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Computer Information Systems

CIS 171


Introduction to Networking


Course Description

This course introduces students to the key concepts of data communications, telecommunications and networking. The course provides a solid introduction to networking fundamentals including key acronyms, protocols and components that are essential to understanding how networks operate today. Upon completion, the student will have a solid understanding of how information travels from a source computer to a destination computer across a complex network.

Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.
  • Recommended: Computer experience.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the different types of hardware required in networking.
  • Interpret output from networking software tools.
  • Explore options for managing and optimizing networks.
  • Characterize how protocols function within a layered communication system.
  • Explain how addresses are used to exchange information.
  • Investigate the flow of information between communicating network devices.
  • Examine current technologies used in local area networks (LANs).
  • Identify technologies used in wide area networks (WANs).
  • Determine appropriate media and connectors for various networking scenarios.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.


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