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Cisco Network Fundamentals

Course NumberCST 161
Lab Hours15
Lecture Hours30
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: CST 133W. It is recommended that CST 160 be taken concurrently. Explains concepts, architectures, standards, protocols, designs and media of data communications and network technology. (30-15)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of networking.
  1. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of networking.
  2. Explain the difference between peer-to-peer and server-based networks.
  3. Discuss how businesses use networks.
  4. Explain packet-switching and virtual circuits.

Demonstrate understanding of network architectures.
  1. Explain the different network architectures.
  2. Discuss the differences between local area networks and wide area networks.

Demonstrate understanding of network standards.
  1. List and explain the necessary components for communication over a network.
  2. Explain the OSI 7-Layer Model of networking standards.
  3. Explain the function of each of the layers of the OSI model.

Demonstrate understanding of network protocols.
  1. Explain how TCP/IP works.
  2. Examine the other protocols in the TCP/IP suite.
  3. Explain IP addressing.
  4. Explain subnetting.
  5. Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks.

Demonstrate understanding of network designs.
  1. Explain the different topologies.
  2. Explain how to configure and test your network.
  3. Employ basic cabling and network designs to connect devices.

Demonstrate understanding of network media and devices.
  1. Explain the differences between cables.
  2. Explain the different categories of twisted-pair cable.
  3. Discuss wired versus wireless networks.
  4. Examine and discuss other network hardware, like hubs, routers, and switches.
  5. Explain different network interface card options.
  6. Build a simple network using routers and switches.

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