Computer Networks [Opens in New Window]

Purdue University Calumet
School of Technology
Course Syllabus
ECET 26500 - Computer Networks
Credits and Contact Hours:
Credit 3, Class 2, Lab. 3, Contact Hours 5
Instructor’s or Course Coordinator’s Name:
William C. Robinson
Text Book, Title, Author and Year:
Title: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide
Author: Dye, McDonald & Rufi
Year: 2007
Title: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Labs and Study Guide
Author: Rufi, Oppenheimer & Woodward
Year: 2008
Other supplemental material: Lab handouts and other handouts for topics not covered by the textbook.
Introduction to the Course:
a) Catalog Description (2010-2011 Academic Catalog):
This course is an introduction to Data communications and Networking hardware. The emphasis is
on network hardware and topologies, physical interface standards, construction of transmission
media, Local and Wide Area Network protocols as they relate to network hardware, hands-on Local
Area Networks installation and troubleshooting.
b) Prerequisites:
c) Required course.
Specific Goals of the Course:
a) Course Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
Have a basic understanding of the Computer Networks Architecture model (OSI model);
Know the fundamentals of packet-switching, routing, and other concepts used in computer
communication networks;
Be able to analyze the protocols involved at various levels of existing computer networks;
Identify and utilize various hardware components used in computer networks;
Gain an understanding of land-based point-to-point networks;
Acquire the minimum background in protocol design and modeling;
Gain hands-on experience on how to install, setup, and manage a complete Local Area
Have a basic understanding of TCP/IP, the protocol of the Internet.
b) Criteria 3 Student Outcomes:
This course covers items a, b, and c in ABET Criteria 3.
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ECET 26500 - Computer Networks
Course Delivery Methods (check all that apply):
X Lecture X Laboratory X Online X Discussion groups X Projects
Factors Used to Determine the Course Grade (check all that apply):
X Quizzes X Exams X Homework X Papers X Lab Reports X Class participation
X How final grade is determined:
Eleven end-of-Module exams at 6 points each
Labs and Skills assessment
Final Exam (comprehensive)
Brief List of Topics to be Covered:
Communicating in a Network-Centric World
Platform for Communications
Applications - The Interface between the Networks
Roles of the Transport Layer
IPv4 addressing, Subnetting, VLSM, CIDR
Media Access Control Techniques
The Physical Layer - Communication Signals
Overview of Ethernet
Routing Fundamentals and Subnets
Configuring Cisco Devices - IOS Basics
Lab Experiments:
Identifying Top Security Vulnerabilities
Using NeoTrace to View Internetworks
TCP/IP Network Settings
Binary Numbering
Introduction to Packet Tracer
Observing TCP and UDP using Netstat
Ping and Traceroute
Examining ICMP Packets using WireShark
Pv4 Address Subnetting
Subnet and Router Configuration
Skills Integration Challenge
Media Connectors
Cisco Switch MAC Table Examination
Intermediary Device as an End Device
Creating a Small Lab Topology
Basic Cisco Device Configuration
Managing Device Configuration
Configure Host Computers for IP Networking
Network Testing
Network Documentation with Utility Commands
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