ET-704: Networking Fundamentals I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-704 Networking Fundamentals I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Course Description in college catalog:

This is an introductory level course that provides students with the basic terminology and skills needed to design, build and maintain small to medium networks. It provides in-depth coverage of the most important concepts in contemporary networking, such as TCP/IP, Ethernet, wireless transmission, virtual networks, cloud computing, segmentation, security, and troubleshooting. Topics include: OSI model; electronics and signals, collisions and collision domains, MAC addressing, LANs, structured cabling, cabling tools, network design and documentation, power supply issues, Internet Protocol addressing and subnetting, network protocols.

Hands-on lab activities will complement lecture topics.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Internet and Information Technology

Certificate Program - New Media Technology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
To understand what is a network and how computer communicate

Students should describe:

  • The fundamental types of networks and the devices and topologies that create a network.
  • Addressing standards by devices on a network and explain how host names and domain names work.
To comprehend how data is transported over networks

Students should describe:T

  • The functions of the core TCP/IP protocols, as well as common IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols.
Demonstrate knowledge in network cabling

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish different types of network and cabling equipment.
  • To discuss basic data transmission concepts, including signaling, data modulation, multiplexing, bandwidth, baseband, and broadband.
  • To explain Ethernet standards and compares the benefits and limitations of different networking media.
To examine how nodes exchange wireless signals and identify potential obstacles to successful wireless transmission.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture and specific characteristics of popular WLAN transmission methods.
  • To configure wireless access points and clients, manage wireless security concerns, and evaluate common problems experienced with wireless networks.
To identify common security needs and vulnerabilities of a network

Students will be able to describe:

  • The elements of an effective security policy and how to apply appropriate security measures and devices when designing a network.
To explore advance topics related to TCP/IP based networking, such as subnetting

Students will be able to:

  • Design networks using CIDR (Classless Interdomain Routing)
  • Explain virtualization and identify characteristics of virtual network components
To expand knowledge of networks by examining WAN (Wide Area Network)

Students will be able to:

  • Explain different WAN topologies and characteristics, as well as connection and transmission methods, such as T-carriers, ISDN, DSL, broadband cable, and Metro Ethernet.
To describe significant components of an industrial system or SCADA system

Students will be able to:

  • Describe how to inventory and manage network assets, identify significant business documents, and create and follow appropriate change management procedures

Program-specific outcomes

A. Demonstrate proficiency in factual knowledge and conceptual understanding required for transfer to the junior year in computer science, information technology or a related discipline.

B: Engineering Competence: Graduates will be competent technicians with problem solving and design skills, and have the ability to apply mathematics, science and modern engineering software to solve computer science and computer engineering technology problems.

C: Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  • One midterm examination
  • One final cumulative examination
  • Quizzes
  • Labs
  • Homework assignments

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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