BSC IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY â Stage II Semester 1
BIT 2204: NETWORK SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION
Purpose of the Course:
The course equips the student with the necessary skills in administer different network platforms in terns of network users and shared resources.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
â¢ Outline the roles, responsibilities and ethics in network administration.
â¢ Install, configure, troubleshoot and mange different network operating systems.
â¢ Configure DHCP, DNS and WINS on a Windows server.
â¢ Create user accounts, and implement group policies in a network environment.
â¢ Explain network security concepts
â Introduction to networks: definitions, terminologies used, advantages and disadvantages of computer networks, peer to peer networks and server based networks.
â Classification of computer networks: local area networks (LANs), metropolitan area networks (MANs) and wide area networks (WANs)
â Transmission media: coaxial cable, Twisted pair (UTP, STP), Fiber optic cable, wireless transmission (satellite, radio and infrared transmission)
â Network topologies: Bus, star, ring, star-bus, star-ring.
â Switching techniques: packet switching: ATM, frame relay, X.25, Circuit switching: Dial-up, ISDN, leased lines and T carrier line, Message switching.
â Digital communication: modulation and encoding techniques, modems, Bits and Bytes, Broadband and baseband, serial and parallel transmission.
â The OSI reference model: the seven layers, functions, the protocols of the seven layers. Overview of the TCP/IP protocol..
â Access Methods: CSMA/CD, CSMA/CA, Token Bus, Token Ring, DQBD, FDDI and B-ISDN.
â Networking devices: repeaters, Hubs, bridges, Switches, Routers and gateways.
â Using a suitable platform such as Linux/Windows NT in system administration: Introduction to network administration: definitions, roles, functions, responsibilities and ethics.
â Network host configuration options: Network adapter card (NIC) options, network connections options, and Internet options.
â Server configuration options: Installation options, services, configurable components.
â Installing windows server 2003. Directory services: Introduction, Microsoft Active directory (AD) service, Lightweight Directory (ADAM) Services, configuring AD service.
â Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP): Scopes, DHCP clients, DHCP servers, relay servers, troubleshooting DHCP.
â Name services: Introduction, Domain Name Services (DNS), DNS daemons, clients, servers, reverse DNS, Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).
â Resource sharing: User groups and policies, access control, file sharing, creating user accounts, configuring shared resources.
â Network troubleshooting commands, network performance and network security: software tools that help to solve network connectivity (ping, net watcher/viewer, tracert), TCP/IP network service protocols (DHCP, ICMP, SNMP), installing SNMP service, monitoring network performance, optimization of network, network security.
Mode of Delivery:
â¢ Practical lab sessions.
â¢ Group discussions.
Instructional Materials and/or Equipment:
â¢ Computer installed with a Server Operating Systems
â¢ Continuous Assessment30 %
â¢ End of Semester Examination.70 %
Core Reading Material:
â¢ Local area networks: Hodson, Peter: Letts Educational: ISBN-1-65805-230-0
â¢ Business data...