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Credits: 4

Description

This is the second course in a sequence of four that covers the field of telecommunications. Concentration will be on transmission and data communications. Students will be studying the electromagnetic spectrum, network models and standards, signals, decibels, modulation and transmission media. The course will also cover the study of data communications, LANs, LAN switching, the Internet and the World Wide Web. In addition, a study of wireless transmission, cellular telephony, satellite communications and an introduction to IP routing and routing protocols will be included.


Goals and Objectives

Week 1:  Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications

Learning Objectives

 

·         Define the basic terminology of computer networks

·         Recognize the individual components of the big picture of computer networks

·         Outline the basic networks

·         Cite the reasons for using a network model and explain how they apply to current network systems

·         List the layers of the TCP/IP protocol suite and describe the duties of each layer

·         List the layers of the OSI model and describe the duties of each layer

·         Compare the OSI and TCP/IP models and list their differences and similarities

 

Week 2:  Fundamentals of Data and Signals

Learning Objectives

 

               Distinguish between data and signals and cite the advantages of digital data and signals over analog data and signals

               Identify the three basic components of a signal as amplitude, frequency, and phase

               Discuss the bandwidth of a signal and how it relates to data transfer speed

               Identify signal strength and attenuation and how they are related

               Outline the basic characteristics of transmitting digital data with digital signals, analog data with digital signals, digital data with analog signals, and analog data with analog signals

               List and be able to draw diagrams of the basic digital encoding techniques, including the advantages and disadvantages of each

               Identify the different shift keying techniques and describe their advantages, disadvantages, and uses

               Identify the two most common digitization techniques, pulse code modulation and delta modulation, and describe their advantages and disadvantages

               Identify the different data codes and how they are used in communication systems

 

 

 

 

Week 3:  Conducted and Wireless Media

Learning Objectives

 

·         Outline the characteristics of twisted pair wire including the advantages and disadvantages and the differences between Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5e, 6, and 7 twisted pair wire.

·         Describe when shielded twisted pair wire works better than unshielded twisted pair wire.

·         Outline the characteristics of coaxial cable including the advantages and disadvantages.

·         Outline the characteristics of fiber optic cable including the advantages and disadvantages.

·         Outline the characteristics of terrestrial microwave systems including the advantages and disadvantages.

·         Outline the characteristics of satellite microwave systems including the advantages and disadvantages and including the differences between low earth orbit, middle earth orbit, and geosynchronous earth orbit satellites.

·         Describe the basics of cellular telephones, including all the current generations of cellular systems.

·         Outline the characteristics of short-range transmissions, including Bluetooth.

·         Outline the characteristics of broadband wireless systems including the advantages and disadvantages.

·         Apply the media selection criteria of cost, speed, distance and expandability, environment, and security to various media in a particular application.

 

Week 4:  Making Connections

Learning Objectives

 

·         List the four components of all interface standards

·         Discuss the basic operations of the EIA-232F and USB interface standard

·         Recognize the difference between half-duplex and full-duplex connections

·         Cite the advantages of FireWire, Thunderbolt, Universal Serial Bus, SCSI, iSCSI, InfiniBand, and Fibre Channel interface standards

·         Outline the characteristics of asynchronous, synchronous, and isochronous data link interfaces

·         Identify the operating characteristics of terminal to mainframe connections and why they are unique from other types of computer connections

 

Week 5:  Multiplexing and Compression

Learning Objectives

 

·         Describe frequency division multiplexing and list its applications, advantages, and disadvantages

·         Describe synchronous time division multiplexing and list its applications, advantages, and disadvantages

·         Outline the basic multiplexing characteristics of both T-1, ISDN, and SONET systems

·         Describe statistical time division multiplexing and list its applications, advantages, and disadvantages

·         Cite the main characteristics of wavelength division multiplexing and its advantages and disadvantages

·         Describe the basic characteristics of discrete multitone.

·         Cite the main characteristics of code-division multiplexing and its advantages and disadvantages.

·         Apply a multiplexing technique to an example business situation

·         Define the difference between lossy and lossless compression schemes

·         Describe the basic operation of run-length, JPEG, and MP3 compressio

Week 6: Midterm

 

Week 7: Error, Error Detection, and Error Control

Learning Objectives

 

·         Identify the different types of noise commonly found in computer networks

·         Specify the different error prevention techniques and be able to apply an error prevention technique to a type of noise

·         Compare the different error detection techniques in terms of efficiency and efficacy

·         Perform simple parity and longitudinal parity calculations and enumerate their strengths and weaknesses

·         Cite the advantages of cyclic redundancy checksum and specify what types of errors cyclic redundancy checksum will detect

·         Cite the advantages of arithmetic checksum, and specify what types of applications use arithmetic checksum.

·         Differentiate the basic forms of error control and describe under what circumstances each may be used

·         Follow an example of a Hamming self-correcting code

 

 

Week 8:  Local Area Networks Part 1

Learning Objectives

 

·         State the definition of a local area network.

·         List the primary function, activities, and application areas of a local area network.

·         Cite the advantages and disadvantages of local area networks.

·         Identify the physical and logical local area networks.

·         Specify the different medium access control techniques.

·         Recognize the different IEEE 802 frame formats.

·         Describe the common wired local area network systems.

 

Week 9: Local Area Networks Part II

Learning Objectives

 

·         List the basic components of a wireless local area network

·         Identify the main functions of operating systems and network operating systems and distinguish between the two.

·         Identify the basic features of past and present network operating systems, including Novell NetWare/OES, Windows Server, Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X Server network operating systems.

·         Recognize the importance of the network server and the different types of network servers available.

·         Identify the different levels of RAID

·         Identify common examples of network utility software and Internet software.

·         Enumerate the various components of software licenses.

·         Identify the different types of support devices commonly found on local area networks.

 

Week 10: Introduction to Metropolitan Area Networks and Wide Area Networks

Learning Objectives

 

·         Distinguish local area networks, metropolitan area networks, and wide area networks from each other.

·         Identify the characteristics of metropolitan area networks and explain how they compare and contrast with wide area and local area networks.

·         Describe how circuit switched, datagram packet switched, and virtual circuit packet switched networks work.

·         Identify the differences between a connectionless network and a connection-oriented network and give an example of each.

·         Describe the differences between centralized routing and distributed routing, citing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

·         Describe the differences between static routing and adaptive routing, citing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

·         Document the main characteristics of flooding and use hop count and hop limit in a simple example.

·         Discuss the basic concepts of network congestion including quality of service.

 

Week 11: The Internet

Learning Objectives

 

·         Discuss the responsibilities of the Internet Protocol (IP) and how IP can be used to create a connection between networks.

·         Discuss the responsibilities of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and how it can be used to create a reliable end-to-end network connection.

 
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