Business Data Communication Systems – CSIS 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Business Data Communications. The study of the movement of information (data) from one device to another by means of electrical, optical, radio or satellite transmission systems. This course will introduce the architecture, concepts, terminology, design, and management issues related to the modern environment of networking and data communications. Various types of networks and communication systems, protocols, regulatory issues and policies will be explored. (Formerly BMIS 330)




Data communications and networking systems are the foundation of today’s business, online educational, and many personal infrastructures. Data communications and computer networks provide the basic framework through which every other application, software package, or interface is delivered, making them fundamental building blocks in any information system. This course provides foundational knowledge of data networking and prepares the student specializing in data networking for subsequent courses in the discipline.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate the relevance of course material and the use of technology into a biblical worldview.
  2. Identify components of a modern computer network in a layered architecture as referenced in the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  3. Use current technologies to simulate, configure, test, and examine devices and traffic in a network.
  4. Construct basic network topologies.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and videos

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Packet Tracer Affirmation Statement

After reading the Cisco Packet Tracer Terms of Use, the student will complete the related acknowledgement.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 300 words, contain 2 citations, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 100 words. Sources must be documented in current APA format.

Labs (20)

The student will complete a varying number of labs per module/week. This will include a combination of Packet Tracer, Wireshark, binary conversion, and OS command activities to reinforce the materials presented in each module/week.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 45 minutes to complete each quiz.

Final Exam

The exam will be open-book/open-notes and will consist of 100 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the exam.