NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
Office:: (757) 823-9454     Fax: (757) 823-9229
Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
ITE-311   Fundamentals of Networking
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
ITE-111 IT Principles I
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an introductory course that covers the basics of how networks work, including the topics of OSI model, Internet model, network components, LANs, WANs, routers, switches, wireless communication, network security, TCP/IP Internet protocols, and network applications such as web and email. It also covers the fundamental aspects of configuring and troubleshooting network features on a Windows or UNIX workstation.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Required Items:
  • The Art of Computer Networking", by Russell Bradford, Prentice-Hall, 2007, ISBN: 0321306767
  • Course handouts on certain subjects not covered by the textbook

  • Reference and Supplementary Items:
  • “Introduction to TCP/IP", by Microsoft Corp., Sep. 1998, available on www.microsoft.com
  • “TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows, Chapter 1 – Introduction to TCP/IP", by Microsoft Corp., Apr. 2007, available on www.microsoft.com.

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This is a required course for the BS.CSC Applied Computing curriculum. It is designed to cover the introductory core body of knowledge in Networking as specified in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) recommendation for baccalaureate Information Technology curriculum (October 2005). Virtually all IT applications involve networking. It is the role of the IT professional to select, design, deploy, integrate, and administer network and communication infrastructures in an organization. This course provides an overview of networking technologies, solutions, and applications.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • introduce students to the fundamental concepts, principles, technologies, architectures, protocols, solutions, and applications that form the essential building blocks for networks and communication infrastructures.
  • To enable students to gain basic knowledge and skills in the troubleshooting and administration of simple networks.

  • Measureable Objectives:
  • Describe the functions and capabilities required for communicating data reliably and economically.
  • Explain the two fundamental communication technologies, circuit switching and packet switching.
  • Explain the performance requirements and analysis parameters for packet switching.
  • Explain the importance and benefits of protocols and protocol architectures.
  • Describe the protocol architecture and functions of the seven-layer OSI model.
  • Describe the protocol architecture and functions of the Internet TCP/IP model.
  • Explain the protocols and operations of key Internet applications such as World Wide Web, file transfer, email, and DNS.
  • Describe the basics of TCP/IP protocols, and how they are implemented in a host system such as Windows, including IP addressing, routing table, and name resolution.
  • Explain the key LAN/WAN technologies and systems such as routers, switches, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.
  • Describe the protocols and techniques used for network security, such as firewall, intrusion detection, encryption, and VPN.
  • Capture and analyze network traffic to identify the information exchanged by various communication protocols at multiple layers.
  • basic network administration, configuration, and troubleshooting tasks.

COURSE OUTLINE

DATE TOPIC READING ASSIGNMENT
WEEK 1 Introduction Chapter 1
WEEK 2 Layering Models Chapter 2
WEEK 3 Physical Link and Link Layers 1: Ethernet Chapter 3
WEEK 4 Physical Link and Link Layers 2: Going Further Chapter 4
WEEK 5 Physical Link and Link Layers 3: Wireless & Beyond Chapter 5
WEEK 6 Internet/Network Layer: IP Chapter 6
WEEK 7 Routing IP Chapter 7
WEEK 8 Review and Labs  
WEEK 9 Domain Name System Chapter 8
WEEK 10 Transport Layer Chapter 9
WEEK 11 TCP Strategies Chapter 10
WEEK 12 Presentation Layer Chapter 11
WEEK 13 Application Layer Chapter 12
WEEK 14 Issues of Security Chapter 13
WEEK 15 Review and Labs  

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

This course is mainly lecture-based in the classroom. The classroom is equipped with desktop machines. Students can use these machines and the ones provided in general purpose labs to do the hands-on projects and assignments. The students will be given a series of homework and/or quizzes to demonstrate their continuous engagement in the course material.

GRADING STANDARDS

90% or above A
89-85% A-
84-81% B+
80% B
79-76% B-
75-73% C+
72-70% C
69-66% C-
65-64% D+
63-62% D
61-60% D-
Below 60% F
  • Incomplete grade may be permitted with university allowable or justifiable excuses.
  • Extra credit for up to 10% may be given for attendance and classroom interaction above the 100% earnable points. When a student earns extra points in class interaction, the instructor may require the student to send him an email about the extra points earned that same day to be counted.
  • In exceptional cases, a project may be done to replace one exam as long as it does not result in a student missing learning of any part of the syllabus.
  • The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

Students are expected to adhere to the university's standard of conduct and the ACM Code of Ethics (http://www.acm.org/constitution/code.html). Honor code violations and ethical standards are enforced as in the Student Handbook.

EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT METHODS

There will be several tests. Home assignments will be to prepare for the tests. All or less tests (best scores) will be used for final grading.

SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.