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Introduction to Networks
Course: CNT140AB

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lec + Lab   4.0 Credit(s)   6.0 Period(s)   6.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T- Lab Load

Description: Focus on the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced. Students will build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes. Preparation for Cisco certification examination.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet. (I, II, IV, V, VI, XI)
2. Describe the role of protocol layers in data networks. (III, IV, V, VI, VII, X)
3. Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments. (II, IV, V, VIII, IX)
4. Design subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks. (VIII, IX)
5. Explain fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operations. (V)
6. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches. (III, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX)
7. Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations. (II, V, VI, XI)
8. Utilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyze data traffic. (VIII, XI)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Exploring the network
   A. Globally connected
   B. LANs, WANs, and the Internet
   C. The network as a platform
   D. The changing network environment
II. Configuring a network operating system
   A. IOS Bootcamp
   B. Basics of configuration
   C. Addressing schemes
III. Network protocols and communications
   A. Rules of communication
   B. Network protocols and standards
   C. Moving data in the network
IV. Network access
   A. Physical layer protocols
   B. Network media
   C. Data link layer protocols
   D. Media access control
V. Ethernet
   A. Ethernet protocol
   B. Address resolution protocol
   C. LAN switches
   D. IPv6 neighbor discovery
VI. Network Layer
   A. Network layer protocols
   B. Routing
   C. Routers
   D. Configuration of a Cisco router
VII. Transport Layer
   A. Transport layer protocols
   B. TCP and UPD
VIII. IP addressing
   A. IPv4 network addresses
   B. IPv6 network addresses
   C. Connectivity verification
IX. Subnetting IP networks
   A. Subnetting an IPv4 network
   B. Addressing schemes
   C. Design considerations for IPv6
X. Application layer
   A. Application layer protocols
   B. Common application layer protocols and services
XI. Network maintenance
   A. Create and grow
   B. Network safety
   C. Basic network performance
   D. Management of IOS configuration files
   E. Integration of routing services
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 10, 2019

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