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This unit provides an introduction to data communication fundamentals, network transmission technologies and network protocols. It introduces students to basic design and communicational issues related to local area networks, wide area networks and the Internet.
Content includes: History and fundamentals of data communications and networks; standards; communication media types; data communications principles and protocols; network architectures and protocols, standard interfaces and transmission techniques; data integrity and security; Local  Area Networks (LAN); data link control; IP Addressing and Subnetworking; Routing protocols like RIP; Switching technologies and Virtual LANs; Design and implementation of enterprise networks using industry standard equipment like CISCO routers and switches.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of modern business and personal applications of data communication systems;  
  2. Apply various technologies to solving data communication and networking problems;  
  3. Design IP networks and subnetworks;  
  4. Design switching networks for a range of contemporary applications;  
  5. Implement moderately complex networks consistent with industry standards.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1 25%
Test Test 2 25%
Project Project Implementation and Report (Phase 1 20%, Phase 2 30%) 50%

Required reading

The textbooks listed below are recommended texts only.

31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam 3rd ed.
Johnson, A. (2014)
Cisco Press Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 USA

Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach 7th ed.
Kurose, J. F. , Ross, K. W. (2017)
Boston: Pearson Addison-Wesley

CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library
Odom, W. (2016)
CISCO Press, Cisco Press Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 USA.

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