University of Phoenix rEsource Syllabus (PDF) by jennyyingdi


									                    University of Phoenix rEsource Syllabus

Course Title
TCM 537 – Networks/Data Communications I

Course Schedule
May 12, 2004 – June 16, 2004

Course Materials
All materials can be found on resource, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix
eCampus Web site.

Instructor’s Name
Marshall R. Madole, M.A. Computer Resources and Information Systems, MCSE, CNA,
A+, Net+, INET+, Server+
Primary eMail Address Web Page for Course: and select University of
Phoenix link.
Alternate eMail Address,

Telephone Number(s)
(H)677-5034 4PM – 10PM, (W)734-9562 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM, (C) 833-1417 Emergency contact

Most anytime.

University Policies
Please review University Policies regarding topics such as student conduct, attendance, and
plagiarism in your Program Handbook, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix
eCampus Web site.

Course-Specific Standards
Participation accounts for 10% of the overall grade. Attendance accounts for 10% of the
grade. Students who miss a class will not receive participation or attendance points (2)
for that class without prior notification to the instructor. Students who arrive late or leave
early will be assessed 1 point per infraction. No additional or makeup work will be
assigned. If an absence is necessary, the student must contact the faculty member.
Unexcused Second Absences are not allowed. Those who do have an excused second
absence will have their grade dropped one whole letter.

Paper shall be a minimum of 3 full pages not counting a title page and bibliography.
Anything less than 3 pages will have 3 points deducted automatically. Anyone
submitting a 3 page paper will receive a maximum of 10 points. Additional points are
assigned for additional pages i.e. 4 pages = 11points max, 5 pages = 12 points, etc. for a
maximum of 15 points. This is used to distinguish “A” work from minimal work. I will
discuss this more in class.
All papers should use at a minimum 3 references. Interviews with persons can count as a
reference. It is expected that all work submitted will be the student’s individual work.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and all means (including electronic) available to the faculty may
be used to uncover it in any form. Any paper exhibiting more than 20% of direct quotation from
an outside source (whether cited or not) will be considered plagiarism. It is intended for students
to refer to journals and other relevant outside sources, evaluate their findings in light of the
current scenario, draw appropriate conclusions from their research, and then present their
conclusions in a straightforward and convincing manner. Reference to resources on the Internet
(with proper citation) is acceptable, but “copy and paste” IS NOT acceptable under any

 Late papers will be assessed a 20% penalty per day. Papers a week late will not be
 accepted. Papers are due at the beginning of the class period. Papers may be hand
 delivered or emailed to my email address of . Those papers that
 are emailed will receive an autoresponder reply indicating that their email had been
 received. Those students not receiving an autoresponse reply should verify the email
 address. Once I grade your homework, I will annotate it in the homework log on the
 website. I do not post grades on my website, only the date that the homework was
To Be discussed in class.

Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is highly valued at the University of Phoenix. Students must always submit
work that represents their original words or ideas. If any words or ideas used in a class posting or
assignment submission do not represent the student’s original words or ideas, all relevant
sources must be cited along with the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas
that require citation include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether
copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such
communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. Please see the University of
Phoenix Catalog for more information about academic honesty, including consequences of
academic dishonesty.

Privacy and Confidentiality in the University of Phoenix Classroom
One of the highlights of the University of Phoenix academic experience is that students can draw
on the wealth of examples from their organizations in class discussions and in their written work.
However, it is imperative that students not share information that is confidential, privileged, or
proprietary in nature. Students must be mindful of any contracts they have agreed to with their


Individual Assignments (70%)                           Points
Week Two                                                15%
Week Three                                              15%
Week Four                                               15%
Week Five                                               15%
Participation (all weeks)                               10%
Learning Team Assignments (30%)
Meeting Five                                            30%
TOTAL                                            100


  100-95       A          76-74      C
  94-90        A-         73-70      C-
  89-87        B+         69-67      D+
  86-84        B          66-64      D
  83-80        B-         63-60      D-
  79-77        C+        59 or <     F


Week One
   •    Complete assignments posted on the rEsource course page.

   •    Discussion Question(s):
           How has regulation of the telecommunications industry changed and what are
           some of the outcomes of that change?
           Does the deregulation of the telecommunications industry pose the same risks
           as the utility industry in California?
Week Two
   •    Discussion Question(s):
           What is the role of standards organizations?
           Why is analog still in existence?

   •    Prepare a 2-3-page memorandum (350 words per page) on telephony in your work
        place. Include the following:
            The types of systems.
            The physical extent of the systems (number of buildings).
            The number of users.
            The services (i.e., voice messaging, teleconferencing, etc.).
            The management (i.e., administrator, help desk, etc.).
Week Three
   •    Discussion Question(s):
            When would it be appropriate to use Ethernet? Give examples.
            When would it be appropriate to use Token Ring? Give examples.
   •    Prepare a 3-4 page memorandum (350 words per page) describing all the
        telecommunications protocols used at your workplace and what applications are
        associated with each protocol.
Week Four
   •    Discussion Question(s):
           Why do some individuals claim that cable has a greater potential bandwidth
           than wireless?
           What are the prospects for broadband globally?
           Will TCP/IP become a universal network protocol?
   •   Prepare a 2-3-page memorandum (350 words per page) on a LAN in your work
       place. Include the following:
           The physical extent of the LAN (number of buildings).
           The number of users.
           The number of nodes and workstation types (i.e., Pentium, etc.).
           The number of servers.
           The applications (i.e., e-mail, Windows, MS Office, etc.).
           The architecture (i.e., client/server, peer-to-peer, mainframe, segmented, etc.).
           The topology (i.e., bus, ring, star, etc.).
           The media (i.e., UTP, STP, Coaxial cable, Fiber, etc.).
           The connections (i.e., Hubs, repeaters, bridges, gateways, etc.).
           The NOS (i.e., Novell, Windows NT, UNIX, etc.).
           The LAN Management (i.e., administrator, help desk, etc.). If you do not have
           a LAN in your organization, survey a LAN outside your workplace.
Week Five
   •   Discussion Question(s):
          Why do some people say that development of new uses for the Internet is
          dependent on advancement in security?
          What would the Web be like if there were no limit to bandwidth?

Week Six
   •   Discussion Question(s):
          Many large companies have moved their back offices offshore to countries
          like India. What are the implications of doing this?
   •   Complete a Learning Team Evaluation.

The learning team project for this course consists of selecting and researching a current trend in
an area of telecommunications or data communications. The project includes a presentation and
a paper that should reflect professional preparation. Learning Teams shall report their project in a
10-15 page paper (350 words per page), using Microsoft Word. At a minimum, include the
1.      Detailed description of the area researched.
2.      Technology involved in the area.
3.      Future trends in the area.
4.      Example companies involved in the area.
5.      Regulatory issues surrounding the area.
6.      Global implications for the area.
7.      References (minimum of 10).

Present telecommunication trends.

Refer to “Standards for Written Work” and “Standards for Presentations” in your Program
Handbook, which can be accessed through the University of Phoenix eCampus Web site.

Meeting One
    •   Create a Learning Team Charter.
    •   Select a telecommunication or data communication topic to research. Define the
        scope of the topic. Identify the preliminary assignments and tasks for each team
Meeting Two
    •   Research an area of telecommunication or data communication topic.
Meeting Three
    •   Complete the research for the selected telecommunication or data communication
Meeting Four
    •   Prepare the draft of your paper from an outline. Include all individual
        contributions. Verify that the draft meets the requirements of the project.
Meeting Five
    •   Prepare a 10-15-page project paper (350 words per page) and a Microsoft
        PowerPoint presentation of the project.

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