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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.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain how communication works in data networks or 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 or naming schemes at various layers of data networks.
5. Describe the protocols provided by the application layer in the OSI (Open Systems Interconnections) or TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) models.
6. Describe how the application layer in the OSI or TCP/IP models operate.
7. Analyze the features of transport layer protocols or services.
8. Analyze the features of network layer protocols or services.
9. Explain the fundamental concepts of routing.
10. Describe the operation of protocols at the OSI data link layer.
11. Explain how protocols at the OSI data link layer support communications.
12. Explain the role of physical layer protocols or services in supporting communications across data networks.
13. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches.
14. Use effective group problem solving skills on team projects or activities.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2024
Summer Session 2024