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CNT 52 / CIS 66 Network Fundamentals


CNT 52 / CIS 66 Network Fundamentals
3.00 Units

This course provides an introduction to computer networking fundamentals skills needed to meet the industry demand for entry-level Network Technicians. Topics include: Ethernet network fundamentals, Local Area Networks (LANs), and Wide Area Networks (WAN) technologies, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, wiring implementations, network adapters and connectivity devices, IPv4/IPv6 addressing, Voice over IP (VoIP), and wireless standards. Tools to help prevent cyberattacks with IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems), authentication, and encryption are demonstrated. Student labs include: configuration of a SOHO (Small Office/Home Office), a firewall, a virtual private network (VPN), a switch, and a router and documenting a networking using professional drawing software. The responsibilities of an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) professional will be introduced. This course prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam. This professional certification verifies the student has the knowledge equivalent to that of an ICT technician with about 12 months of hands-on experience.


Strongly recommended: Computer Information Systems 50.
College: Las Positas College


Start and End Date
Aug 16, 2017
Dec 19, 2017


Important Dates

Day and Time
Tuesdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM


Book (Required Text)
Testout Network Pro N10-005 ISBN 978-1-935080-43-5
Ordering TestOut LabSims

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Set up a home or business network

Measurable Objectives

  • list and explain the layers of the OSI model and the TCP/IP Stack and

  • describe the roles of protocol layers in data networks

  • describe and differentiate the devices, protocols, and services used to

  • support communications in data networks and the Internet

  • calculate both IPv4 and IP6 subnets, and segment a large network into smaller parts

  • evaluate the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments

  • design and assemble  an Ethernet network and a wireless network, including routers, switches, and cables

  • explain Ethernet topologies, and relevant IEEE hardware and software specifications

  • describe the major functions of LAN hardware protocols such as Ethernet; and WAN protocols such as T-series, DSL, ATM, and Frame Relay

  • build a router and switch topology; and configure the devices to communicate with computers

  • compose CISCO command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configuration

  • identify the responsibilities of a LAN system administrator

  • draw typical network diagrams, using software tools such as Microsoft Visio

  • monitor the network activity using monitoring tools to view packets and analyze traffic

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1 Introductions

  • Lesson 2 Network Basics

  • Lesson 3 Cables and Connectors

  • Lesson 4 Network Devices

  • Lesson 5 IP Configuration

  • Lesson 6 Switch Management

  • Lesson 7 Routing

  • Lesson 8 Firewalls

  • Lesson 9 Network Customization

  • Lesson 10 Wireless Networking

  • Lesson 11 Wide Area Networks

  • Lesson 12 Network Policies and Procedures

  • Lesson 13 Network Security

  • Lesson 14 Network Hardening

  • Lesson 15 Network Management

  • Lesson 16 Network Optimization

Syllabus subject to change on notification by instructor.  If you have any questions about this syllabus contact your instructor.


You homework for this course is completing quizzes for each module in the TestOut course material.  When you see the class listed on your home screen once you long on to TestOut, will have a link under available exams.  See the graphic below.

  • Each module has a corresponding quiz.

  • You will need to complete each of the quizzes.

  • All quizzes are due on the last day of class.  

  • The questions all come from questions that are in the modules.

  • You can take the quizzes as many times as you want.  I will only grade the highest scores.

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