Subject(s): Computer Science–Network Management and Data Communication

Course Outline
Session Offered Spring/Summer 2022 (May – August)
Course Name Fundamentals of Networking
Course Code SFWRTECH 3IT3
Date(s) and Time(s) of
Online; Tuesdays (May 3rd – August 2nd), 18:30-21:30 EDT
Program Name Software Engineering Technology
Calendar Description Introductory and intermediate topics involving Layers 1-4 in the OSI model including
Ethernet, IP addressing, subnetting, routing, VLANs, Spanning-Tree Protocol, and
network device configuration.
Instructor(s) Mr. H. Poon, B.Eng., M.Eng. E-Mail:
Course Description This course introduces students to fundamental and intermediate topics in
computer networking involving the OSI model particularly including the physical,
data link, network, transport, and application layers; network topologies; Ethernet;
IP addressing and subnetting; transport protocols; routing protocols and route
aggregation; VLANs; Spanning-Tree Protocol; and network device configuration of
switches and routers.
Instruction Type
Code Type Hours per term
C Classroom instruction 0
L Laboratory, workshop or fieldwork 9
T Tutorial 0
DE Distance education 33
Total Hours 42
Resources ISBN Textbook Title & Edition Author & Publisher
Print: 9780137449941
eText: 9780137449804
CompTIA Network+
N10-008 Cert Guide
Anthony Sequeira,
Pearson IT Certification
Other Supplies Source
Avenue to Learn
Prerequisite(s) Registration in Software Engineering Technology or permission of the Chair and
registration in level 2 in any program in the DeGroote School of Business for
students pursuing the Business Technology Management Certificate.
Corequisite(s) None
Antirequisite(s) COMPTECH 3IT3, 3PR3, 3PD3, SFWRTECH 3PR3
Course Specific Policies The final examination covers the entire course (cumulative). This course may use
proctoring software (TBD) for tests/exams. This software may require you to turn on
your video camera, present identification, monitor and record your computer
activities, and lockdown your browser during the exam. This software may be
required to be installed before the exam begins. If you have questions about whether
this software will be used, or concerns about the use of this software, please contact
your instructor.
Students who have access to authorized recorded lectures in a course may use these
recordings only for personal or group study and should not reproduce, share or
upload the recording to any publicly accessible web environment. Similarly, notes,
slides, evaluations and tests are for personal use and should not be shared with others
outside of a course.
Departmental Policies Students must maintain a GPA of 3.5/12 to continue in the program.
In order to achieve the required learning objectives, on average, B.Tech. students
can expect to do at least 3 hours of “out-of-class” work for every scheduled hour in
class. “Out-of-class” work includes reading, research, assignments and preparation
for tests and examinations.
Where group work is indicated in the course outline, such collaborative work is
The use of cell phones, iPods, laptops and other personal electronic devices are
prohibited from the classroom during the class time, unless the instructor makes an
explicit exception.
Announcements made in class or placed on Avenue are considered to have been
communicated to all students including those individuals that are not in class.
Instructor has the right to submit work to software to identify plagiarism.
Week 1 Course Overview & Intro, Network Topologies, Network Devices, OSI Model, IP Stack
Week 2 Physical (Media, Encoding) & Data Link (MAC) Layer, Ethernet, Network Layer/IP Part 1
Week 3 IP Part 2 (IPv4 Addressing & Subnetting), Transport Layer Protocols (TCP, UDP) and Ports
Week 4 Layer 3 and 4 Protocols Lab
Week 5 Basic Application Layer Protocols Part 1
Week 6 Basic Application Layer Protocols Part 2, Command-Line Tools
Week 7 Mid-Term Examination (June 14th, 2022; 2.5 hours)
Week 8 Virtual LANs, Trunking, IEEE 802.1q VLAN Tagging, Link Aggregation, Basic Troubleshooting
Week 9 IEEE 802.1d Spanning-Tree Protocol
Week 10 Cisco LAN Switching Lab
Week 11 IPv4 Routing
Week 12 Cisco IPv4 Routing Lab
Week 13 Review for Final Examination
Week 14 Final Examination (August 2nd, 2022; 2.5 hours)
Classes end: Tuesday, July 26th
Final Examination Date: Tuesday, August 2nd
List of experiments
Lab 1 Layer 3 and 4 Protocols, Week 4 (synchronous)
Lab 2 Protocol Inspection, Week 5 (asynchronous)
Lab 3 Cisco LAN Switching, Week 10 (synchronous)
Lab 4 Cisco IPv4 Routing, Week 12 (synchronous)
Note that this structure represents a plan and is subject to adjustment term by term.
The instructor and the University reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The University
may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification
becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the
opportunity to comment on changes.
4. ASSESSMENT OF LEARNING *including dates* Weight
Academic Integrity Quiz, Knowledge & Skills Survey, Name Survey, Personal Bio 4% (1% each)
Quizzes 20% (2.5% each)
Video Assignments 10% (5% each)
Discussion Forum Participation 10%
Mid-Term Examination (June 14th, 2022; 2.5 hours) 26%
Final Examination (tests cumulative knowledge; August 2nd, 2022; 2.5 hours) 30%
TOTAL 100%
Percentage grades will be converted to letter grades and grade points per the University calendar.
1. Describe various physical network media and the environments in which they are best used.
2. Analyze the operation of several common network, transport, and application layer protocols.
3. Design a structured IP addressing scheme for a network of any size.
4. Examine the operation of network routing protocols.
5. Calculate the resulting topology and traffic flow while using network redundancy protocols.
6. Configure internetworking between several Cisco routers and switches.
7. Troubleshoot network-related problems at all layers of the OSI and TCP/IP stack.
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