First of four courses providing classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technologies, and to prepare for certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Uses the OSI and TCP layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced. Labs use a "virtual Internet environment" consisting of servers, routers, and switches to allow students to analyze real data within a controlled network environment. Packet Tracer (PT) simulation software activities help students analyze protocol and network operation along with practicing network design and configuration. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling; perform basic configurations of network devices including routers and switches; and implement IP addressing schemes.


Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Recommended Preparation: CIS 120 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better or "Pass"
3 UNITS : 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory