Network Architecture and Design – CSIS 651

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

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth analysis of network architecture models that are designed to support business strategies in a changing environment. It addresses optimization of network functionality including resilience, modularity, security, virtualization, management, and topology design.

Prerequisites

BMIS 662 and CSCI 601

Rationale

Network Architecture and Design is the final course in the network design and security cognate. Networks become challenging to manage as they grow in size and complexity. Focal to the course is advanced network design and management, including flexibility, scalability, availability, security, convergence, and optimization.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Relate network management strategies to Christian principles. (PLO-1)
  2. Customize network designs to support business needs and workflows. (PLO-2)
  3. Design networks for security, resilience, redundancy, and modularity. (PLO-3)
  4. Contrast network models and topologies. (PLO-3)
  5. Select appropriate routing protocols. (PLO-2)

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 2 citations. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and contain at least 1 citation. Current APA format must be used.

Networking Labs (3)

The student will complete skill integration challenges using Packet Tracer. A Packet Tracer simulation file and a Microsoft Word document with screenshots showing student progress will both need to be submitted for each lab.

Thesis Project (Phase 1 and Phase 2)

There will be 2 phases of this assignment. In preparation for the capstone course, the student will begin the process of researching and writing his/her thesis. Phase 1 must contain at least 2,150 words and 19 citations. Phase 2 must contain at least 3,000 words and 28 citations. Reference the grading rubrics for specific breakdown of criteria and points. Current APA format must be used.

Network Design Project (Phase 1 and Phase 2)

There will be 2 phases of this assignment. Both phases of this project will align with the Cisco PPDIOO network lifecycle. Phase 1 of the project will address the Prepare, Plan, and Design phases of PPDIOO. Phase 2 of the project will address the Design, Implement, Operate, and Optimize phases of the Cisco PPDIOO network lifecycle. Phase 1 must contain at least 2,750 words and 20 citations. Phase 2 must contain at least 1,250 words and 17 citations. The student must reference the grading rubrics for specific breakdown of criteria and points. Current APA format must be used.