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College of Information Systems & Technology
IT/240 Version 4
Intro to LAN Technologies
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Course Description

This foundational course covers local area network topics including rationale for networking, the open systems interconnection (OSI) model, common network topologies and architecture, client/server concepts, basic hardware devices and usage, and basic networking security concepts.


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Course Materials

Stallings, W. (2009). Business data communications (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Tomsho, G. (2011). Guide to networking essentials (6th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Course Technology, Cengage Learning.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Week One, Mar 3, 2014: Local Area Networks

1.1 Explain the purpose of a LAN and the benefits it can provide to its users. 1.2 Differentiate between types of networks.
1.3 Define basic LAN terminology.
1.4 Explain how LAN operating systems work.

Course Preparation
Read the course description and objectives.
Read the instructor’s biography and post your own.

Read Appendix A.

Read Ch. 2, “Network Hardware Essentials,” of Guide to Networking Essentials.

Read Ch. 3, “Network Topologies...
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