Course:  CS-440 Networking

Semester: Spring 2013

Time and day 1:40-2:55 TR

Number of credit hours 3

Location SC-11


Instructor  Gene Marksbury


Office phone  x4620 

Office location  SC-12

Office hours see Web site



An overview of computer networking, both conceptual and hands-on.  Areas of study include the OSI reference model, network protocols, media, architecture, and hardware.  The class will also investigate the implementations of networking principals using Microsoft Windows Server, NetBEUI, TCP/IP, UNIX, and emerging networking technologies.  Network management, operation, design and security will wrap up the course.



This course is designed to be a practical and theoretical overview of networking concepts with hands-on exercises to aid in the learning process.  A broad discussion of computer networks will become focused on the current implementation methods, media, network devices, and protocols.  Future paths of networking will be examined along with the customer service aspect of the networking professional.



1.  Understand the importance on networking to the modern business environment.


2.  Understand the various types of cabling for networks and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each.


3.  Describe the process of connecting computers of various operating systems and hardware designs together.


4.  Understand the theoretical and practical aspects of modern networks.


5.  Comprehend the basics of future networking technologies and how they will be integrated into our existing networks.




Network+ Guides to Networks, Tamara Dean, Course Technology (Fifth Edition), Cambridge, MA, (2010); ISBN: 978-1-423-90245-4




Final grades will be determined by the percentage of possible points earned from exams and homework according to the following scale:


90% or above            :  A

80-89%                      :  B

70-79%                      :  C

60-69%                      :  D

Below 60%                :  F


Exams will count as 60% of your grade, 30% for daily assignments, and 10% on class participation.



Week                                      Topics

1                                              Introduction, Chapter 1

2                                              Chapter 2 Standards, OSI model

3                                              Chapter 3 Transmission/Media

4                                              Chapter 4 TCP/IP Protocols

5                                              Chapter 5 Topologies, Exam 1

6                                              Chapter 6 Hardware

7                                              Chapter 7 WANS

8                                              Chapter 8 Wireless Networking

9                                              Chapter 9 Operating Systems

10                                            Chapter 10 In-depth TCP/IP Exam 2

11                                            Spring Break

12                                            Chapter 11 Voice over IP

13                                            Chapter 12 Security

14                                            Chapter 13 Troubleshooting

15                                            Chapter 14 Integrity/Availability

16                                            Chapter 15 Network Management




1:00 P.M. Tuesday,  April 30  No Exceptions!




No electronic devices of any kind except for the purpose of taking notes.





It shall be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to support the academic integrity of the institution.  This applies to personal honesty in all aspects of collegiate work, all student records, and all contacts with faculty and staff.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.

It shall also be the responsibility of every student enrolled at Missouri Valley College to be respectful of the right of other students, staff, and instructors to ensure a safe, peaceful atmosphere conducive to the educational goals of an institution of higher learning.  Rude or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.


Student actions that do not adhere to the MVC Student Code of Conduct will be addressed according to College policies regarding academic dishonesty and disruptive behavior.  Students who exhibit dishonest, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior risk suspension or expulsion from the institution.



Faculty creates an environment conducive to honest student work through clear communication of expectations.  In the case of suspected academic dishonesty, the faculty member deals with and documents the situation as they deem appropriate.  Each documented incident is put in the student’s file in the office of the Chief Academic Officer.  Documentation will include the student response to the incident.  After three offenses, the CAO, the faculty member(s), and the student meet to discuss the consequences.  Consequences include, but are not limited to, course failure or dismissal from school.  Students who have had one offense will be required to successfully complete a tutorial on understanding and avoiding plagiarism.



Attendance is expected and required at each class meeting.  Every three(3) unexcused absences will cause a drop of one full letter grade.



Any student who misses two consecutive weeks of class or has missed 50% of class periods by mid-term may be administratively withdrawn from class.  If the withdrawal takes place within the first 6 weeks of class, the student will receive a grade of “W”.  If the withdraw takes place after the 6th week of class, the student will receive a “WF” or “WP”.  The student will be notified of this action by the Registrar’s Office.  Readmission will be considered only for extenuating circumstances as approved by the Chief Academic Officer and Registrar.  In such cases, where readmission is approved, a readmit fee of $350 will be charged.  If a student drops below full-time status of 12 hours, financial aid may be adversely affected.  Resident students dropping below 12 hours will be asked to move out of campus housing. 



The College seeks to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The ADA Coordinator works with the programs to assist the faculty in understanding and implementing accommodations.


Students with disabilities should have documentation of their disability sent to the campus ADA coordinator, Jamie Gold, Baity Hall, Room 206, 831-4170, and set up an appointment as soon as they arrive on campus.  Failure to do so could delay accommodations.  After proper documentation, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate students’ needs.  If you have any questions about how to initiate this process, please contact your instructor.