DCF255 - Data Communications Fundamentals

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Subject Title
Data Communications Fundamentals

Subject Description
This course covers the fundamentals of data communications for computer programmers. Using well-known and widely-used Internet applications and standard networking technology as examples, students will study and learn topics that explain how distributed applications work on a network. In addition, the course's topics and assessments prepare students to design and create software that works effectively in the modern connected world. The intention of the course is to support same-level programming courses, and prepare students for future programming courses which depend upon data communications and networking.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for CPA - Computer Programming and Analysis (Ontario College Advanced Diploma)
Required for CPD - Computer Programmer (Ontario College Diploma)

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

Understand the terminology of data communications and networks to improve comprehension and the ability to explain to others.
Identify network characteristics, and their hardware and software, to enable implementation and configuration tasks.
Use published standards to compose a solution or work plan.
Explain the structure and functionality of the internet and the TCP/IP protocol to improve your computer use and programming skills.
Demonstrate knowledge and use of widely-used applications on the internet to complete common tasks.
Create simple programs that communicate over a network.
Examine security, deployment, and reliability problems to understand an existing system, or to implement a new system.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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