Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:
1. Understand the basic networking communication concepts, functions, components, standards, and protocols in wide use today.
2. Recognize the main network setup concepts, layered communication, and Domain Name System.
3. Differentiate the types of data transmission media and recognize their characteristics.
4. Discuss how to select hardware and software needed to build a small computer network.
5. Compare and contrast different network models.
6. Describe the primary physical and logical networking topologies in common use.
7. Describe major LAN networking technologies.
8. Describe the purpose of a network protocol, the layers in the TCP/IP architecture, and the protocols in each TCP/IP layer.
9. Explain the OSI reference model layers and their relationship to hardware and software.
10. Outline key aspects network security.