Course Syllabus

CSN 1225 Core Networking

Spring 2012

1.    Instructor Information:

a.    Name                                Mr. Charles Kwiatkowski

b.    E-mail address        


a.    Office hours                      Monday           2:45-5:00

                                          Tuesday          2:45-5:00

                                          Wednesday     2:45-5:00

                                          Thursday         By Appointment Only

                                          Friday              By Appointment Only


Note: Office hours may be held in A330, D109A, or D109B. Check my webcam to see where I am on any particular day.


b.    Contact information          Charles Kwiatkowski

                                          A Building, Room 330


                                          815 North Orlando Smith Road

                                          Oglesby, IL 61348

                                          +1 (815) 408 0876


2.    Course description

The course introduces the student to the essential terminology and basic concepts of networking. These will consist of network components, designs, and physical media. Networking topics will include media, topologies, protocols, networking devices, network design and layouts, basic troubleshooting, security, and documentation.

Lecture, two hours per week; lab, two hours per week.
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3


3.    Course Meeting Times

Section 01 (Day Section)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00PM - 2:40PM, D Building, Room 109A


Section 300 (Night Section)

Tuesdays, 6:00PM - 9:30 PM, D Building, Room 109A


4.    Expected learning outcomes


Outcome 1 – Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to understand of the terminology commonly used in networking.


Competency 1.1 – the student will be able to list the advantages of wired versus wireless connections.

Competency 1.2 – the student will be able to distinguish between client/server and peer-to-peer networks

Competency 1.3 – the student will be able to describe specific uses of home versus business networks



Outcome 2 - Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to design and layout efficient networks.


Competency 2.1 – the student will learn the various network topologies and the when it is appropriate to use each topology.

Competency 2.2 – the student will learn design software packages such as Visio and how it can be used to design and document networks.

Competency 2.3 – the student will be able to explain basic communications concepts.

Competency 2.4 – the student will be able to compare the benefits and limitations of different cabling media (fiber, STP, UTP, wireless).

Competency 2.5 – the student will learn to make patch cables using UTP cabling

Competency 2.6 – the student will identify networking hardware that makes up a LAN/WAN network (hubs, switches, routers, servers, clients).



Outcome 3 - Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of network security.


Competency 3.1 – the student will be able to identify security risks and design security policies to decrease those risks.

Competency 3.2 – the student will be able to identify physical security measures that can be taken.

Competency 3.3 – the student will be able to identify software-based security measures that can be taken.

Competency 3.4 – the student will learn differences between wired and wireless security issues.



Outcome 4 - Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to explain how network communication takes place.


Competency 4.1 – the student will be able to describe the OSI model and identify the seven layers of the model.

Competency 4.2 – the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of specific functions of each of the seven layers of the OSI model.

Competency 4.3 -  the student will be able to discuss the structure and purpose of data and overhead information at different layers of the OSI model.

Competency 4.4 – the student will be able to distinguish between physical addressing and IP addressing and when they are used.



Outcome 5 - Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the job of the network administrator.


Competency 5.1 – the student will be able to understand network management and the importance of establishing document, measurements, and policies.

Competency 5.2 – the student will be able to plan regular hardware and software maintenance schedules.

Competency 5.3 – the student will be able to understand the use of asset management systems to track computers and networking equipment.

Competency 5.4 – the student will be exposed to some network management tools used by network operating systems.



Outcome 6 - Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to solve simple network problems.


Competency 6.1 – the student will be able to use case studies to identify network needs and present network solutions.

Competency 6.2 – the student will be able to use cognitive thinking to resolve simple network problems.

Competency 6.3 – the student will be able to use various software and hardware tools to help resolve network problems.


6.    Disability statement :

If you need support or assistance because of a disability, you may be eligible for academic assistance accommodations through the Disability Services office.  Stop by office B-204 or call Tina Hardy at 815.224.0284 or Judy Mika at 815.224.0350.


Additionally, In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or exams.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to:  Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of these offices. 


7.    Attendance Policy

Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) mandates students attend all class meetings. This includes both lecture and lab. Attendance *may* be taken in the form of a pop quiz, so bring a pencil (or pen) and paper with you to every class. These pop quizzes exist primarily to provide me an assessment of how well you are grasping the course material. Quizzes may be given at the start or end of lecture so be punctual.

IVCC grants the number of credit hours for a class are based on how long you are you are actually in the class. Accordingly, you are expected to attend for the full class meeting time. I have been known to give a quiz at the end of class without a prior announcement. You may be marked as absent if you leave with being excused.

If you come in late and miss roll call, remind me that you were late BEFORE we leave class that day, preferably before I leave the lecturn. Failure to do so will result in you being marked absent for that day. As much as I care about you and your education, I cannot remember whether or not you arrived late after class has ended (ie the next class meeting).

We may do assignments during class. If you miss that class, you will NOT be able to make it up. 

Timely completion of assignments is considered part of attendance. You may be dropped if you miss multiple class meetings or assignments.

Note: You will be called upon in class. Be prepared to answer questions on the current topic and the current reading material. This is part of your obligation.


8.    Assessment of student learning.

Students are assessed by homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Both exams will include a short answers section, and several hands on questions.


9.    Grading:  The grading of the course will fall into 3 categories:



This is where you will develop and apply your knowledge relevant to the topic. There shall be about 1 homework per chapter. Homework will consist of hands-on work, simulator work,  and short answer questions. Each chapter's combined work shall be worth approximately 75 points.


Midterm exam

Based on the Homework. It shall be worth 250 points.


Final Exam

Based on the Homework. It shall be worth 250 points.


Final grade by percentage of possible points

90-100% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

< 60%   F

Note: Grades are not rounded up or down. Example: if you end up with an overall course grade of 89.99%, you have earned a B.


10.  Withdrawal policy

According to IVCC, you may withdraw from this course with instructor permission.

You may withdraw from this course for any reason you like. I shall not shame you nor chide you for dropping the course, but I may inquire why.

Beginning in Fall 2011, students are able to drop without instructor permission. Contact the records office for more details.

Note: Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.

For 16 week classes in Spring 2012:

Tuesday, January 24 is the last day for refund.

Monday, April 9 is the Last Day for Student Withdrawal

Personal advice: Education is not a race. There is no shame in strategic retreat. Drop the class in which you are performing the worst in, not the one you like the least. Always aim to keep your grade point average high as it will take you farther than how long it took you to complete your degree/certificate/program.


11.  Cell phone and text messaging policy.

Calculators, PDA's, Cell Phones, laptops, iPods, and other electronic devices are not allowed during exams and quizzes unless otherwise specified. Failure to comply with these rules will result in ejection from the exam and a grade of F for the exam.


12.  Financial aid statement
Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.


13.  Plagiarism statement/academic honesty

Policies regarding cheating may be found under the heading of “Academic Integrity” in the IVCC Student Handbook.  Students should become familiar with these policies and abide by them. 

Furthermore, don't even think about cheating. Cheating is not tolerated at all.  Although I encourage you to collaborate and discuss ideas and concepts from this class with others, you are responsible for your own work. A common example of cheating is when several students work together on an assignment, typically short-answer questions, and submit answers as a group without EACH individual working on his/her own individual answer.

Another common example of dishonesty is Googling short-answer questions to find answers. This is not an exercise in learning. It is cheating and laziness, pure and simple. The bulk of the answers may be found in the text. Others you should have from TAKING NOTES during lecture. Be warned that I rewrite questions for the exams in order to catch people who simply Google for answers. You WILL be sorry.


When you cheat, you insult my intelligence.


14.  Any classroom rules


Lecture shall begin promptly at the assigned time. Although I do sincerely care, I ask that you refrain from asking me questions while I am at the podium setting up before lecture starts. This is so I can start class on time and also ensures that everyone in class has a chance to hear the question and answer.

You are REQUIRED to read the current chapter BEFORE we discuss it in class. I have been known to give quizzes to ensure compliance.

Questions about HW assignments should be deferred to lab (if possible) . You can expect lecture to last until the assigned end time. Do not immediately begin packing up your belongings before the end of lecture. 

PC Usage

If you have a PC in front of you during lecture, it should be used ONLY for one of two things:

1. Following along with the lecture's slides, code, etc.

2. Working on an in-class assignment.

Do not work on homework while I am lecturing, even for my own class. This is considered rude.

Do NOT "surf", check email, or play games during class. You may be asked to leave if caught doing so. If this continues to be a problem, further action may be taken.

Lab (if applicable)

This is where you are expected to work on your homework and labs. Also, this is where I answer questions about your HW. You may expect to need extra time outside of lab to complete your assignments.

Lab is also where I try to get grading done. Often, I like to call you over during grading so you can better understand why your grade is what it is.

You are expected to bring your textbook(s) to all class meetings and lab.

You may opt to also work on your homework assignments at home. This is fine, but know that:

1. If you have a question or a problem with the assignment, we may not have time to meet to solve your problem before the assignment is due.

2. You are responsible for the operation of your equipment. This means that you will not be given any special treatment if it your hard drive crashes, printer malfunctions, etc.

3. You are still expected to attend lab.

4. People who work on their assignments in lab tend to achieve higher grades than those that work at home.


Three strikes

If you have 3 unexcused absences of any combination class activity, (HW, quiz, lecture, etc.) your may be dropped from the class. Just because you stop showing up for class does not grant you a grade of I (incomplete) or W (withdrawn). You must promptly contact me in order to receive a grade of I or W.



15.  Outline of assignments for the semester

            There shall be approximately 15 assignments, 1 per chapter.

            Each chapter's assignment shall normally contain:

·         a short answer part, which is practice for the exams,

·         work using the LabSim simulation software

·         a hands-on part


16.  Hints on how to be successful in the course

·         Read the book before lecture.

·         After reading the book, pay attention during lecture. If you still don't understand, ask questions. Everyone in class can read. I am paid to answer questions when you don't understand, so please don't hesitate.

·         Do as much work as possible in the lab as possible, because if you have a problem, I am right there to help.

·         Start homework early and keep working until 100% complete. It is IMPOSSIBLE to accurately predict how much debugging is necessary. Waiting until shortly before the assignment is due is a recipe for failure.


17.  Required text and materials

Network+ Guide to Networks, 5th Edition

Tamara Dean

ISBN-10: 1423902459  

ISBN-13: 9781423902454


18.  Additional Resources


·         LabSim for Network+ . This should be bundled with your text from the IVCC bookstore.

·         1GB (min) Flash Drive. This can be used for other classes too.

·         Headset WITH MICROPHONE. Microphone is REQUIRED. You can purchase a basic one from the IVCC bookstore for under $10.



18. Topic Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Week of


Tuesday, January 10

Class Begins
Syllabus Review
Blackboard Login
Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Networking

Tuesday, January 17

Chapter 2 - Networking Standards and the OSI Model.

Tuesday, January 24

Chapter 3 - Transmission Basics and Networking Media.

Tuesday, January 31

Chapter 4 – Introduction to TCP/IP.

Tuesday, February 07

Chapter 5 - Topologies and Ethernet Standards.

Tuesday, February 14

Chapter 6 - Network Hardware.

Tuesday, February 21

Chapter 8 – Wireless Networking.

Tuesday, February 28

Chapter 9 - Network Operating Systems

Tuesday, March 06

Midterm Exam

Tuesday, March 13


Tuesday, March 20

Chapter 11 – Voice, Video, and Data Convergence.

Tuesday, March 27

Spring Break
College Closed

Tuesday, April 03

Chapter 12 - Network Security.

Tuesday, April 10

Chapter 13 - Troubleshooting Network Problems.

Tuesday, April 17

Chapter 14 - Ensuring Integrity and Availability.

Tuesday, April 24

Chapter 15 – Network Management.

Tuesday, May 01

Chapter 10 - In Depth TCP/IP

Tuesday, May 08

Finals Week


19. Important Dates for Spring 2012 Semester

January 3 (T) Staff return

January 9 (M) In-service for Faculty

January 10 (T) CLASSES BEGIN

January 16 (M) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College closed)

January 24 (T) Last day for refund for 16-week classes

February 1 (W) Deadline to Apply for Spring Graduation

February 20 (M) Presidents’ Day (College closed)

March 5 (M) Project Success Registration begins for Summer and Fall

March 6 (T) Grading Day—no classes

March 23 (F) Development Day (no classes)

March 26-March 29 Spring Break for faculty and students (no classes)

March 30 (F) Spring Break for faculty, students & staff (College closed)

April 3 (T) Online registration begins for Summer

April 4 (W) In-person registration begins for Summer

April 5 (R) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Summer

April 9 (M) Last day for student withdrawal for 16-week classes

April 11 (W) Online registration begins for Fall

April 12 (R) In-person registration begins for Fall

April 13 (F) Phone/fax/mail registration begins for Fall

May 2, 3, 8, 14 (WRTM) Evening Semester Exams

May 7, 8, 9,10 (M-R) Day Semester Exams

May 16 (W) Final Grades due in Records Office at 10 am

May 19 (S) Semester Ends/Commencement