Networking Fundamentals

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

Describe what a network is;

Describe the role of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model in networking, especially as it applies to conceptualizing communication between systems on a network, troubleshooting, protocols, and applications;

Describe the role of standards in creating dependable networks;

Describe signaling techniques used on modern networks, including those used over wired and wireless networks;

Utilize TCP/IP for networked communication;

Describe the variety of physical and logical topologies used to build networks;

Discriminate between a well-designed and a poorly designed network;

Setup a Local Area Network (LAN), including working with wireless access points and wireless clients;

Maintain and upgrade an existing LAN;

Utilize network diagrams; and

Demonstrate appropriate and ethical behavior and good work habits.

Learning Objectives