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Course Description

Computer Information Systems - CIS 171

Introduction to Networking (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the key concepts of data communications, telecommunications and networking. The course provides a solid introduction to networking fundamentals including key acronyms, protocols and components that are essential to understanding how networks operate today. Upon completion, the student will have a solid understanding of how information travels from a source computer to a destination computer across a complex network.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.


  • Computer experience.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare the different types of hardware required in networking.
  • Interpret output from networking software tools.
  • Explore options for managing and optimizing networks.
  • Characterize how protocols function within a layered communication system.
  • Explain how addresses are used to exchange information.
  • Investigate the flow of information between communicating network devices.
  • Examine current technologies used in local area networks (LANs).
  • Identify technologies used in wide area networks (WANs).
  • Determine appropriate media and connectors for various networking scenarios.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/18/2018

 171142845Intro Networking 3Baron TS$52.0012/22/0OpenW  01:00 PM-04:38 PM AS950

Fall; 2018; COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 171047726Intro NetworkingOE/OE3Baron TS$12.0023/31/0Open 
 171142771Intro NetworkingOnline3Schlick W$12.0018/31/0Open 
 171142874Intro Networking 3Parker M$52.008/22/0OpenT  06:00 PM-08:52 PM AS950

Winter; 2019; COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/14/2019

 171017775Intro NetworkingOE/OE3Baron T$12.0031/31/0Open 
 171112771Intro NetworkingOnline3Baron TS$12.0031/31/0Open