DCN386 - Advanced Data Communications Technology

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Last revision date Jan 11, 2021 4:12:32 PM
Last review date Jan 11, 2021 4:12:32 PM

Subject Title
Advanced Data Communications Technology

Subject Description
This course is the second in a series of comprehensive courses in the field of Telecommunications and Data Communications. The course introduces students to rudimentary network design through the configuration of switches, routers and other networking devices. In this course, students begin by reviewing Data Communication and its various concepts and technologies. It then focuses on Enhanced Switching and Routing Techniques, WAN Technologies and Network Security.

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC150, COM101, or COM111 (any of them)

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%
  • Examine Various Packet and Cell Switching Technologies and Protocols       
  •         Description of basic services
  •         Comparison with Packet Switched Networks
  •         Congestion Control
  • Initial router configuration, Routed and Routing Protocols - 30%
  •         Security problems
  •         Passwords
  •         Firewalls, and packet filtering
  •         Security Plan
  •         Equipment Placement and Security
  •         Network Software Management Tools
  •         SNMP and Network Performance Evaluation
  • Network Security and Management - 5%
  • Internet Protocols 1 - 5%

Mode of Instruction
2 hours interactive lecture per week.
2 hours lab time per week.

Prescribed Texts

  • CCNA Portable Command Guide 3rd Edition by Scott Empson; ISBN 978-1587204302 published by CISCO Press

Reference Material

  • CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide: Exam 100-105, Exam 200-105, Exam 200-125

Required Supplies

Student Progression and Promotion Policy
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:

  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the final exam
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better for the tests and final exam
  •     Achieve a grade of 50% or better on the overall course
  •     Satisfactorily complete the lab exercises
  •     Achieve a weighted average of 50% or better on all lab tests


Grading Policyhttp://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/grading-policy.html

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/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (https://www.senecacollege.ca/registrar.html).

Modes of Evaluation

Midterm Test 15%
Lab projects (2)
  • Lab project 1 on packet tracer during first half (15%)
  • Lab project 2 on packet tracer during second half (15%)
Quizzes (2 quizzes, one each half @4% each) 8%
Lab work (8 labs - 4% each) 32%
Final Test 15%


Approved by: Suzanne Abraham