Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Networking Fundamentals

CIT 20200 / 3 Cr.

Students will gain hands on experience installing and configuring local area networks, troubleshooting hardware and software issues, and creating network documentation. Students will explore topics including network performance, network management, and network security.


Course Outcomes (What are these?)

  • Understand network protocols and standards.  (CIT a)
  • Explain the purpose of the OSI & TCP/IP model layers.  (CIT c)
  • Compare the layers of the OSI & TCP/IP models.  (CIT a, c)
  • Understand transmission methods, media and structured cabling.  (CIT c)
  • Describe the purpose and characteristics of network hardware components.  (CIT c, f)
  • Apply network types to business needs.  (CIT b, f, j)
  • Describe methods of ensuring data integrity, availability and fault tolerance. (CIT f, j)
  • Explain how network security contributes to data integrity and availability. (CIT c, f)
  • Employ appropriate troubleshooting tools and methodology. (CIT j)

CIT Student Outcomes (What are these?)

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the program’s student outcomes and to the discipline.

(b) An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing and business requirements appropriate to its solution.

(c) An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs.

(f) Communicate effectively

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies.

  • Careers in Networking
  • OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Types of Networks
  • Small/Medium Sized Business Needs
  • Transmission Media and Topologies
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Data Integrity and Performance
  • TCP/IP Suite and IP Addressing
  • Ethernet Standards
  • Wireless Technology
  • Broadband Technologies
  • Information Security
  • Troubleshooting Tools and Methodology
What You Will Learn

Careers in Networking

  • Explain careers in networking.
  • Develop soft skills.

OSI and TCP/IP Models

  • Explain the purpose of the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  • Memorize the layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models
  • Describe the layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models.
  • Explain why standards are important.

Types of Networks

  • Describe peer-to-peer networks.
  • Describe client/server networks.
  • Compare LANs, MANs and WANs.

Small/Medium Sized Business Needs

  • Discuss the roles that technology plays in the medium and small business.
  • Explain telecommuting as it relates to the small and medium sized business.
  • Discuss the critical nature of technology as it relates to the small and medium sized business.

Transmission Media and Topologies

  • Explain analog and digital transmissions.
  • Explain baseband and broadband techniques.
  • Discuss the problems with transmissions.
  • Explain structured cabling.
  • Terminate and troubleshoot cabling.
  • Explain switching
  • Configure switches.
  • Describe LAN, WAN and wireless network topologies.

Network Infrastructure

  • Explain network hardware components.
  • Connect network hardware components
  • Troubleshoot network hardware components.
  • Differentiate between network hardware components.

Data Integrity and Performance

  • Define data integrity and availability.
  • Describe malware types, characteristics and mitigation techniques.
  • Describe methods to increase fault tolerance.
  • Develop data backup strategies.
  • Explain the components of disaster recovery.

TCP/IP Suite and IP Addressing

  • Understand TCP/IP core protocols.
  • Understand IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Explain DHCP and DNS.

Ethernet Standards

  • Describe common Ethernet standards.
  • Understand the Ethernet access method.
  • Compare broadcast domain and collision domain.

Wireless Technology

  • Compare WLAN Architectures.
  • Differentiate between common WLAN standards.
  • Understand the characteristics of wireless transmission.
  • Describe the WLAN access method.
  • Understand wireless WAN technologies.

Broadband Technologies

  • Understand broadband transmission methods and equipment.
  • Compare broadband transmission characteristics.

Information Security

  • Identify risks to network security
  • Describe the role of policy in network security.
  • Understand how network design can contribute to network security.
  • Compare encryption methods and protocols.
  • Describe authentication protocols.
  • Understand wireless security standards.

Troubleshooting Tools and Methodology

  • Implement proper troubleshooting methodology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of troubleshooting tools.