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2016-2017 Catalog 
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CTS 110 - Network Essentials

4 credit hours - Four hours of lecture and directed laboratory weekly; one term.
(formerly CSI 132 - Network Essentials)

Learn the fundamental building blocks that form a modern network including protocols, topologies, hardware and network operating systems. Develop the networking knowledge and skills related to TCP/IP, Ethernet, and wireless transmission and security. Learn to maintain and troubleshoot existing local area networks. This course addresses the core material of the CompTIA Network+ exam objectives. Lab fee $40.

Prerequisite(s): CTA 103   or both CTS 103  and CTS 203  .

Note: CTS 103  and CTS 203  may be taken concurrently with CTS 110 with permission of the Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics department chair.

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the concepts of a network, the functions of common networking equipment and how it relates to the layers of the OSI model.
    • Identify a Local Area Network
    • Identify physical network topologies
    • Explain the functions of the layers of the OSI model
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different network media, connectors, cable properties, and wiring standards.
    • Install a NIC
    • Use appropriate connectors for different media
    • Connect network equipment using correct network cables according to their properties
    • Understand half- and full-duplex
    • Convert decimal to binary and hexadecimal notation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of networking devices and other specialized devices.
    • Install a switch and connect with other networking devices
    • Connect a router to a switch
    • Install a workstation and connect to a server through a patch panel
    • Explain the use of a firewall
    • Explain the function of a DHCP server and Proxy server
  • Identify the IP addressing scheme, broadcasts, unicasts, and subnetting.
    • Explain Class A, Class B, and Class C addressing
    • Create subnet masks
    • Explain the advantages of subnetting
    • Create subnets for Class A, Class B, and Class C addresses
    • Troubleshoot IP addressing problems
    • Create valid IPv4 and IPv6 addressees
  • Identify routing protocols, router convergence, and how data moves through a network including the use of routers, and switches
    • Explain the routing process
    • Install routing protocols
    • Create network packets as they move through routers
    • Explain the advantages of using RIP, RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP
    • Identify IPv6 routing protocols
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Switching, VLANs, STP, PoE, and port mirroring.
    • Configure a switch to create a VLAN
    • Explain switching functions
    • Understanding the use of Spanning Tree Protocol and convergence
    • Install power over Ethernet devices
    • Use port mirroring
  • Describe wireless standards, wireless security, and wireless network components.
    • Compare the 802.11 a, b, g, n Standards
    • Install and configure wireless devices
    • Create ad hoc wireless networks
    • Configure security on wireless devices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of authentication, network threats and mitigation, and physical and hardware security.
    • Create and manage User Accounts and Passwords
    • Explain the use of single sing-on
    • Explain multifactor authentication
    • Recognize and protect against network threats
    • Create policies and procedures
    • Install network-based firewalls
    • Install and configure host-based firewalls
    • Configure network scanning devices
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a Wide Area Network and WAN connection types.
    • Explain different WAN connections
    • Explain DSL technology
    • Understand ISDN, Frame Relay, and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
  • Identify hardware, software, network management and optimization tools.
    • Configure and use protocol analyzers
    • Use command line tools to troubleshoot IP addressing, ARP
    • Use command line tools to track a packet on the Internet
    • Use intrusion detection and prevention software
    • Create network logs
    • Understand the use of network management tools to optimize performance
    • Understand network schematics and diagrams
    • Understand network baselines
    • Understand policies, procedures, and regulations
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 2 Technology Fluency Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking