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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 302
Course Title: Business Data Communications and Networking
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course is an introduction to business computer networking. Topics include: network architecture with layered models;  network technologies with LAN, MAN and WAN; network security, design and management. Prerequisites: CISS 170/176 and junior standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CISS 170/176 and junior standing.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional offering.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most recent edition of the following:

Business Data Communications and Networking
By Fitzgerald (Wiley)
Business Data Networks and Telecommunications
By Panko and Panko (Prentice Hall)
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach
By Kurose and Ross (Addison Wesley)
Course Objectives
  • To provide students with a solid background in the basics of computer networking.
  • To understand Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model.
  • To understand common network standards.
Measurable Learning
  • Explain networks with layered models.
  • Explain network standards, security, design and management.
  • Identify different types of networks.
  • Explain security management.
  • Explain TCP/IP internetworking.
  • Examine wireless communications and their security.
  • Examine networked applications technology.
  • Apply concepts learned to real world situations.
Topical Outline:
  • Types of networks
  • Standards and protocols
  • Message syntax, semantics, and order
  • HTTP, TCP, UDP, IP and Ethernet
  • Physical layer propagation
  • LAN, WAN and MAN
  • 802.11 AND WiMAX
  • Network security
  • Network management
  • IP Subnet planning, NAT, DNS, DHCP, and SNMP
  • SSL/TLS, IPsec, VPN, and IP carrier services
  • Directory servers
  • Client server architecture
  • Cloud computing
  • Email, World Wide Web, and VoIP
  • Service oriented architecture
  • Peer to peer computing

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Youlong Zhuang Date: October 14, 2011
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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