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Introduction to Networking

Introduction to Networking explains computer networking basics in easy to understand terms, using concepts common to everyday, non-computing experience. A brief introduction explains how networks have become so important to businesses and individuals. This course emphasizes networking fundamentals, explaining the software and hardware that make s networking possible. 

On completion of the course, you will be capable of performing basic computer networking tasks such as DSL connectivity configuring connections to an Internet Service Provider, and creating a private network. Be ready to begin training for CCNA Certification or employment in a computer-networking career!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Introduction to Networking

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Introduction to Networking Details + Objective

Course Code: itn

You Will Learn
  • Learn how and why networks work rather than focusing on memorization of terms and numbers
  • Be capable of performing basic computer networking tasks
  • Understand the difference between client/server and peer-to peer networks
  • Learn how routers operate
  • Learn to connect to the Internet using broadband connections, configuring a home router, and testing what you’ve done
  • Be well prepared apply your new found knowledge to future changes in networks and networking
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Easily understand how and why computer networking works
  • Have access to an instructor who completely understands networking and can convey that understanding to others
  • Prove helpful in your day to day dealings with computer networks and the Internet
  • Be well prepared for a lifetime of continued learning about networks and networking
Introduction to Networking Outline
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Week 1

In the first lesson you’ll learn how networks have evolved over the last hundred years and by the end of this lesson you’ll have a framework of knowledge that will take you through the rest of the course. Then you will jump right in to networks and networking, and learn how they work.

Week 2

Learn how to tell the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks, and when to use one instead of the other. Then you’ll learn all about the Ethernet.  In addition, you will find out the difference between a star topology and a bus topology and the advantages of each.

Week 3

You will explore how routers operate. You will find out how the Internet can create a global network by interconnection network segment and routing data. Then learn how computers communicate by using something called protocol, which is similar to language.

Week 4

You will learn how networking protocol TCP/IP operates. Then you will learn how the Domain Name System (DNS) uses addresses to direct data to its rightful owner-similar to how we use street addresses.

Week 5

You will look at Wide Area Networks (WANs) and how they compare to Local Area Networks (LANs), and discuss different types of modern WANs. You’ll learn about how data get sent over long distances, and how the Internet changed long-distance network connections. Then you will explore means of connection to remote LANs, and how DSL and cable Internet access works. You will also learn about other ways people connect to the Internet, including wireless and cellular networks.

Week 6

This lesson will allow you to apply many of the concepts you’ve learned so far in this course. You will walk through the process of building a network. You will connect to the Internet using broadband connections, configure a home router, and test what you’ve done. Finally, you will learn how new information about networks and networking can be quickly understood.

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Introduction to Networking Instructors
David Iseminger

David Iseminger is a computer and networking expert and an experienced teacher of networking topics. As a student first and expert second, Iseminger knows which teaching approaches are most effective. Iseminger has worked at Microsoft Corporation as a telecommunications specialist, networking performance analyst, and lead programming writer for cutting-edge network disciplines, including emerging wireless technologies. Iseminger has published 12 computer books with various publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, Macmillan, Microsoft Press, and one ...for Dummies book. His formal education is from the University of Washington where he earned degrees in English and Comparative Literature with a minor in writing. Iseminger earned his MCSE certification in under a month.

Introduction to Networking Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Introduction to Networking Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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