Data Communication Concepts I

Course Number: CIS 179
Transcript Title: Data Comm Concepts I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 16, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


CIS 120 or CIS 121 or EET 111 or instructor permission

Course Description

Provides basic concepts of data communications, networking and connectivity. Explores hardware, connectivity, signaling, addressing, network topologies, communication protocols, network designs, switching, management, TCP/IP protocols, security and standards with emphasis on the OSI reference model. Prerequisite: CIS 120 or CIS 121 or EET 111 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

On successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Successfully participate in higher level Data Communication and Networking classes.
  2. Troubleshoot simple Data Communication problems.
  3. Design moderately complex networks using appropriate network architectures and hardware.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Communicate effectively with networking professionals.
  • Select appropriate data communications solutions to business problems and needs.
  • Explain the process of data communication.
  • Prepare elementary internetworking designs, including cost evaluations.

Course Activities and Design

This course is presented by means of:

  • On-campus lectures or distance learning lessons
  • On-line discussions
  • Individual lab assignments
  • Group lab assignments

Students will be required to use essential tools to complete the lab assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Communicate effectively:
    • Participate in discussions with the instructor and other students.
    • Prepare a research report using professional literature and/or interviewing networking professionals.
  • Select appropriate solutions:
    • In oral and written work, when given a business problem, provide appropriate networking and data communications.
  • Prepare internetworking designs:
    • Prepare logical and physical network drawings for fairly simple networks, specifying network and link types, plus costs.
  • Explain processes:
    • Use proper data communication vocabulary to explain how data communication processes work.
  • Concepts include:
    • Network topologies, media, access methods, architectures, connectivity devices, communication protocols, wide area network communication types, security, management, signaling, and telecommunication concepts.
    • AT routers