Computer Networks – CSIS 535

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/26/2022

Course Description

Concentrated on computer networks, students will learn the fundamentals of networking, network management, and network design. Areas will include, but are not limited to, the abstraction layers of network communication, wireless networks, mobile networks, network security, network architecture, basic network design, and network management. Students will learn how to analyze and build basic computer network designs that meet the needs of changing business environments.

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

Rationale

The principles of networking and telecommunications are built upon standard protocols such as those found in the definition of the TCP/IP protocol suite. The innovations over the past decade in communications hardware, software and related architectures have changed the way IT facilitates business regarding time and location. The traditional seven-layer model that has allowed standardization and engineering simplicity has been refined by this four-layer approach that we refer to as the “Internet.” It is imperative that both the practitioner and the business-using community understand and leverage the communications resource to cost-effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the relevance of course material and the use of information technology to a biblical worldview.
  2. Summarize the various abstraction layers of computer network communication.
  3. Demonstrate the principles of network security.
  4. Contrast different types of network management.
  5. Build a fundamental network design to solve a business problem.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 500–600 words 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 400–500 words. At least 2 peer-reviewed sources and 1 biblical integration must be included with each thread and with each of the 2 replies. Current APA formatting must be used.

Lab Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 practical assignments that involve different network configurations that influence the effectiveness of the enterprise. Each assignment builds upon the previous assignment. This will enable the student to see different real-life network designs and will allow him/her to experience how changing a few components in a network can improve overall company performance.

In each assignment you must incorporate the: Christian Worldview Perspective: Make the connection between your assignment criteria and deliverables to God's fellowship of believers interacting with one another to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Comprehensive Lab Assignment

The student will complete a Comprehensive Lab Assignment that will implement the information taught and learned throughout the length of the course.

In the Comprehensive Lab Assignment you must incorporate the: Christian Worldview Perspective: Make the connection between your assignment criteria and deliverables to God's fellowship of believers interacting with one another to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions. Each quiz will have a 1-hour and 45-minute time limit.