Networks – CSIS 331

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

Course Description

Building on the foundational knowledge of the 330 course, this is a study in corporate data networking. This course primarily focuses on switched networks (wired and wireless) with hands on work on setting up and operating a switched network. Routed networks fundamentals and concepts will be introduced to prepare students for careers in networks operations and the follow-on advanced networks class. (Formerly BMIS 331)


CSIS 330 (Minimum grade of C)


The CSIS 331 Networks course is the next logical progression in the study of both Information Assurance and Data Networking cognates. The prerequisite CSIS 330 course introduced business data and telecommunications. As the student advances, he/she is now ready for a more in-depth immersion into switched networks and how networks support business objectives. This course sets the stage for the student to advance into the more complex "routed" networks taught in the follow-on CSIS 430 course.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Compare and contrast the propagation effects in wired, wireless, and fiber physical network infrastructure.
    2. Describe the network operations at the Data Link (switched network) layer of the OSI seven-layer model.
    3. Describe the need for and the process of implementing Virtual LANs with Ethernet switches.
    4. Compare and contrast sub-networking and variable length sub-networking (VLSN), and specify how to implement both in a switched network.
    5. Compare and contrast switched networks and routed networks.
    6. Specify the various 802 transmission standards and access/configure typical switches to operate in a switched network.
    7. Discuss the relevance of course material and the use of technology to a biblical worldview.


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (2)

There are 2 Discussion Board Forums completed in this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences.

Packet Tracer Labs (16)

There are 16 Packet Tracer Labs that will be completed in this course. The student must install and use the Cisco Packet Tracer program provided by Netacad in order to complete the labs.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks.

Final Exam:

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks.