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 with proper subnetworks;  
  4. Design switching networks; and  
  5. Implement moderately complex networks with industry standard technologies like CISCO routers and switches. (LiWC).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 1 30%
Test Test 2 30%
Assignment Final Assignment 40%

Required reading

Introduction to Networks Companion Guide 1st ed.
Cisco Networking Academy (2013)
Cisco Press

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