Syllabus for Data Communications and LAN's CISC 231 (CCNA-1) *
(4 Credit Hour Course) 

Instructor: Kevin Manna, Founders 201 


Text: Cisco Networking Academy Program, CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, REVISED Third Edition, 2005, ISBN: TBA plus Lab Companion ISBN: TBA. The book store will carry the Lab pack which includes text and lab book under separate ISBN.

Catalog Description: Provides the foundation for work in data communications and local area network management; OSI Model and/or TCP/IP protocol stack model covered in detail; data transmission principles, media, major protocols, topologies, routing methods, introduction to networking principles, and Network operating system management fundamentals.

Outcomes: At the completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies: 
* Be able to identify and describe IP Address Classes. 
* Proficient in using the binary number system. 
* Proficient in IP address subnetting techniques. 
* Proficient in the use of the three basic Boolean functions (AND, OR, NOR). 
* Be able to describe the purpose of the OSI Model and the functions of each layer. 
* Be able to describe the process of data encapsulation 
* Be able to make a patch cable. 
* Proficient in detailing the specifications of networking media (copper, fiber, wireless). 
* Be able to describe and apply CAT 5 cabling standards. 
* Be proficient in the use of a cable tester. 
* Proficient in planning, designing, and installing work group and peer-to-peer LANs. 
* Be able to describe the purpose of the TCP/IP Protocol Stack (DoD Model) and the functions of each layer. 
* Be able to identify which layer of the OSI Model specific TCP/IP protocols reside. 
* Be able to compare and contrast the OSI Model and TCP/IP Protocol Stack. 
* Proficient in detailing the specifications of Ethernet. 
* Be able to identify and describe Ethernet families (10BaseT, Fast Ethernet). 
* Be able to describe the function of MAC addresses.

This course is predominantly a lecture course, but it will contain some labs and group exercises. These exercises are designed to increase the student's familiarity with the networking concepts discussed in the lectures and readings.

Class Labs will occur after the discussion of a topic. Additional lab time can be made available during the instructor's office hours or via lab passes.

A Study Guide will be provided for each Chapter. It is the student's responsibility to complete these. They are for YOUR benefit and will assist you when studying for the tests. Study Guides are due on the class day FOLLOWING its respective lecture. The CD accompanying your text is an invaluable tool.

Weather Hotline Number: 610-861-4595

Course Schedule available at instructors NCC website.

Grading will be assigned approximately per the following:

Assignments/Labs 20% 
Tests (One on-line test after each chapter) 44% 
Cabling Design Project/Case Study 15% 
Final Exam(1) 21%

Tests for each chapter will be taken at the beginning of a class period. They will be announced one class period ahead of time. There is one short on-line test for each chapter (approximately 20 questions). Tests may not normally be retaken. Tests can be made up only in the event of a medical emergency directly related to the student and verified by a written doctor's excuse.

A one-time award of 5 points will be added to one of your exams if you stop by my office for an informal "how's the semester going?" meeting after the third test and before the semester break.


* this is a generic syllabus for reference only.