CTS 1305
Introduction to Networking

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Time & Place: Ref No. 15230:  Wednesday 7:00 - 9:45 PM, Brandon Room BACA-208
Instructor: Name:  Wayne Pollock
E-mail:  pollock@acm.org
Office & Phone:  Tech-404, 253-7213. (Brandon: BACA-208).
DM Office Hours:  Monday 4:45-6:45; Tuesday, Thursday 1:30-5:30;
Brandon Office Hours:  Wednessday 6:00-7:00; or by appointment.
Homepage URL:  http://www.hccfl.edu/pollock/
Text: Dean, Tamara, Network+ Guide to Networks, 2nd Ed., ©2002 Course Technology.  ISBN # 0-619-06301-7.
Description: This course introduces the student to the basics of local area networks.  The course provides an overview of networking, including a history of development and the uses and benefits of networks.  Students are introduced to major network components, with a discussion of critical selection considerations.  This course helps prepare the student for CompTIA Network+ certification.
Objectives: After completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a knowledge of networking terms for LANs and WANs
  2. understand client server network vs. peer to peer network
  3. understand types of servers, including file, print, and application
  4. understand connection-oriented vs. connectionless communications
  5. understand communications, including IEEE 802.3, 802.5, 802.11, SLIP, and PPP
  6. understand the purpose and functions of the OSI Reference Model
  7. plan and select appropriate media for various situations, including twisted pair, coaxial, fiber optic, and wireless
  8. plan physical topologies, including star, bus, ring, and cellular
  9. plan logical topologies, including bus and ring
  10. understand and plan protocols for Ethernet and Token Ring networks
  11. understand and plan connectivity devices, including repeaters, bridges, routers, brouters, and gateways
  12. understand and plan WAN connections, including X.25, ISDN, Frame Relay, and ATM
  13. implement performance management
  14. implement account management
  15. implement security
  16. implement disaster recovery
  17. understand issues involving installation and configuration of NICs
  18. understand performance monitoring
  19. understand NetBIOS naming schemes
  20. identify common errors
  21. diagnose common problems with NICs, cables, and related hardware
  22. resolve broadcast storms
  23. identify and resolve network performance problems
Prerequisite: CGS 1100 or Permission of the Instructor.  Students enrolled in a degree or college credit certificate program must complete all prerequisites.
projects: 40%
quizzes: 10%
3 equally weighted closed-book exams     50%
Classroom participation: +5%

A=90-100,   B=80-89,   C=70-79,   D=65-69,   F=0-64
(Or you can elect to "audit" the class during the add/drop period.)

Quizzes may be take home quizzes, and are assigned from the text.

Projects are graded on the following scale:

A = 95% (Excellent:  very well designed, well written, and extras)
B = 85% (Good:  Good design, met all project objectives, and readable)
C = 75% (Acceptable:  Project objectives are met or are close to being met)
D = 65% (Unacceptable:  most objectives not completed, or badly written)
E = 10-64% (Variable credit:  At least you tried)
0 = 0% (Didn't hand in the project)

Minor extras worth +5 points, minor omissions or poor design worth -5.

  • No make up exams will be offered without the prior approval of the instructor.
  • Exams will be closed book.  Exams are based upon material presented in class and from assigned readings.
  • Regular attendance is imperative for the successful completion of this class.  All phones, pagers, and beepers must be turned off during class time, except with prior permission of the instructor.  No food or drink is permitted in HCC classrooms.  Attendance will be taken within 5 minutes of the start of class; after 4 absences and/or lateness, the student will lose 2 points off the final grade for each occurrence.
  • Credit for class participation includes attendance, preparedness, and adding to class discussions by asking questions and participating in discussions.  Playing computer games, surfing the internet, or working on other assignments for this or other classes during class time will lose you credit. 
  • Additional time outside of class will be required.  For typical students an average of between 8 and 12 hours each week outside of class are required for preparation, practice, projects, and take home quizzes.
  • Students are expected to prepare for each class by completing all reading assignments, reviewing examples, and practicing network planning and design outside of class.  If you won't have enough time available, consider auditing the course.
  • A project is late if not turned in by the start of class on the day it is due.  Late projects will be accepted up to one week late only if you obtain the instructor's permission prior to the due date of the project, or for a documented serious medical reason.  All late projects will lose at least one letter grade penalty regardless of the reason for the delay.  Projects later than one week will receive a grade of F (0).
  • Working together on individual assignments is considered as cheating!  Cheating will result in an automatic F (zero) for the project for all parties.  Note that some projects may be group projects, where each member of a small group works together on a project.  It is also ok to ask a fellow student for class notes (in the event you miss a class) or for help in understanding the text or material given to the class.
  • You must follow the academic honesty policy for HCC.  A second cheating offence will result in an "F" for the course, and your name will be turned over to the Dean for further handling.  I take these matters very seriously.  You have been warned!
  • Both take-home (chapter review) quizes and projects may be performed in small (2 or at most 3 persons) groups, provided the names of all students are shown on each submisison.  The group may submit a single assignment or each member may submit their own.  All members must participate in their group in order to receive credit.


Classes Begin: Monday 8/25/03 (First day of class: Wednesday 8/27/03)
Add-Drop Ends: Friday 8/29/03
Last Day to Withdraw: Thursday, 10/30/03
Classes End: Friday 12/12/03
(Last regularly scheduled class: Wednesday 12/10/03)
No Class on: Monday 9/1/03 (Labor day), Friday 10/24/03 (All college day),
Tuesday 11/11/03 (Veterans day),
Thursday, Friday 11/27/03-11/28/03 (Thanksgiving day)

Request For Accommodation

If, to participate in this course, you require an accommodation due to a physical disability or learning impairment, you must contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, Dale Mabry campus: Student Services Building (DSTU) Room 204, voice phone: (813) 259–6035,  TTD: (813) 253-7035,  FAX: (813) 253-7336.


Quotes:         Tell me and I'll listen.
Show me and I'll understand.
Involve me and I'll learn.
    - Lakota Indian saying
        Learning is not a spectator sport!     - Chickering & Gamson

Course schedule for CTS 1305

Dates Topics
8/27 Course introduction.  Networking overview (definition, uses, jobs).  Network+ exam objectives, other certifications.
Readings Due:  Chapter 1, Appendix A
9/3 Networking standards organizations.  OSI reference model.  IEEE networking standards.
Readings Due:  Chapter 2
Networking protocols:  TCP/IP and others (IPX/SPX, NetBIOS/NetBEUI, Appletalk, ...).
Readings Due:  Chapter 3
9/24 Signaling and media:  data modulation, analog vs. digital, ...  various cabling types, wireless.  Planning and installing wiring.
Field trip to HCC campus MDF.
Readings Due:  Chapter 4
10/1 Review, EXAM 1
Network topologies, switching, and transmission methods.
Readings Due:  Chapter 5
10/8 Networking hardware:  NICs, repeaters, hubs, bridges, switches, routers and gateways.
Readings Due:  Chapter 6
10/15 WAN technology, remote connectivity (PPP, VPN).
Readings Due:  Chapter 7
10/22 Class Cancelled
10/29 Finish Ch. 7
Comparing common network operating systems:  Windows 2000, Netware, Unix/Linux.
Readings Due:  Chapter 8 (pp. 359-380), skim chapters 8 (pp. 381-424), 9, and 10.  (No quiz or projects for these three chapters)
11/5 TCP/IP details:  addressing, sockets, ports, ...  Common Internet protocols: NAT, DNS, DHCP.  IPv6 addresses.  TCP/IP troubleshooting tools and techniques.
Readings Due:  Chapter 11 (up to page 568)
11/12 Review, EXAM 2
Common Internet services: WWW, SMTP (email), FTP, NNTP (newsgroups),VoIP.
Readings Due:  Chapter 11 (pp. 569-ff)
11/19 Troubleshooting network problems (including broadcast storms).
Network maintenance:  baselining, asset management, change management, software and hardware upgrades.  Virus protection, fault tolerance, backups, disaster recovery.
Readings Due:  Chapters 12, 13, 14
11/26 Network security:  audits, risks, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Readings Due:  Chapter 15
12/3 Network design process, project management.
Readings Due:  Chapter 16
12/10 Exam 3   Covers chapters 7 (VPN, PPP), 8, 11, 12, and 15 only

Class name:   CTS 1305    (Intro to Networking)     Day:  Wednesday   7 PM

Student Information Sheet

Student Name: ________________________

Student ID: ___________________________

Phone (optional):  ______________________

Email (optional):  ______________________

Student Certification Statement

I have read and understand all of the information contained in the syllabus,
and agree to abide by the conditions of this course, especially the following
areas (initial each area):

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		_____  Honesty Policy

		_____  Attendance Policy

		_____  Grading Policy

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Study guide A list of networking terms and concepts discussed in class     3Com Networking Glossary A glossary of hundreds of networking terms
Network address calculator Easily calculate subnet masks and more     RFC Archive RFCs and a search engine
About ping The real story of the ping utility.     RCS-1812 Offical standard for Internet routing and related concepts.
ICANN Home Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers     Supernetting tutorial Short tutorial on CIDR, supernetting.
IANA home Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
(Assigned protocol, AS, and port numbers, TLDs, etc.)
    Network equipment pricing information On-line resouces for Cisco equipment, cables, and more
WHOIS Search Provided by InterNIC (limted information provided).     WHOIS Search Provided by NetworkSolutions (now part of VeriSign).
LAN-Times online magazine Lots of interesting, timely information and links     Wiring closet photo What not to do!
Ethernet and 802 information Many links for IEEE standards (802) and descriptions of Ethernet     OSI Reference Model A GIF illustration of the OSI Ref. Model
www.webopedia.com On-line technical encyclopedia (Search for 802 for instance)     /etc/services file Current list of well-known port numbers
www.whatis.com On-line technical dictionary (Search for voltage for instance)     Media Connectors A GIF version of Appendix C from the text showing common connectors.
WAN Technology Charts Tables of T-carrier, DSL, and SONET characteristics     Qwest Statistics Internet backbone statistics from Qwest.  Also view Monthly packet loss and latency statics.
Internet Mapping Project View pictures of the Internet (12/98 Wired pic, Yugoslavia during the 1999 war)     NAT overview Nice tutorial on NAT
IP Addressing and Binary Math Tutorials Part of LearnTCPIP.com.     hosts Sample hosts file.
DNS RRs Sample DNS Resource Records.     SNMP Tutorial SNMP tutorial from Cisco.
Disaster Recovery Outlines major issues for disaster recovery policies and procedures.     DSLReports.com Great broadband information and availability maps


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