CIS 140 - Local Area Networks

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Joseph E. Cannon, Ph.D., MasterCNE
           Office:   PGCC, Lanham Hall - Room #119
Office Hours:   T&Th   1:30 pm  -   2:30 pm
                        T&Th   4:40 pm  -   6:00 pm
                             Th  10:40 am  - 11:00 am
          Phone:   (301)322-0764


CIS 140 is an introduction to the current methods and practices in the use of Local Area Networks (LANs) and the role LANs play in Business Information Systems. The emphasis will be placed on LAN hardware, software, standards, and protocols. Topics include network architecture, network communication protocols, end-to-end protocol stacks, network components, network management, network security, and the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model.

TEXT (Required):

Local Area Networks: A Business-Oriented Approach, 2nd Edition, by J. E. Goldman and P. T. Rawles, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2000, ISBN 0-471-33047-7.

REFERENCES (Optional, but it is recommended that the student purchase at least one of the following text books):

1. Local Area Networks, 3rd Edition, by David A. Stamper, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2001,
    ISBN 0-13-018377-6.
2. Networking Basics, by M. Ciampa, South-Western Educational Publishing, NY, 2000,
    ISBN 0-538-69042-9.
3. Network+: Guide to Networks, by Tamara Dean, Course Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2000,
    ISBN 0-7600-1145-1.

OBJECTIVES (Student Outcomes):

At the successful complication of this course the student should be able to describe the concept of LANs and their uses.  The student should be able to identify the hardware and software required for LAN communications. The student should be able to define the fundamental principles that influence the selection of LAN hardware, of LAN topology, and of LAN protocols. The student should have an understanding of the alternatives that exist in the selection of hardware, software, and transmission facilities when designing and implementing LANs. The student should have the skills required for LAN administration which include hardware control, personnel management, and network security.


I. Overview of Hardware and Networks
   A. Introduction to On-Line Systems and Applications
   B. Introduction to Network Configurations
       1. Peer-to-Peer LANs
       2. Client/Server LANs
       3. Client/File Server/Application Server LANs
   C. Overview of Network Hardware
       1. NICs, Hubs, Switches, Routers, Cabling
       2. Personal Computers (clients)
       3. File Servers and Super Servers
       4. Wireless

II. LAN Concepts
   A. Overview of Network Protocols
       1. Line Protocols
       2. Link Control and Data Exchange
       3. Error Detection/Correction
   B. Overview of Digital Data Networks
        1. Frame Relay, ATM
        2. ITU - X.25
   C. Open-Systems Interconnection Reference Model
        1. IPv6
        2. TCP/IP

III. LAN Management
     A. System Planning
     B. Network Security and Control

VI. Overview of LAN Design
     A. Introduction to Communication Facilities
     B. Introduction to Design Fundamentals
     C. Novell NetWare 5
     D. Microsoft Windows 2000


The grades will be calculated as follows:

           Bulletin Board Postings - 10%   (5 @ 2% each)
        Final Case Study Report  - 10%
         Homework Assignments - 20%   (4 @ 5% each)                               A : 90% - 100%
                                    Quiz 1 -   5%                                                          B:  80% - 89.95%
                   Mid - Term Exam - 25%                                                          C:  70% - 79.95%
                                    Quiz 2 -   5%                                                          D : 60% - 69.95%
                             Final Exam - 25%                                                           F :   0% - 59.95%

Each student is required to participate in Case Study discussions by responding to the questions posed on the course Bulletin Board within one week of their posting (10% of grade).

The exams and quizzes are non-cumulative.  Each is based only on the material covered in that part of the course.

The assignments and quizzes must be submitted via WebCT Private e-mail as a Word Document by midnight on the announced due date. Quizzes will NOT be accepted late.


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