CRN: 22240

Credits : 4


This course will introduce the students to a broad range of telecommunications concepts covering the wired and wireless environment. This covers the fundamentals of sound, the OSI model, carrier networks, TCP/IP and Internet basics. We will also introduce the concepts of big data and cloud computing along with the growing impact of Voice Over IP (VoIP) in business, personal, and carrier environment. Basic radio and wireless concepts will be introduced. In addition, cyber security and impacts to the wired/wireless networks will be discussed.

Goals and Objectives

·         Understand the seven layers of the OSI model

·         Define and explore Networking, routers, and TCP/IP

·         Explore Broadband and fiber optical cabling, and carrier network design

·         Discuss fundamental radio systems and wireless propagation

·         Provide understanding of current wireless networking techniques

·         Have a basic understanding of big data, cloud computing, and data analytics 

  • TS090C  Academic Skills Seminar

    Course Materials
    Required Books and Materials
    • Other Materials - Practical Soldering Project Kit Elenco Model SP-3B (ISBN: 2005`80801)
    Optional Books and Materials


    Required materials sent to you after the beginning of class
    • Book - The Essential Guide to Telecommunications 5th ED (ISBN: 9780137058914), 5th Edition
    • Lab Kit - AM Radio Kit Model AM-780K (Order from Bookstore only)

    Course Topics
    Network Principles, Protocols, and Topologies  Participation Quiz, Week 1 Quiz, Homework, Answer week one discussion board questions. 
    Carrier networks and overview of the current public switched network  Week 2 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Find devices in your home that use the OSI model. The goal is to get you to think how the OSI model is in use everywhere, not just in the carrier / work / office environment 
    Introduction to broadband and the OSI model / Ethernet  Week 3 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Design a high level small business network. 
    Wide Area Networks  Week 4 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Pick one topic from Chapter Five and write a one-page paper explaining how you see it being applied in either your work or personal environment. 
    The Internet. TCP/IP and high level routing  Week 5 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: write a short one-page paper about the ONE thing in the history of the internet that YOU feel was the defining moment for the growth of the internet. 
    Security Threats  Proctored Midterm Exam 
    Enabling technologies  Week 7 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Of all the Enabling Technologies in Chapter One and the lecture, select the ONE that you feel has had the greatest impact on telecommunications and write a paper explaining. Continue kit assembly. 
    Cloud Computing and Big Data  Week 8 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Write a paper discussion how Big Data may be impacting your life. This could be a good impact or bad impact (or both!). Continue kit assembly. 
    Data Centers  Week 9 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Continue kit assembly. 
    10  Voice over IP (VoiP) and IP PBX  Week 10 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Continue kit assembly. Imagine you are an engineer and your boss asks you to "create" a new solution to solve the problem of reaching potential new students who want to learn but live in very remote areas. What technologies would you use? 
    11  Introduction to Cyber Security Elements  Week 11 Quiz, Discussion board participation. Homework: Finish kit assembly. Summarize what you have learned over these past weeks. That's a tall order but it is valuable to think back and recall those key points that made an impact in your mind. 
    12  Final Exam and term paper due  Proctored Final Exam 

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    Proctor Information

    Please note that this course requires a proctor. Specific details are provided under the COURSE INFORMATION section in each Blackboard course.


    NACTEL:  You can read more about the proctoring program and steps needed to obtain an approved proctor by clicking on this link:  Proctoring Program.


    iPace:  You will use an online proctoring service called ProctorU, whereby you’ll be able to take your proctored exams from home. You will not need to physically go somewhere to take your online exams. Under the Course Information section of your Blackboard course you will find more information on this service and what you need to do to set up your account if you have not done so previous

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