Networking EssentialsCST 160
Prerequisite: CST 133W. May be take concurrently with CST 133W with instructor permission. Explores all aspects of networking technologies, media, topologies, devices, management, tools and security. (30-15)
Outcomes and Objectives
Demonstrate understanding of the functions of common networking protocols.
- Detect the existence of other endpoints or nodes.
- Explain how sessions or connections are started and terminated.
- Illustrate how messages are formatted.
- Explain how corrupted or improperly formatted messages are handled.
- Identify commonly used TCP and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) default ports.
- Evaluate proper use of MAC and IP address formats, addressing technologies, and addressing schemes.
- Explain the purpose and properties of routing.
- Compare the characteristics of wired and wireless communication standards.
Demonstrate understanding of network media and topologies.
- Categorize standard cable types and their properties.
- Identify common connector types.
- Identify common logical and physical network topologies.
- Differentiate between appropriate wiring standards.
- Categorize LAN and WAN technology types and properties.
Demonstrate understanding of network devices.
- Configure, and differentiate between common network devices.
- Identify the functions of specialized network devices.
Demonstrate understanding of network management.
- Explain the function of each layer of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) model.
- Identify types of configuration management documentation.
- Evaluate a network based on configuration management documentation.
- Conduct network monitoring to identify performance and connectivity issues.
- Explain different methods and rationales for network performance optimization.
- Troubleshoot common connectivity issues and select an appropriate solution.
Demonstrate understanding of network tools.
- Use command line interface tools and interpret the outputs.
- Identify the uses of network hardware tools.
- Explain the purpose of network scanners and protocol analyzers.
Demonstrate understanding of network security.
- Explain the function of hardware and software security devices.
- Explain common features of a firewall.
- Explain common methods of network access security.
- Explain common methods of user authentication.
- Explain issues that affect device security.
- Identify common security threats.