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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 410
Course Title: Computer Networks and Communications
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Network architecture and the OSI model. Physical protocols for data transmission and error detection/correction, data link concepts, LAN protocols, internetworking, end-to-end service and security considerations. Prerequisite: CISS 350.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CISS 350.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Data and Computer Communications
By Stallings, W. (Prentice Hall)
Communications and Networking
By Forouzan, B.A. (McGraw Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To understand data transmission issues and techniques.
  • To develop a foundation in the operation of the OSI model and other current protocols and architectures.
  • To describe issues pertinent to wide and local area networks.
  • To learn the Internet architecture and protocols.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the OSI and TCP/IP protocols.
  • Compare various transmission media such as guided and wireless.
  • Compare data encoding schemes.
  • Discuss synchronous and asynchronous transmission.
  • Explain data link control.
  • Explain multiplexing techniques and circuit switching issues.
  • Compare WAN and LAN technologies.
  • Evaluate Internet protocols.
    Topical Outline:
  • Protocols and architectures
  • Data transmission and media
  • Data encoding
  • Synchronous and asynchronous transmission
  • Data link control
  • Multiplexing
  • Circuit switching
  • Packet switching
  • ATM and frame relay
  • Congestion control
  • LAN and WAN design
  • Internet protocols

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Lawrence West Date: September 12, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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