Course Descriptions

CPT 115 - Introduction to Networks

3 Credits

This course corresponds to the first semester of the Cisco Networking Academy Exploration track. It introduces students to the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It 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 the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further studies in computer networking. Hands-on labs for this course use a “model Internet” to allow students to analyze real data without affecting production networks. At the end of the course, students build simple LAN topologies by applying basic principles of cabling, performing basic configurations of network devices such as routers and switches, and implementing IP addressing schemes. Two class hours, two laboratory hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain how communication works in data networks and the Internet
2. Utilize network protocol models to explain the layers of communications in data networks
3. Explain the role of protocols in data networks
4. Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks
5. Describe the protocols and services provided by the application layer in the OSI and TCP/IP models and describe how this layer operates in various networks
6. Analyze the operations and features of transport layer protocols and services
7. Analyze the operations and feature of network layer protocols and services and explain the fundamental concepts of routing
8. Describe the operation of protocols at the OSI data link layer and explain how they support communications
9. Explain the role of physical layer protocols and services in supporting communications across data networks
10. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Spring Semester 2019
Summer Session 2019