Data Communications & Networking is a two-week course consisting of lectures and student labs. The course covers modern PC-based networking principles by combining classroom theory and hands-on practice. Initial lectures include a review of the physical principles involved in data communications, historic development of computer networking, and a technical review of communication terminology. Communication standards, network protocols, network topologies, and various hardware implementations are then studied. Transmission media, network interfaces, repeaters, hubs, bridges, switches, and routers are covered in the context of the standard OSI communications model. Peer-to-peer and client-server networks are emphasized. Fiber optics, Industrial Ethernet, and wireless LAN technologies are also introduced. Lab projects include cable preparation, transmission media testing, configuration of peer-to-peer networks, network resource sharing, network security, TDR (Time Domain Reflectometer) use, and various hands-on troubleshooting exercises. An MS-Windows OS will be utilized throughout the course.
Course Capacity: 12 students
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of a personal computer with an MS-Windows operating system
Special Requirements: None