A study of voice and data communications technologies, concepts, and applications, including communications terminology, hardware, software, protocols, and managerial issues in data and voice communications.  Topics will include alternatives available in hardware, software, and transmission facilities, design integration, selection and implementation of communications solutions.  In addition, students will explore the current and future impact and direction of these technologies.  Lab fee $15. Course Fee $15. Undergraduate Catalog. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge Outcomes (KO):

  • KO1: Students will identify appropriate cables and connectors: 
  • KO2: Students will select appropriate wired networking components for a given scenario. 
  • KO3: Students will configure wireless devices appropriately for a given scenario. 
  • KO4: Students will configure network connection settings appropriately for a given scenario. 
  • KO5: Students will configure network services appropriately for a given scenario. 
  • KO6: Students will configure network security appropriately for a given scenario. 
  • KO7: Students will configure networks to facilitate efficient network management. 
  • KO8: Students will use appropriate network troubleshooting techniques for a given scenario.

Skills Outcomes (SO) 

  • SO1: Students will design a logical network design to meet business objectives. 
  • SO2: Students will develop a physical design to meet business objectives. 
  • SO3: Students will construct a wireless design to meet business objectives. 
  • SO4: Students will formulate a risk assessment and develop an appropriate security strategy to mitigate risks to meet business objectives. 

Writing Outcomes (WO) 

  • WO1: Students will develop a professional network proposal to address a business problem. 
Number of credit hours per week 3
Total number of credit hours 3
Course eligibility Compulsory
Presence of students On-campus and on-line


This course is primarily intended for juniors or seniors pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information Systems or a Bachelors of Business Administration. The course is a survey of the telecommunications industry. It discusses the various communications media from copper to fiber, hardware required for each, and appropriateness of use in a variety of scenarios. It also discusses the various standards and standard committees, both national and international, dealing with the telecommunications industry. LANs, MAN, and WANs are presented and discussed from the viewpoint of when to use each, which media to use, and what standards should be observed.  

Compulsory readings

  • West, J. n. (Author of CompTIA Network+ guide to networks), Dean, T., & Andrews, J. (2016). CompTIA Network+ guide to networks. Boston, MA : Cengage Learning, [2016].





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Dr. Schuessler is the Associate Dean of the College of Business at Tarleton State University. Previously serving as the Deparment Head for Marketing and Computer Information Systems, Dr. Schuessler teaches undergradaute and graduate classes in networking, and graduate classes in e-business and the MS-IS capstone course. His research interests revolve about computer security, data breaches, and information systems security effectiveness.