MCT355 - Network Administration Essentials

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Subject Title
Network Administration Essentials

Subject Description
This course will prepare students to work in a network environment along with preparing students to write the Network+ Certification exam offered through CompTIA. The course offers students the opportunity to prepare for the exam while gaining knowledge in networking technologies in various server environments, including Windows 2008 Server and key TCP/IP and networking concepts. The Network+ course provides a comprehensive look at many vendor neutral networking technologies with a focus on topologies, protocols, network implementation, wireless networks, the OSI Model and critical network support concepts. 

Credit Status
 This subject is part of the Network Administrator Recognition of Achievement program.

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

1. Understand the concepts needed to design, configure and implement LANs.
2. Define the OSI model and understand the functions of each layer.
3. Understand the main components/features and characteristics of a LAN.
4. Describe the various strategies of communication, and understand when and how they would be used.
5. Define troubleshooting principles and methodology.
6. Describe common network topologies, cable types and connectors.
7. Understand media access control for Ethernet and wireless LANs.
8. Troubleshoot device drivers.
9. Describe the major operating systems including Windows, Linux/Unix and Macintosh and their characteristics.
10. Describe the architecture of very large networks where server farms and clustering, SANs and NAS and failover capabilities are common.
11. Understand how fault tolerance is implemented in modern networks.
12. Explain TCP/IP and the advantages of its use on a modern network.
13. Install and configure TCP/IP.
14. Use TCP/IP applications.
15. Describe the function of subnet mask and supernetting.
16. Explain the difference between static and dynamic IP routing.
17. Use the TRACERT utility to isolate router or network link problems.
18. Explain how a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) client obtains IP addresses from a DHCP server and install and configure a DHCP relay agent.
19. Understand the situation in which a VPN is appropriate.
20. Appreciate the use of point-to-point, VPN and security protocols such as PPP, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, SSL, and Kerberos.
21. Distinguish between Wan technologies such as T1 lines, ISDN, Frame Relay, X.25 and ATM.
22. Describe the structure and architecture that make up the domain name system (DNS).
23. Describe the contents of the DNS database files.
24. Troubleshoot DNS with NSLOOKUP.
25. Use a protocol analyzer in order to examine communication packets.
26. Describe the role of proxy servers and firewalls in protecting the network.
27. Use Windows utilities for diagnosing and troubleshooting TCP/IP problems.

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 for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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

Section 1: Network Fundamentals

  •   Network Basics
  •   Communication standards
  •   The Physical Network
  •   Network Access
  •   Transportation Protocols
  •   Lab exam: Build a network
  •   Network Services
  •   WAN communications
The network fundamentals section introduces students to LAN terminology, topologies, physical considerations, cabling systems, network standards, and LAN operating systems, as well as corporate and user's view of owning a LAN. Students learn to determine user needs, understand system limits and traffic loads, cable layouts, hardware components, and how to manage LAN configuration. The practical exam for this section requires the student to install a network adapter in a computer, cable the computer into the network hub, load drivers and protocols, share resources and prove the computer is functioning correctly in the network environment.

Section 2: TCP/IP
  • TCP/IP and Windows
  • Data Link Layer and Internet Protocol
  • ICMP, TCP and UDP
  • IP addressing and subnets
  • FTP, Telnet and the World Wide Web
  • DHCP and DNS
  • Build an Intranet classroom exercise
The TCP/IP section provides knowledge of TCP/IP including addressing, routing and subnetting. Students install and configure Windows' TCP/IP client software. Services covered include DHCP, DNS, WINS, routing, FTP and Web servers. The diagnosis and troubleshooting of common TCP/IP problems are also covered. The practical hands on exercises for this section requires the design and installation of a routed TCP/IP network plus DHCP, DNS, FTP and Web servers. 

Mode of Instruction
Inclass: The primary mode of learning will be a combination of lecture and hands-on classroom instruction. Additional modes of instruction will include class discussion, and question and answer periods. 

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.

Prescribed Texts
The following course materials will be provided:
Inclass:Seneca Manual

Online: Lammle, Todd. CompTIA Network + Authorized Study Guide. Publisher Sybex. 3rd Edition. ISBN 978-1-119-02127-8

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
This subject is part of the Network Administrator program.  Those students choosing to pursue the Network Administrator Recognition of Achievement are required to write a final exam.. A mark of 70% or higher is required in the exam in order to obtain a SAT (satisfactory) result.  

10 Assignments worth 10% each
Certification Preparation - No exam offered online. Students arrange own exam through Prometric Testing centre

Approved by: Denis Gravelle