Course length: 1 day
None. The course is designed to be taught as a lecture with
class participation. No hands-on tasks are involved.
Students will learn what computer networks are and how they
are used by examining the various components and their
Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the
course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be
• Understand what computer networks are and how they are
• Identify various network strategies and topologies.
• Identify various hardware components of a computer
network and understand their functions.
• Understand how network software is used to communicate
over a network and to use network services.
• Define standards and protocols and understand how they
are used to communicate on a network.
• Understand how data is transmitted over a network.
• Identify the OSI model and understand how communication
• Understand what the Internet is and how to use it.
• Identify the basic functions of network management.
• Identify future possibilities for computers and
Lesson 1: Introduction
Introduction to networking
Computer network history
Benefits of using computer networks
Network design considerations
Lesson 2: Network
strategies and topologies
Node connecting strategies
Network computing strategies
Lesson 3: Network
Network hardware components
Lesson 4: Network
Network operating systems
Lesson 5: Standards
Differences between standards, protocols, and protocol
Lesson 6: Data
Media access control (MAC)
Lesson 7: Introduction
to the OSI model
An overview of the OSI model
How network layers communicate
Lesson 8: TCP/IP
and the Internet
TCP/IPthe Internet protocol suite
Lesson 9: Network management
Functional areas of network management
Daily network management responsibilities
Lesson 10: The
future of networking
The future of networking