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Networking Essentials

CST 160

Networking Essentials

CST 160

Course Description

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • Configure, and differentiate between common network devices.
  • Identify the functions of specialized network devices.

Demonstrate understanding of network management.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Objectives:

  • 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.