IT 103 Networking Basics • 5 Cr.
Provides an understanding of the basics of networking to students not majoring in Network Support. Topics include: network topologies, media, protocols, hardware and software. This class also covers content listed for the COMPTIA Network+ exam. Course includes practical experience and business case studies. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Recommended: BTS 161 or equivalent work experience.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe the history and evolution of networking.
- Enumerate the needs for networking in modern enterprises.
- Describe Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs).
- Describe basic network topologies and advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Describe the need for and structure of networking models such as Open System Interconnection (OSI) and Transport Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
- Identify standardization agencies and the responsibilities of each.
- Describe the technologies associated with LANs (i.e., Ethernet, Token Ring, etc.).
- Describe hardware and software associated with LAN construction.
- Describe the technologies associated with WANs (i.e., circuit-switched, packet-switched, etc.).
- Describe large internetworks and the standards, protocols and services that define them.