Fundamentals of Networking
Fall Session 1: 21 Aug ~ 11 Oct 2012
Instructor: David Wills
Class web site:
(Designed to help prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.)
Prerequisite: CMIT 202.
An introduction to networking technologies for local area networks,
wide area networks, the Internet, and wireless networks.
The aim is to recognize the type of network design appropriate for a given scenario.
Topics include the OSI (open system connectivity) model, security, and networking protocols.
Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: CMIT 265 or CMIT 265M.
Through lectures, discussions, textbook exercises and demonstrations,
this course introduces the underlying hardware and software concepts
of data networking, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference
model, and the protocols that operate at the various model layers.
This course teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to help prepare
students for the Network+ Certification Exam No. N10-002 administered
by Computing Technology Industry Association(CompTIA). The Network+
certification program covers the networking technologies most commonly
used today. Passing the Network+ certification exam means that you
have proof of professional achievement that is valuable for
demonstrating that you possess the basic knowledge and skills needed
to work as a computer networking professional.
This course is an introduction to networking technologies for local-area networks
(LANs), wide-area networks (WANs), and wireless networks, with an emphasis on the
open systems interconnection (OSI) model, security, and networking protocols.
By the completion of this course, you will be able to identify network topologies,
media types, interconnectivity, and protocols.
You will participate in lab simulation activities and develop a network design proposal.
Our aim is to prepare you for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.
Concepts learned in this course will be directly applicable to the IT networking field.
After completing this course, you will be able to
Other stuff you might learn:
- apply the concepts of the OSI model in the design, management, and
troubleshooting of networks
- identify and compare network devices, media, and topologies
- select, assemble, and install cables and distribution panels in compliance with
- identify and apply networking tools, technologies, security principles,
and protocols to network infrastructure, including LANs, WLANs, and WANs
Identify the components of a network and determine the type of
network design most appropriate for a given site.
Identify the different media used in network communications,
distinguish among them, and determine how to use them to connect
servers and clients in a network.
Differentiate among networking standards, protocols, and access
methods and determine which is most appropriate for a given
Recognize the primary network architectures, identify their
major characteristics, and determine which is most appropriate for
a proposed network.
Identify the primary functions of network operating systems and
distinguish between a centralized computing environment and a
Determine how to implement and support the major networking
components, including the server, operating system, and clients.
Propose a system for adequately securing data on a given network
and protecting the system's components.
Distinguish between LANs and wide-area networks (WANs) and
identify the components used to expand a LAN into a WAN.
Determine how to use Routers, Switches, Hubs, CSU/DSU, and other
access hardware in the larger LAN/WAN environment.
Identify the major periods in the history of networking
Identify strategic LAN support tools and resources and determine
how to use them in troubleshooting basic network problems.
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A variety of free software will be used in the course.
Bringing your laptop to class is encouraged.
EVALUATION: Your grade will be based on
examinations and some exercises and homework in the following
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 30%
The grade of 'A' means "outstanding", i.e. "mastery of the material".
The grade of 'B' means "good". The grade of 'C' means "satisfactory".
Grades are curved and related to the class average. "Significantly
above" the class average are the A's, "above" (or sometimes even at)
the class average are the B's, at or below the class average are the
C's. Significantly below the class average are the D's and F's.
Usually, in the 90's is an A, 80's is a B, 70's is a C. Actually, this
method is to your advantage, as often the curve for grades is lower
than the traditional 90-100 A, 80-90 B etc, in other words it might be
85-100 is an A etc.
The grade of “Fn” may only be assigned if a student stops attending
class during the first 60% of the class.
PENALTIES: There are penalties for late work. All work must be submitted as specified.
INCOMPLETES: The grade of I is exceptional and given only to students whose completed
course work has been qualitatively satisfactory but who have been unable to complete
all course requirements because of illness or other extenuating circumstances beyond
their control. The grade of I may be considered only for students who have completed
at least fifty (50) percent of the total course work requirements and who have received
a passing grade on all the course work which they have completed. the instructor retains
the right to make the final decision on granting a student's request for an I, even
though the student may meet the eligibility requirements for this grade.
POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND GRADES: IAW with the University of Maryland, University
Catalog, Asian Division, and the Student Handbook (current editions).
These cover essential information such as attendance, grading, make-up work and
Office hours are available at the request of students.