Advanced Networking and Communication Systems – CSIS 430

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course focuses on routed data networks and the implementation of previously learned business data communications and switched networks concepts, principles and strategies to build a complete data communications network. This course is an in-depth study of technologies and equipment in modern communication networks. The TCP/IP stack and Cisco (or comparable) networking equipment are used to explore methodologies for designing, configuring, and maintaining communication networks. (Formerly BMIS 430)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is offered to CSIS majors who seek to build advanced knowledge and skills needed in designing and deploying efficient and effective data communications and network technologies, which solve common business challenges. It culminates the networking series by picking up with the switched networking taught in the CSIS 331 course and extending the student’s knowledge through routed networks and the Internet technologies. By the end of the CSIS 330, CSIS 331, and CSIS 430 sequence, the student will have been exposed to most of the subject areas in a network certification exam.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the relevance of course material to a biblical world view.
  2. Apply key telecommunication concepts (such as data transmission, packets, topology, the OSI model, protocols, and standards) associated with networks.
  3. Apply key networking concepts to provide network services.
  4. Implement network components and devices to provide a business with internetworking capabilities.

Course Assignment

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

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums completed in this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post 1 thread of at least 250 words in response to a provided prompt. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include Cisco material, the Bible, and scholarly journals. The student must also post 2 replies of at least 100 words to his/her classmates’ threads.

There are 12 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. The Last Packet Tracer will be our Final Project for the class.

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