ICT 114 Networking

Credits: 3

Course Content:
This course covers a wide range of material about networking, from careers in networking to local area networks, wide area networks, protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. It not only introduces a variety of concepts, but also discusses in-depth the most significant aspects of networking, such as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

Course Format:

  • Approximately 45 hours to complete and scheduled over a 15-week period.
  • This course is delivered online as part of the Information and Communications Technology program delivered through BC Campus. It is delivered in an online format comprising a mix of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. This will include online class meetings as well as students covering material at their own time. As this is an on-line course, attendance requires participation in the course, not time in a classroom. However, students must ensure that they complete their required participation in online discussions and other similar assignments.

Course Prerequisites:
ICT 108 - Operating Systems I

Transfer Credits:
Presently, no transfer agreements exist with this course.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of general networking terminology relating to topology, technologies and media
  • demonstrate the ability to configure a networked workstation in a peer-to-peer and client/server network
  • install and perform basic environmental operations using Microsoft, Unix and Novell network operating systems
  • analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various network operating systems
  • troubleshoot network connectivity issues
  • establish printing throughout a networked environment

Required Materials/Texts:
Text:
Networks+ Guide to Networks, 7th edition, by Jill West, Tamara Dean, and Jean Andrews. Course Technology, Boston: 2015, ISBN: 978-1-305-09094-1.
Headphones/Microphone: Participation in the class meetings will require students to have a headphone and microphone headset. These can be purchased at most computer supplies stores.

Evaluation Profile:
Assignments: There will be 6 assignments, each worth 5% of your final mark. Students are expected to complete and submit assignments on or before stated deadlines. Late assignments will be accepted without penalty only in exceptional circumstances and only where prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Late assignments not pre-arranged with the instructor will not be accepted and a value of zero will be assigned.

Quizzes: There will be 6 online quizzes, each worth 5% of your final mark. Students are expected to complete and submit quizzes on or before stated deadlines. Late quizzes will be accepted without penalty only in exceptional circumstances and only where prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Late quizzes not pre-arranged with the instructor will not be accepted and a value of zero will be assigned.

Final Exam: 40%. A final invigilated examination, covering the full content of the course.

The purpose of the combined components of the course evaluation is to assess the students' abilities in meeting the course learning outcomes. These are based upon the practical nature of the course and are experiential in nature.

Assignments
30%
Quizzes 30%
Invigilated Final Exam
40%
TOTAL 100%

Grades:
Percentage grades will be converted to letter grades at the home institution.

Syllabus:

Unit Topics
1 Course Overview, an introduction to networking
2 How computers find each other
3 How data is transported
4 Structured cabling and networking elements
5 Network cables
6 Wireless networking
7 Cloud computing and remote access
8 Network risk management
9 Unified communications and network performance management
10 Network segmentation and virtualization
11 Wide area networks
12 Industrial and enterprise networking
13 Review
14 Final examination

Operational Details:

College Policies: Academic Appeals (including appeal of final grades), Student Conduct, Cheating and Plagiarism, Academic Probation and other educational issues are those of the home institution.
Attendance: As this is an on-line course, attendance requires participation in the course, not time in a classroom. However, students must ensure that they complete their required participation in online discussions and other similar assignments.
Occasionally, online meeting/discussion forums times may be arranged in conjunction with the students availability.
Missed Exams: Quizzes and periodic tests must be written when scheduled for the class. This policy may be modified should the student submit written documentation, acceptable to the department, supporting a valid reason for missing the quiz or test (i.e. family or personal emergency, etc.).
Late Assignments: Late assignments will not be marked without the student having made prior arrangements with the instructor.
Cheating/Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's words, ideas, interpretations, insights, or order of points as one's own. All work submitted must be the student's own words and content, and not written by a tutor or friend. If external sources are used for an essay or assignment, they must be documented to avoid plagiarism.