Course Content and Outcomes Guides (CCOG)

Course Content and Outcomes Guide for CIS 278 Effective Summer 2020

Course Number:
CIS 278
Course Title:
Data Communication Concepts II
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

Provides in-depth concepts of data communications, and networking. Explores network architectures, complex network designs and network hardware configuration. Includes a close look at network/telephone company interfaces. Includes configuring operating Cisco routers and other data communication equipment in order to build functional networks. Prerequisites: CIS 179, or instructor permission. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Work will principally be done in the laboratory. Students will have the opportunity to configure operating routers and other data communication equipment in order to build functional networks.

Intended Outcomes for the course

On successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Design moderately complex networks using appropriate network and link types.
  • Configure different types of network hardware.
  • Physically construct different types of network cables.

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented by means of:

  • on-campus lectures
  • individual lab assignments
  • group lab assignments.

Students will be required to use essential tools to complete the lab assignments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Build network and other interface cables
  • Draw logical and physical network diagrams
  • Configure network devices
  • Construct networks
  • Test and troubleshoot the constructed networks
  • Demonstrate laboratory proficiency

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Build Cables
    • Work with Unshielded Twisted Pair, coaxial and fiber optic cable to construct network and other interface cables
  • Draw Network Diagrams
    • Students receive a description of a network, then draw a logical diagram of the network.
    • From this diagram and the physical building dimensions, they then draw the physical network including all networking devices and connection points.
  • Configure Network Devices
    • Connect to and configure intelligent repeaters, switches, bridges, and to a lesser extent, routers. 
  • Construct Networks
    • Students receive a description of a network.
    • They assemble network devices, including repeaters, switches, routers and workstations, and assemble them into a working network. 
  • Test and troubleshoot networks
    • Test cables after construction.
    • Test newly constructed networks.
    • The instructor will inject problems and the student will diagnose and correct the problem.
  • Demonstrate laboratory proficiency
    • Students will manipulate network equipment and cabling so as to construct functional networks.
  • Concepts include:
    • Putting networking theory into practice by building cables,
    • Designing and building networks,
    • Configuring network hardware,
    • Testing and troubleshooting active networks.