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CET1487C Network+
Course Syllabus



Courses: CET1487C and EEV0701
Instructor: Prof. Brian Robinson

Office Hours: After class in 6359
Department Office:Room 6306
Department Telephone: (305)237-2226



Course Description:This course is a hands-on course designed to provide the student with a solid conceptual understanding and practical experience of installing, maintaining and repairing microcomputer networks. Emphasis will be on a peer-to-peer network. Students will configure multiple types of network cabling, hubs, network interface cards, and workstations, and network operating systems software and hardware tools will be used and evaluated in class. Preventative maintenance, upgrades, system diagnostics, configuration, power protection, and the management, sharing and optimization of workstation resources such as drives, printers and output devices will be examined in detail.

Coverage: Students will learn the concepts and terminology of computer networking including: networking paradigms, physical scopes, physical and logical topologies, and the associated engineering aspects of implementing all of these phases of networks. The student will become thoroughly familiar with the ISO OSI model including all layers and their implementation in legacy and modern networks. The student will install and configure Ethernet equipment including: network interface cards, UTP cabling, hubs, switches, and bridges. The students will learn the structure, function, implementation and configuration of the following protocol suites: NetBEUI and TCP/IP. Students will learn to install network support for DOS, Win9x, Windows NT/2000/XP. The student will learn how to attach and configure these workstations into peer-to-peer networks.

Course Skills & Objectives: Students shall learn the general concepts of computer networking including the ISO OSI model; how to install and configure network support for MS-DOS, Windows 9x/ME, and Windows NT/2000/XP; perform maintenance and servicing of networked computers; develop troubleshooting skills; learn to use tools and software; download drivers and obtain technical support on the Internet; complete a Technical Notebook.

Textbook: Network+ Guide to Networks, 4th Ed. by Tamara Dean

Recommended reading:
Windows 98 Networking, 1st Ed. by Brad Shimmin and Steve Klingler
    ISBN: 0078825512

Required: Toolkit; Anti-static (ESD) wrist strap; 10 diskettes; blank CDR; email account; and 3-Ring Notebook with 8+ dividers and storage for CDROMs and diskettes.

Technical Notebook: Students are required to compile a Technical Notebook containing DOS and Windows boot diskettes; tool list; computers and network hardware data sheets; ISO OSI Model; individual layers concepts; individual layers implementations and specifications; network implementation and installation guidelines; and a Glossary.

Grading Scale: Grades are based upon the following: A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=59% and below

PSAV Students: Students enrolled in EEV 0701 are required to complete 35 hours of additional computer assignments and exercises in the Campus Computer Courtyard, the Homestead Workshop, or at an approved alternate location. Assignments shall constitute 5% of the total grade.

Class Grade Computation: The final grade for the class will be based on the following:
    3 pts/week X 16 weeks = 48 + 2 free points = Worth up to 50 points
    Pop quiz scores may be included in the attendance grade.
FINAL EXAM Part #1 (Written): Network Concepts and Terminology
    Basic Networking concepts including: Network paradigms, Physical scopes,
    Physical and logical topologies, and the ISO OSI model
Worth 25 pts
FINAL EXAM Part #2 (Practical): Technical Skills
    Installation and configuration of physical layer components, including
      NICs, cables, hubs, switches and bridges
    Installation and configuration of Windows 98 peer-to-peer networking.
Worth 25 pts
LAB NOTEBOOK: Extra credit Worth up to 5 pts
EXTRA CREDIT ASSIGNMENT: Report on approved topic. Worth up to 5 pts
TOTAL: 110 pts

Course Policy:
I. Attendance: Lectures and labs contain material which is not contained in the textbook so class attendance is required. Students who miss more than Three (3) classes without prior arrangement with the professor will be dropped one (1) grade letter or may be purged from class.

II. Grades: College policy for dropping a course is followed: if you do not drop a failing course, you will receive an F instead of a W. To receive an Incomplete instead of an F, a student must (a) have an acceptable excuse; (b) be passing the Course; (c) make written arrangements prior to the Final Exam; and (d) complete the missing work outside of class (an Incomplete does not entitle the Student to re-take the course).

III. Conduct: Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and professionally, to participate in lab work and class discussions, complete the Reading Assignments, and assist classmates with acquiring skills.

IV. Electronic Communication: All forms of electronic communication devices must be turned OFF prior to the start of each class. Interruptions caused by cellular telephones or beepers are considered obnoxious and will not be tolerated at all. The first infraction will result in an immediate loss of 10pts = 1 LETTER GRADE. Repeated infractions will result in a meeting with the department chairperson or Dean for the purposes of expulsion from the class.