BTN410 - Data Communications - Networks

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Subject Title
Data Communications - Networks

Subject Description
This course provides a technical foundation in data communications and network technology. It introduces the various media used along with the main techniques employed to provide reliable and efficient communications. It describes the major transmission systems and networks from Local to Wide Area Networks along with the equipment and techniques used to interconnect them. In addition, the course covers the TCP/IP protocol suite and a number of Internet technologies.

Credit Status
1 credit in the BSD program.

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

  •     conduct guided research into selected areas of networking technology, using both Internet and print sources
  •     illustrate basic networking concepts using diagrams
  •     apply networking terminology in written exercises
  •     discuss the purpose of several technologies that use TCP/IP, such as Telnet, FTP, and DHCP
  •     explain the basic concepts and techniques involved in transporting data across a network
  •     explain the security considerations involved in transporting data across a network
  •     explain the devices and protocols used to create various kinds of networks
  •     explain the reliability considerations involved in transporting data across a network
  •     explain the key concepts of TCP/IP and Internet Addressing
  •     apply appropriate terminology to explain networking concepts to various audiences
  •     explain the operation of a WAN, including dial-up vs. leased lines, and various switching technologies involved

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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