CIS 1411 Introduction to Networks

The focus of this course is on the fundamentals of networking. Students will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding basic networks. Students will understand: the human and network communications and see the parallels between them, the layers, functions and services associated with the two major models (OSI and TCP/IP) used to plan and implement networks, the various network devices, addressing schemes and media used in modern networks will be examined and how computers operate.

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Information Systems
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Identify and install or upgrade current versions of the Windows client operating system. Integrate the microcomputer and its operating system to a switched network in a basic operational level. Troubleshoot software and hardware malfunctions using various tools.
  • Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes. Identify the major classes of addresses. Become familiar with network addressing schemes. Design, calculate and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given network requirements.
  • Employ basic cabling and network designs to connect devices in accordance with stated objectives. Demonstrate use of the command-line interface (CLI) to perform basic router and switch configuration and verification. Build a simple Ethernet network using routers, switches, and appropriate cabling. Access, explain and navigate router and switch IOS for configuration, security, performance, backup, restore and troubleshooting in a network environment.
  • Understand the layered approach to networks. Describe the operations and features of the 7 layers of the OSI model. Examine and identify the applications and services provided by the OSI model and the TCP/IP protocol suite. Demonstrate how communication works in data networks and the Internet.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3