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CIS 1411 Introduction to Networks

This course covers networking architecture, structure, and functions. The course introduces the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations to provide a foundation for the Network Engineering curriculum. Students will understand the functions and services associated with the two major models (OSI and TCP/IP) used to plan and implement networks. Students will be able to design an IP addressing scheme to provide network connectivity for a small to medium sized network. Use Command Line Interface (CLI) to configure initial settings on routers and switches to implement basic network connectivity between devices.

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Science and Information Technology
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