing grade.

There is a very large amount of material to absorb and it may be very challenging for someone who is new to the computer world. Please use the discussion board and e-mail system to let me know if you are having difficulty with the material. We all come from different backgrounds and this is not easy for most people to learn. None of us was born with any of the computer knowledge we now possess. We all had to learn it somewhere.

Assignments and Participation

Assignments and Projects:

Check the course modules for additional on-line content. Prepare for the quizzes by reading the material in the LabSim and completing the labs.

Please refer to the Assignment page in the Course Content above for this term's due date schedule. I recommend you print these pages for quick reference.

Class Participation:

You are expected to fully participate in the course. In addition to course work and assignments, you are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource and check the course discussion board frequently for announcements. You ae required to participate in all discussions. You are expected to read all of them and be familiar with their contents. You just might have the answer to someone's question. Often a learner can express information from a viewpoint that is helpful and identified with by another learner. So, let's have everyone's two-cents worth.


You are expected to complete a module every 8-10 day,s based on the due dates. Late work WILL affect your grade. There will be a 10 point deduction during the first week you work is late and 20 points deducted if you are over a week late.

IF you have a technical problem or medical emergency, notify me immediately.

Course Ground Rules

Learn how to navigate in Desire2Learn (D2L) as soon as possible. The new student Orientation class should be accomplished during the first week of the trimester.

This course uses the honor system. Not following the rules will result in limited comprehension of the materials for you to excel in the Information Technology environment. This is a self-paced, asynchronous course which must be completed within the 15-week time limitation. Pace yourself to accomplish about a chapter each week. Do not get behind. It is difficult to catch up.

If you know the material, you may complete the course early by successfully completing all the assignments. There is no required amount of participation time to complete this course. YOU ARE WELCOME TO WORK AHEAD OF THE SCHEDULED DUE DATES !!

If you have any questions, ask them! Several options are available; e-mail the instructor, e-mail other students, or use the discussion board. Check the boards often to see if there are new discussions or announcements. Please, feel free to discuss anything that will help you learn and understand computers, just keep the topics relevant to the subject material.

Manage your time wisely. Give yourself enough time to read the material, view the videos in LabSims and perform the labs before an quiz.

Address technical problems immediately. Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


Always include a subject line with the course name .

Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.

Use standard fonts.

Do not send large attachments without permission.

Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.

Respect the privacy of other class members.

Discussion Groups:

Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Your contributions are a must.

Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.

Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other?s ideas.

Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.

Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.

Be positive and constructive in group discussions.

Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Be polite. Choose your words carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.

Be prepared to open the chat session at the scheduled time.

Be constructive in your comments and suggestion.

Web Resources:

Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading must be included in all courses.

Students With Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email

communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.

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