Course Description: 

This course teaches students the skills needed to obtain entry-level home network installer jobs. It also helps students develop some of the skills needed to become network technicians, computer technicians, cable installers, and help-desk technicians.  It provides a hands-on introduction to networking and the Internet, using tools and hardware commonly found in home and small business environments. Instructors are encouraged to facilitate field trips and outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Labs include PC installation, Internet connectivity, wireless connectivity, file and print sharing and installation of game consoles, scanners, and cameras.

This course prepares students for jobs as network technicians and helps them develop additional skills required for computer technicians and help desk technicians.  It provides a basic overview of routing and remote access, addressing, and security. It also familiarizes students with servers that provide email services, Web space, and authenticated access. Students learn about the soft skills required for help desk and customer service positions, and the final chapter helps them prepare for the CCENT certification exam. Network monitoring and basic troubleshooting are taught in context.

Taught by: Mike Wizalkowski

Prerequisite: Computer Systems 1

Classes after: Note students must attempt industry certification exams in order to advance to the next class: Computer Networking Hardware Operations 3&4

Learning targets: 

  • Math Conversions with Binary
  • OSI and TCP/IP Models
  • Port Protocols
  • Configure Routers and Switches (Basic)
  • CCent Certification
  • Virtual LAN
  • Trunking
  • Access Control List
  • Frame Relay
  • CCNA Certification

Student Perspective: 

Students learn more about networks and their components. They learn how data travels. They learn how to program routers to setup their own networks. They have the chance to earn a CCNA Certification through this course.