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Summary

Examines the management and utilization of data communication technologies including technical components, configurations, applications, protocols, legal issues, software and management issues, Local Area Network (LAN) technologies and security issues. Lab fee $15. Graduate Catalog

Learning outcomes

Knowledge Outcomes (KO) 

  • Students will identify appropriate cables and connectors: 

  • Students will select appropriate wired networking components for a given scenario. 

  • Students will configure wireless devices appropriately for a given scenario. 

  • Students will configure network connection settings appropriately for a given scenario. 

  • Students will configure network services appropriately for a given scenario. 

  • Students will configure network security appropriately for a given scenario. 

  • Students will configure networks to facilitate efficient network management. 

  • Students will use appropriate network troubleshooting techniques for a given scenario. 

Skills Outcomes (SO) 

  • Students will design a logical network design to meet business objectives. 

  • Students will develop a physical design to meet business objectives. 

  • Students will construct a wireless design to meet business objectives. 

  • Students will formulate a risk assessment and develop an appropriate security strategy to mitigate risks to meet business objectives. 

  • Students will evaluate the economic role of a network within an organization and determine its financial impact using appropriate financial metrics. 

  • Students will develop a network management plan that insures the network maintains high functionality over its life-cycle. 

Values Outcomes (VO) 

  • Students will emotionally engage in class. 

  • Students will physically engage in class. 

  • Students will cognitively engage in class. 

  • Students will cognitively engage outside of class.

Writing Outcomes (WO) 

  • Students will collaboratively 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-line

Storyline

This is a fast paced course that blends theory and practice, culminating in a network project submitted at the end of the semester.

Compulsory readings

  • Business Data Communications & Networking, FitzGerald, Dennis, and Durcikova, 13th Edition.
  • TestOut: Network Pro course

Prerequisites

A general understanding of management, hardware, and software and a passion for learning about technology 

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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.

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