This course studies hardware and software functions of telecommunication systems. Topics include both voice and data aspects of telecommunication systems, including terminology, interfaces, protocols, transmission media, networks and networking technologies. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab/wk.
Associated Costs: These are additional (out-of-pocket) expense considerations that students should expect in addition to the course tuition, fees, and textbooks. $10 TO 30.
Prerequisite or corequisite: ELEC 130
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Explain telecommunications in terms of the various hardware components that are used in a complete system.
- Define telecommunications terminology.
- Explain standards and how they apply to telecommunications.
- Build a telephone and explain how a telephone set works.
- Identify the basic components used in a telephone network.
- Explain the basics of networking in a personal computer environment.
- Identify and explain the uses of various networking components.
- Distinguish between basic models of the theoretical network.
- Defend the current trends in real world networking technologies as applied in today's office environment.
- Explain fiber optics in terms of its advantages and disadvantages.
- Describe all media used in telecommunication.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. The Telephone Set A. Describe the basic functions of an analog telephone set. B. Describe the basic functions of a cordless telephone set. C. Describe the basic functions of a cellular telephone. II. The Telephone Network A. Define local loop. B. Describe line characteristics. C. Define PSTN. D. Explain media for trunks. III. Basic Networking Technologies A. Define computer networking. B. Explain the difference between clients, servers and peers. C. Describe the five basic network topologies and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. D. Identify basic networking media, including a situation in which each would be appropriate. E. List the basic network protocols and define the characteristics of each. F. Explain the basic principles of network design. IV. Network Components A. List the various types of signal transmissions and the advantages and disadvantages of each. B. Compare and contrast the basic network media types. C. Explain the differences among basic cable media. D. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of various wireless media. E. Define network adapters and explain the process they play in networking computers. V. The Theoretical Network A. Describe the OSI and 802 theoretical networking models. B. Explain how the theoretical models relate to the real world. C. Describe networking components within the OSI framework. VI. Real World Networks A. Describe how Ethernet networks function and their advantages and disadvantages. B. Contrast Token Ring networks with Ethernet networks. C. Explain FDDI and its various uses. D. Compare the application of ATM to real world networks. VII. Local Area Network Design A. Explain how the size of the network affects the choices of hardware and software that you will make. B. List the advantage and disadvantages of each of the basic networking technologies within a Local Area Network. C. Contrast the types of physical cabling and offer examples in which each type might be used. VIII. Network Server Configuration A. Describe how server hardware interacts with server software. B. Outline the steps in installing a server. C. Identify methods of sharing printers across a Local Area Network. D. Compare and contrast the various types of network applications. E. Describe a client-server and explain its uses. IX. Network Client Configuration A. Give examples of the various operating systems that can be used on a client. B. Explain the basics of network adapter cards. C. Describe how a client can use the resources of a server. D. Outline the basics of troubleshooting client problems. X. Local Area Network Administration A. Describe the job responsibilities of the network administrator. B. List the components of a network environment as related to users and groups. C. Define network security and explain why it is so important in the networked environment. D. Describe methods for managing your network environment. XI. Remote Access A. Explain how modems work and their purpose. B. Describe at least three types of modems. C. Compare the two basic carriers for modem signals. D. Describe remote access software and explain its ramifications to an organization. XII. Networks Expansion A. List the hardware required to expand networks and explain the purpose of each one. B. Describe the process for connecting multiple networks. XIII. Wide Area Networks A. Explain the basics of a Wide Area Network and contrast it with a Local Area Network. B. Describe the two basic public network services. C. Compare and contrast the three basic types of network switching. D. List the types of network lines that might be encountered in a real work network. E. Explain the uses for X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, ISDN, FDDI and SONET. F. Experiment with routers. XIV. Network Troubleshooting A. Explain methods of proactively preventing problems. B. List the basic methods of troubleshooting a network problem. C. Identify where you might find resources for troubleshooting network problems. D. Describe various diagnostic tools used in troubleshooting networks.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Percentages not to exceed: Tests 60% of grade Exercises/Quizzes 15% of grade Lab 25% of grade 100% Grading Scale: 90-100% = A 80- 89% = B 70- 79% = C 60- 69% = D Below 59% = F
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