NET455 - Networking Essentials

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Subject Title
Networking Essentials

Subject Description
The major topics covered in this course include: Introduction to Personal Computer (PC) hardware, networking overview, networking fundamentals (terminology, topologies, OSI and TCP/IP networking models), networking media and cable testing, cabling simple LANs and WANs, network access methods and technologies, Ethernet technologies and switching, network protocols, TCP/IP protocol suite and IP addressing, routing fundamentals and subnets, network connectivity, local area network implementation and configuration, introduction to wireless networks, network administration, network security basics, Windows XP/2003, Linux, Novell Netware, interoperability between various network operating systems. The material in this course is largely based on the introductory CCNA1 (CISCO certified network associate 1): Network Fundamentals ? CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. The student will be automatically enrolled in the CCNA1 course and, upon successful completion of the course requirements, will have an opportunity to advance to the higher semester (CCNA: Exploration 2 ? 4) Academy courses.

Credit Status
One subject credit in Computer Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology programs, and Electronic Engineering Technician programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate improved competence in the following fundamental scientific skills:
(a) Effective note taking in a classroom environment.
(b) Laboratory methods: observation, data recording and data analysis.
(c) Report writing: organization and presentation of information in a structured written format.
(d) Analysis and solution of word and/or diagram-based problems in computer and networking applications.
(e) The use of tools and test equipment used in computer network environments.

2. Demonstrate a general understanding of and working familiarity with the following networking concepts:
(a) Networking terminology and design essentials.
(b) Common networking media.
(c) Network connectivity devices.
(d) Networking models and standards.
(e) Packet transmission and common network protocol suites.
(f) Network access methods and architectures.
(g) Network components and operations.
(h) Heterogeneous networks environments.
(i) Basic network administration and support.
(j) Network operating systems.
(k) Detailed analysis of the various layers of the OSI (Open System Interconnect) model.

3. Use crimping/wire stripping and other required tools in assembling network patch cables and data jacks.

4. Use networking test equipment such as cable testers and cable meters to verify network cable functionality and diagnose cable faults.

5. Use the Internet as a search tool for operating system patches, updates and drivers and also specs for hardware used in LANs.

6. Perform installation, configuration and troubleshooting of Microsoft network operating systems (NOS), such as Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 (including NetWare and Linux interoperability), as well as related network applications/services, in simple peer-to-peer and server-based network environments.

7. Perform configuration and troubleshooting of Novel NetWare and Linux network operating systems in server-based network environments (including interoperability with Windows networks).

8. Set up small-scale local area networks using cabling, network connectivity hardware such as network interface cards, hubs, switches and/or routers, network operating systems, and network server applications.

9. Set up and integrate wireless local area networks (WLANs) using routers with integrated wireless access points (WAPs) into existing networking environments.

10. Use various utilities for performance monitoring and basic troubleshooting of small computer local area networks.

11. Perform basic network protocol analysis using common software protocol analyzers (ex. Wireshark).

12. Carry out simple assembly/ dis-assembly of some of the main components of a PC (Personal computer) and identify various motherboard components.


Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.