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Data Communications (ITEC 1425)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course provides an introduction to data communications in business and industry. You will gain an understanding of data communications, terminals, modems, multiplexers, wire-based media, wireless transmission, optical transmission, satellite communication, protocols, flow control, error detection and correction, communications software, network topologies, local and wide-area networks, intranets, Internets, PC software, browsers, network architectures, ISDN< ATM, and network design and management. Furthermore, during lab, you will participate in projects in data communication applications, configure and install a modem, dial-up an information service, download files, transfer files between PCs, operate a PC remotely and more. Must be taken A-F.

Topical Outline:
1. Network standards, common TCP/IP protocols and the OSI model
2. Network topologies, equipment and cabling
3. Concepts of LANs, WANs, and remote connectivity
4. Creation, maintenance, management, and troubleshooting of networks
5. Network security
6. Wireless networking

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify equipment used in networked communications; use these to connect hosts within a network
2. Recognize and characterize the primary network architectures and determine which is most appropriate for a proposed network
3. Use appropriate tools and troubleshooting techniques to identify and fix problems within a network
4. Use tools and other strategies to manage, administer, and maintain a network
5. Appreciate the importance of network security, develop strategies to provide security for the system's components and data
6. Distinguish between different scales of networks (e.g. LANs, WANs) and identify the strategies and components needed to create and modify these networks

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052