CCN501 - Networking Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Networking Fundamentals

Subject Description

This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Credit Status
1 full credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Describe the devices and services used to support communications in data networks and the Internet
  • Describe the role of protocol layers in data networks
  • Describe the importance of addressing and naming schemes at various layers of data networks in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Design, calculate, and apply subnet masks and addresses to fulfill given requirements in IPv4 and IPv6 networks
  • Explain fundamental Ethernet concepts such as media, services, and operations 
  • Build a simple Ethernet network using routers and switches
  • Use Cisco command-line interface (CLI) commands to perform basic router and switch configurations
  • Utilize common network utilities to verify small network operations and analyze data traffic
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a network technician / technologist.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Exploring the Network
•LANs, WANs, and the Internet
•The Network as a Platform
•The changing network environment
Configuring a Networkoperating System
•IOS Bootcamp
•Addressing schemes
Network Protocols and Communications
•Rules of communication
•Network protocols and standards
•Moving data in the network
Network Access
•Physical layer protocols
•Network media
•Data-link layer protocols
•Media access control
•Ethernet protocol
•Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
•LAN switches
Network Layer
•Network layer protocols
•Routers and routing
•Configuring a Cisco router
Transport Layer
•Transport layer protocols
•TCP and UDP
IP Addressing
•IPv4 addressing
•IPv6 addressing
•Connectivity verification
Subnetting IP Networks
•Subnetting an IPv4 network
•Addressing schemes
•Design consideration for IPv6 addressing
Application Layer
•Application layer protocols
•Application layer services
It’s a Network
•Create and grow
•Keeping the network safe
•Basic network performance
•Managing IOS configuration files
•Integrated Routing service

Mode of Instruction
This course is offered online.  This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
Distant Learning students please refer to addendum. 
It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided online or in class. Students will not be able to access anything posted as of the last day of the student’s class.
Platform:  Blackboard

Prescribed Texts

Title: Introduction to Networks Companion Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Edition: 2014
ISBN10: 1-58713-316-4

Required Supplies
This course is run through:
Cisco Academy NetSpace
Material(s) required for completing this course:
Current Version of Packet Tracer
Any computer that has Internet connectivity; Any word processing package (eg: Word), software will be provided free for download

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Assignments 25%
Discussions 5%
Tests 30%
Lab Test 20%
Final Test  - Online - no invigilation 20%

Approved by: Sharon Estok