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 Instructor@madole.com Web Page for Course: www.madole.com and select University of Phoenix link. Alternate eMail Address Marshall@madole.com, email@example.com Telephone Number(s) (H)677-5034 4PM – 10PM, (W)734-9562 6:30 AM – 3:30 PM, (C) 833-1417 Emergency contact Availability 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 circumstances. 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 Instructor@madole.com . 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 received. Welcome 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 companies. WEIGHTING of ASSIGNMENTS 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 POINT/GRADE CONVERSION 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 INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENTS 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. LEARNING TEAM ASSIGNMENTS Description 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 following: 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). Objective Present telecommunication trends. Standards 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 member. Meeting Two • Research an area of telecommunication or data communication topic. Meeting Three • Complete the research for the selected telecommunication or data communication topic. 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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