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					Week One: Voice Communications
                       Details                                                            Due      Poi
Objectives         1.1 Identify types of networks.
                   1.2 Explain the basics of voice communications.
Course Preparation Read the course description and objectives.
                   Review the Learning Team Toolkit.

                       Note. TestOut LabSims are available for this course. See Week
                       One, Course Materials Page.
Readings               Read Ch. 1, “Introduction to Network and Networking Concepts”,
                       of Guide to Networking Essentials.
                       Read Ch. 1, “Introduction to Communications”, of Business Data
                       Communication: Introductory Concepts & Techniques.
                       Read Ch. 2, “Fundamentals of Data Communications”, of
                       Business Data Communication: Introductory Concepts &
                       Techniques.
                       Read the Week One Read Me First
                       Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation          Participate in class discussion. (Includes DQs)                    Day 7    4
                       You must post at least 2 substantive postings a day for 4 days
                       out of the week in the main forum.
Discussion             Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Questions
Learning Team          Complete the Learning Team Charter.
Instructions
                       The following assignment, due in Week Five, is based upon a
                       Service Request within the Virtual Organizations. A link to the
                       Virtual Organizations can be found on the Course Materials
                       page. Your instructor will determine which one of the following
                       Service Requests you are to complete:

                                SR-ht-010, Review of Telephone and Data Networks
                                SR-rm-019, Review of Telephone and Data Networks



                Week Two: Network Design
                                       Details                                                         D
                Objectives             2.1 Identify topologies, channels, processors, and media.
                                       2.2 Explain modulation/demodulation.
                Readings               Read Ch. 2, “Network Design Essentials”, of Guide to
                                       Networking Essentials.
                                       Read Ch. 3, “Networking Media”, of Guide to Networking
                    Essentials.
                    Read the Week Two Read Me First
                    Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation       Participate in class discussion. (Includes DQs)                  D
                    You must post at least 2 substantive postings a day for 4 days
                    out of the week in the main forum.
Discussion          Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Questions
Learning Team       Begin working on Service Request by reviewing the telephone
Instructions        systems.

                           Identify current systems.
                           Explain advantages and disadvantages of systems.
                           Present recommendations and benefits
Individual          Prepare a 2- to 3-page paper describing the telecommunication    D
Telecommunication   systems used at your workplace.
Systems             Use short answers to explain the difference between:

Individual                                                                           D
Short Answers              Rotary and Dual Tone Multi-frequency (DTMF)
                           Wide Area Telecommunications Service (WATS) and
                        leased lines
                           Private Branch eXchange (PBX) and Centrex
                           The layers of the International Organization for
                        Standardization-Open Systems Interconnection (ISO-OSI)
                        model



Week Three: Switching
                    Details                                                          D
Objectives          3.1 Identify types of switching in networks.
Readings            Read Ch. 7, “Network Architectures”, of Guide to Networking
                    Essentials.
                    Read the Week Three Read Me First.
                    Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation       Participate in class discussion. (Includes DQs)                  D
                    You must post at least 2 substantive postings a day for 4 days
                    out of the week in the main forum.
Discussion          Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Questions
Learning Team   Continue working on Service Request.
Instructions
                         Network protocols

                       o Identify protocols.
                       o Provide rationale for the adoption of existing
                       protocols.
                       o Explain advantages and disadvantages of protocols.
                       o Present recommendations and benefits.
Individual      Use short answers to explain the difference between:              D
Short Answers
                       Synchronous and asynchronous
                       Analog and digital
                       XON and XOFF
                       Simplex and duplex
                       Serial and parallel transmission
                       Baseband and broadband
                       Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) and Point-to-Point
                    Protocol (PPP)
                       Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and File Transfer
                    Protocol (FTP)
                       Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet
                    Protocol (IP)



Week Four: OSI Model and Protocols
                Details                                                           D
Objectives      4.1 Explain the OSI model.
                4.2 Explain TCP/IP.
                4.3 Identify Networking operating systems.
Readings        Read Ch. 5, “Making Networks Work”, of Guide to Networking
                Essentials.
                Read Ch. 6, “Network Communications and Protocols”, of Guide
                to Networking Essentials.
                Read the Week Four Read Me First.
                Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation   Participate in class discussion. (Includes DQs)                   D
                You must post at least 2 substantive postings a day for 4 days
                out of the week in the main forum.
Discussion      Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Questions
Learning Team   Continue working on Service Request.
Instructions
                         Network topologies

                        o Identify topologies in use.
                        o Explain advantages and disadvantages of different
                        topologies.
                        o Consider combining topologies.
                        o Present recommendations and benefits.

                         Switching

                       o Identify places in the networks where switching
                       currently exists or would be beneficial.
                       o Explain advantages and disadvantages.
                       o Present recommendations and benefits.
Individual      Use short answers to explain the difference (including the       D
Short Answers   advantages and disadvantages of) between:

                         Mesh, Bus, Ring and Star topologies
                         Ethernet, Token Ring, FIDDI and wireless

                Use a short answer to explain at what levels of the OSI model
                TCP/IP functions.



Week Five: Network Security
                Details                                                          D
Objectives      5.1 Identify network security risks.
                5.2 Identify network security resources.
Readings        Read Ch. 10, “Network Security”, of Business Data
                Communications: Introductory Concepts & Techniques.
                Read the Week Five Read Me First.
                Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.
Participation   Participate in class discussion. (Includes DQs)                  D
                You must post at least 2 substantive postings a day for 4 days
                  out of the week in the main forum.
Discussion        Respond to weekly discussion questions.
Questions
Learning Team     Complete work on Service Request.                           D
Service Request
Project                  Network Security

                          o Identify current security efforts.
                          o Identify security needs.
                          o Explain advantages and disadvantages of various
                          security approaches.
                          o Present recommendations and benefits.

                  Prepare and submit a 10- to 12-page paper.
Learning Team     Prepare and submit a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation.   D
Service Request
Presentation

				
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