Course Summary
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41 hours
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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 computer networks


The course objective is to provide a detailed introduction to the basic hardware and software, architectural components for computer communications in local area networks. The components that are focused upon include understanding the basics of computer networks, switching, routing, protocols and security.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe the architecture of a computer network and explain how each device in a network communicates with each other
  • describe the basic network protocols in each layer of a transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) stack and compare with its counterpart Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) layer
  • classify and configure Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, explain their purpose, and use them in complex computer networks
  • illustrate the use of subnetting and supernetting and use the technique to divide a large network into smaller logical subnetworks
  • describe and compare the different link layer access mechanisms, protocols, and technologies
  • describe and compare the different link layer access mechanisms, protocols, and technologies
  • list, describe, and compare application layer protocols
  • apply network techniques to create wide area networks

General Course Topics:

  • Networking fundamentals
  • The basics of protocols
  • The application layer
  • The transport layer (TCP/UDP)
  • The network layer
  • The link layer
  • Multimedia, security, and cloud computation over the internet
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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