DCF255 - Data Communications Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Data Communications Fundamentals

Subject Description
This course covers the fundamentals of data communications for computer programmers. Using well-known and widely-used Internet applications and standard networking technology as examples, students will study and learn topics that explain how distributed applications work on a network. In addition, the course's topics and assessments prepare students to design and create software that works effectively in the modern connected world. The intention of the course is to support same-level programming courses, and prepare students for future programming courses which depend upon data communications and networking.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

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

Understand the terminology of data communications and networks to improve comprehension and the ability to explain to others.
Identify network characteristics, and their hardware and software, to enable implementation and configuration tasks.
Use published standards to compose a solution or work plan.
Explain the structure and functionality of the internet and the TCP/IP protocol to improve your computer use and programming skills.
Demonstrate knowledge and use of widely-used applications on the internet to complete common tasks.
Create simple programs that communicate over a network.
Examine security, deployment, and reliability problems to understand an existing system, or to implement a new system.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

ULI101 or IPC144 or CPR101

Topic Outline
Study and explore widely-used data communications networks
The role of standards, and a study of modern standards

  • The Internet
  • TCP/IP
  • Seven-layer model
Understanding networks
  • Physical layer
  • Data link layer
  • Internet layer
Switching and routing
Studying Ethernet, wired and wireless
Network security issues

Mode of Instruction
Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 3
Room configuration: Computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Fall, Winter, and Summer terms

Prescribed Texts
No textbook required, we will use authoritative online resources

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Modes of Evaluation

Assignments 30%
Tests, small-value 35%
Test, mid-term 15%
Final exam 20%

Approved by: Sharon Estok