NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
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Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-312   Topics in Information Technology
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC 311 Fundamentals of Networking
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This is an intermediate-level course for students who are interested in Networking. This course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills that an effective network administrator must possess. It provides an overview of the essential TCP/IP protocols, and discusses how to properly configure and manage the network services based on these protocols (including DNS, DHCP, AD/LDAP directory services, print and file servers, NFS/NIS, and routing services). It also has a hands-on lab component for students to learn how to setup, configure, troubleshoot, and administer these network services in both Windows and Linux/Solaris environments.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Required Items:
  • "Windows Server 2003 Network Administration", by Craig Hunt, O’Reilly, 2005, ISBN: 0596008007;
  • "TCP/IP Network Administration", 3rd Edition, by Craig Hunt, O’Reilly, 2002, ISBN: 0596002971.
  • Reference and Supplementary Items:
  • "TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows", 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 an elective course for the BS.ITE Information Technology curriculum. It is designed as an intermediate-level course for students who are interested in Networking. Given the role of the Networking professional to select, design, deploy, integrate, and administer network and communication infrastructures in an organization, an effective network administrator must possess the knowledge and skills to properly design, configure, and manage an ever increasingly complex list of essential network services in a more and more divergent and heterogeneous enterprise network and computing environment. This course will introduce students to the complexity of network administration, and provide them with comprehensive hands-on learning opportunities to build a solid foundation in the Networking field.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • To introduce students to a wide spectrum of TCP/IP based network services that are essential building blocks for networks and communication infrastructures.
  • To enable students to gain essential knowledge and skills in configuring and managing the essential network services in a complex, heterogeneous environment.

  • Measureable Objectives:
    By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the concepts of IP addressing, subnetting, routing, and Internet routing architecture.
  • Design basic IP addressing, subnetting, and routing structure for a small, simple network.
  • Describe the methods and protocols used for address resolution, and domain name systems.
  • Explain the methods and protocols used for dynamic configuration, and DHCP.
  • Perform basic TCP/IP network device configuration on Windows and Linux/Solaris platforms using the ipconfig and ifconfig commands, respectively.
  • Plan, install, and configure a DNS server on Windows and Linux/Solaris platforms.
  • Plan, install, configure, and manage DHCP services on Windows and Linux/Solaris platforms.
  • Describe the concepts of directory services such as Active Directory and LDAP.
  • Plan, install, configure, and manage directory services on Windows and Linux/Solaris platforms.
  • Explain the methods and protocols used for network file systems, domains, and print/file sharing.
  • Configure and manage NFS, NIS, Domains, Print/File Servers on Windows and Linux/Solaris platforms.
  • Configure basic routing services including static routing, default routes, and RIP routing protocol.
  • Capture and analyze network traffic to troubleshoot and isolate network connectivity problems.
  • Use tools and a systematic approach to troubleshoot and correct network configuration problems.

COURSE OUTLINE

WK TOPIC
READING ASSIGNMENT
1
Review of TCP/IP
Text1 (Ch. 1 & 2)
2
Overview of Network Services – Windows
Text1 (Ch. 3)
3
Overview of Network Services – Linux/Solaris
Planning for Network Services
Text2 (Ch. 3 & 4)
4
Basic TCP/IP Configuration – Windows, Linux/Solaris
Text1 (Ch. 4)
Text2 (Ch. 5 & 6)
5
DNS Services - Windows
Text1 (Ch. 6)
6
DNS Services – Linux/Solaris
Text2 (Ch. 8)
7
Review and Labs
8
DHCP Services - Windows
Text1 (Ch. 5)
9
DHCP Services – Linux/Solaris
Text2 (Ch. 9)
10
Directory Services – Windows Active Directory
Text1 (Ch. 7)
11
Windows Domain Service, Print/File Server
Text1 (Ch. 7)
12
Network File Systems, Print/File Server – Linux/Solaris
Text2 (Ch. 9)
13
Routing Services – Linux/Solaris
Text2 (Ch 7)
14
Troubleshooting TCP/IP
Text1 (Ch. 14)
Text2 (Ch. 13)
15
Review and Labs

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

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

Mid-Term Exam
20%
Final Exam (Comprehensive)
20%
Windows Lab Project
15%
Linux/Solaris Lab Project
15%
Quizzes, Labs & Homework Assignments
20%
Attendance & Class Participation
10%


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-
and below 60%
F

Late homework or lab assignments may be accepted but have general penalties of typical 10% of the total points for each day late. There will be no make-up exams. However, justified absences can be excused from grade evaluations. Incomplete grade may be permitted with university allowable or justifiable excuses.

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 (pdf).

E-Mail Policy:
Students are expected to check their NSU-email accounts regularly for correspondence from the university. Consult the NSU Student Handbook (pdf) on NSU's policy regarding student conduct such as attendance, illness, off-campus trips, and grade appeals, etc. by going to https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
    Writing
  • (required in the form of written lab reports and homework assignments)
  • Information Technology Literacy (required in operating computers, network devices, and tools to capture network traffic, install, configure and troubleshoot networks and network services)
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • (required in designing the network addressing and network services structure, and evaluating the functional/performance impact/feasibility of the design)
  • Critical Thinking
  • (required in both disposition and skills to be systematic, analytical, inquisitive, confident in reasoning, prudent in making judgments, and able to gather and assess relevant information)
  • Other Competencies or Requirements
  • (problem-solving skills required for planning, configuring, administering, and troubleshooting network services of intermediate-level complexity)
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.