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Course Description

Computer Information Systems - CIS 271

Local Area Networks (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course begins with the basics of Local Area Networks (LAN) concepts, technologies, components and protocols inherent in today's local area networking environments. Students will see how computers are connected together to form peer-to-peer and server-based networks and discover the functionality and uses of a router, bridge, switch, hub and repeater. The two most commonly used network operating systems today, Microsoft’s NT and Novell's NetWare, are also introduced in this course. VLANs and the various forms of Ethernet technology such as Fast Ethernet are also explained.


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

Course Competencies

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

  • Identify standards of physical connectivity and media access used in local area networks.
  • Examine the technologies available to manage LAN traffic.
  • Identify the various protocols followed in LAN environments.
  • Identify primary products and product characteristics of the leading NOS vendors.
  • Examine methods of ensuring network server availability and reliability.
  • Identify various network services available in operating a LAN.
  • Examine various technologies available for ensuring LAN security.
  • Examine methods for administering users and groups in a LAN.
  • Identify common troubleshooting and problem resolution methods used in a LAN.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.