This course teaches general networking principles to provide an understanding of data communication protocols, the OSI model, network addressing, media, hardware, and software.
- Describe and install the hardware and software required to be able to communicate across a network.
- Describe, compare and contrast network communications using two examples of layered models.
- Describe topologies and physical issues associated with cabling common LANs.
- Describe how an IP address is associated with a device interface and the association between physical and logical addressing.
- Describe the fundamental concepts associated with transport layer protocols and compare connectionless and connection-oriented transport methods.
- List the major TCP/IP application protocols and briefly define their features and operation.
- Configure basic network protocols and services on various network devices.
Learning Model Architecture
This course follows a weekly cycle of Prepare activities and Ponder and Prove activities.
You will prepare by setting goals and scheduling your time wisely. By doing so, this will help you to complete assignments, stay on task, and perform valuable work in the future. You will have little predefined structure in this course, and you will be responsible for thinking ahead and establishing your own productive schedule.
Ponder and Prove
You will demonstrate your work each week by completing quizzes or exams.
The materials for this course will be provided by TestOut. Please refer to the weekly introduction page for information on how to gain access to the lesson content.
The quizzes are closed book. Do not use the textbook, notes, internet, or any other outside resource. This is on your honor. These quizzes usually cover the chapters covered that week but assume an understanding of previous materials. Quizzes are timed and can only be taken once.
The exams are closed book. Do not use the textbook, notes, internet, or any other outside resource. This is on your honor. These are comprehensive tests that cover everything studied up to that point. Exams are timed and can only be taken once.
There are assigned topics for each paper. Students must conduct independent research and express their own thoughts. Use of another author's words and thoughts without attribution is plagiarism and will not be accepted. Students are expected to synthesize ideas from several sources and express their own thoughts, in their own words, to explain what they have learned.
The final is comprehensive, timed and can only be taken once.
Your overall grade will be calculated according to the following scale (there is no rounding):
Late Work Policy
Assignments are due on the specified due date. No late work will be accepted. All assignments must be submitted electronically using the I-Learn website in the method explained with each assignment. Do not attempt to email assignments to the instructor; emailed assignments are immediately deleted.
Striving for Excellence
Learn here the disciplines that will help you as you travel the course of your lives, the most important of which is self-discipline, the power to govern your thoughts, your words, your acts, notwithstanding the temptations that come before you.
Gordon B. Hinckley
An important part of the college experience is gaining employment skills. These include prioritizing, meeting deadlines, and managing time. An important component of this process is turning in completed assignments on time. Please consider turning in assignments on time and in the correct location as part of the assignment. There are many activities that students can engage in at the university. It's easy for these activities to distract you from completing assignments on time. Everyone has the same opportunity and responsibility to complete assignments on time, so it would be unfair and unethical to accept anyone's late work. Occasionally there are exceptions, such as health concerns. Contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternatives if the need arises. Technical difficulties are not a valid excuse.
Certification testing is not a requirement for this course and is not a course activity. Students attempting certification tests will have to pay all fees associated with testing, and failure to pass the certification tests will not affect the results of class. Cisco Network Academy tests are not certification tests.
In compliance with applicable disability laws, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to reasonable accommodation. It is the student's responsibility to disclose to appropriate personnel in the Disability Services office any special need they may have during the first two weeks of class. The Disability Services office is located inside the Learning Assistance Center, McKay Library 1st floor.
If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.
Online Support Center
Phone: (208) 496-1411
Text Messaging: (855) 808-7102
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, MT
Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center website
Phone: (208) 496-1411
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM