DCN386 - Advanced Data Communications Technology

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Subject Title
Advanced Data Communications Technology

Subject Description
This course is the second of a three-part comprehensive introduction to the Fields of Telecommunications and Data Communications. The course introduces students to networking technologies to design networks and configure routers. In this course, students begin by reviewing Data and Voice Communication and its various concepts and technologies. It then focuses on Packet and Circuit Switching, and WAN Technologies.

Credit Status
1 Credit for CNS/CTY Program

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

1. Recognize how networking technologies evolve by identifying the Data Communications Standards and related organizations that govern them.

2. Examine Data Communications concepts to establish foundational knowledge of network operations.

3. Perform network configuration, cabling, diagnostics, and troubleshooting to support common LAN and WAN technologies and protocols.

4. Examine basic network design, documentation and cabling techniques to diagnose and troubleshoot small to mid-sized networks.

5. Configure devices and protocols for Internet connectivity.

6. Perform router and switch configuration to ensure data connectivity between networks.

7. Configure network protocol addressing to connect network devices.

8. Configure network security to protect data and network resources.

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.


Topic Outline

Review of prerequisite material 5%
  • OSI reference model, LANs and IP addressing, Physical, Data Link,
    Network, Transport, Session, Presentation, Application layers
Data and Voice Communication and its various concepts and technologies 25%

WAN Technologies 20%
  • WAN offerings; Circuit Switching and Packet Switching
  • Examine Various Packet and Cell Switching Technologies and Protocols
    (ISDN, X.25, Frame Relay, ATM)
  • Frame Relay Circuits
  • Description of basic services
  • Comparison with Packet Switched Networks
  • Congestion Control
Beginning router configuration, Routed and Routing Protocols 30%

Network Security and Management 5%
  • Security problems
  • Passwords
  • Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses etc.
  • Firewalls, and packet filtering
  • Encryption/Enciphers and PGP
  • Security Plan
  • Equipment Placement and Security
  • Network Software Management Tools
  • SNMP and Network Performance Evaluation
Internet Protocols 1 5%

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced
by assigned readings and assignments between classes. 

It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the student’s class.

Prescribed Texts
CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide: Exam 640-802, 8th edition
by Todd Lammle, Sybex(John Wiley & Sons), ISBN#9781118749616

Reference Material
CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide, 3rd Edition
By Scott Empson, Pearson, ISBN#9781587204302

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
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written materials should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation.


  • Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.
  • Computer assignments should be documented to the instructor's standards.
  • Assignments must be handed in on the scheduled due date. Late assignments are penalized.
  • For particulars, please obtain standards, dates, etc. from your instructor.
Absenteeism and Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism will impact on their ability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • If you miss a test, you must provide the reason in writing to the instructor prior to the next scheduled class. If your reason is accepted, you will be permitted to write a make-up test. Otherwise, you will be given a zero for the test. You must submit an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time of expected absence and the specific reason for your absence, or other appropriate documentation.
Term Work and Final Exam
  • Students must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on term work and the final exam. Students must pass the final exam in order to pass the subject
  • For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices. 

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Labs/Assignments (minimum 2)
Tests (minimum 2) 35%
Final Exam 30%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle