• Computer Systems & Networking Course Syllabus



    Course Description

    Coursework is divided up into two parts. Part 1 - Computer Systems prepares students to install computer systems, analyze and repair system malfunctions, and install software. Students will learn entry-level computer hardware concepts including basic electronics, diagnosing of computer systems, proper use of test equipment and tools, testing operating systems and implementing malware solutions. The curriculum includes hands-on labs in which students design and assemble a computer from components, configure peripherals and apply anti-malware tools. Part 2 - Networking covers networking technologies, systems, tools and skills necessary to configure and troubleshoot modern networks. The course includes hands-on labs which develop technical ability in the areas of media, topologies, addressing, protocols, network implementation and wireless standards.



    Learning Objectives:

    Upon conclusion, students will be able to:

       Define and understand technical vocabulary and acronyms

       Compute binary and hexadecimal numbers

       Understand the history of computing and development of operating systems

       Identify all parts of a PC and define interaction of PC components.

       Install, remove, upgrade, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware

       Compare and configure Windows and Linux desktop operating systems

       Identify types of malware and apply best practices for secure computing

       Identify the basic components of network theory

       Identify the components, major services and protocols deployed on tcp/ip networks

       Configure network ip addressing and subnetting

       Implement wireless networking components into a LAN

       Implement components and routers into a WAN

       Use tools and techniques in network troubleshooting




    1.           Electricity and Computers

    1.1.                      Safety principles and procedures

    1.2.                      Electrostatic discharge (ESD)

    1.3.                      Binary and Hexadecimal numbers

           Labs: Component Matching Tag Team Activity, Counting Binary on Hands, Flashlight Binary, Magic Binary Cards, Hexadecimal conversion


    2.           Basic PC Components

    2.1.                      Identify external ports and their function

    2.2.                      Characteristics of storage media types - optical, magnetic, solid state

    2.3.                      Random Access Memory - static vs dynamic

    2.4.                      Power supply and case

    •       Labs: Cisco Virtual Desktop Program, Scavenger Hunt for Peripherals, Hard Drive Deconstruction, Memory Module ID Spoons game, Power Connector Matching, Find a Cool Case, Intro to Lab PCs, Memory Installation.


    3.           Internal PC Components

    3.1.                      Motherboard and Bus

    3.2.                      Expansion slots

    3.3.                      Processors

    •       Labs: Baseline comparison of CPUs, Expansion Card installation,. Part 2 of student PC Construction,

    •       Project: Evaluate and compare purchase cost of PC components


    4.           Booting Up

    4.1.                      Partition vs Format of storage media

    4.2.                      File system comparisons

    4.3.                      POST, BIOS and CMOS

    4.4.                      Troubleshooting error codes

    4.5.                      Field Replaceable Units in laptops

    •       Labs: Partition/format drives, Motherboard drivers installation, Error code testing,

    •       Project: Desktop vs Laptop - contrast size and function; combine with Laptop Deconstruction activity


    5.           Operating Systems

    5.1.                      Compare and contrast Win 7, 10, Ubuntu and Mac

    5.2.                      Working in Command Line - Windows

    5.3.                      Working in Command Line - Linux

    •       Labs: Windows OS Installation, Writing Batch Files, Terminus Linux game

    •       Project: video to highlight 3 characteristics of chosen OS


    6.           Malware

    6.1.                      Define malware types and examine evolution history

    6.2.                      Secure password construction

    6.3.                      Techniques for repairing malware infestation

    6.4.                      Best practices for securing a computer

    •       Labs: Malware Symantec Lookups, Keylogger Manual File Removal, Anti-malware tools, Wireless LAN configuration & Security implemention

    •       Project: Passphrase Poster




    7.           Basic Network Models and Components

    7.1.                      Topologies

    7.2.                      Client server vs peer to peer

    7.3.                      Wiring media and standards - UTP, Coaxial, Fiber, Ethernet

    7.4.                      Central connectivity devices - hubs, switches, routers

    •       Labs: Construct Cat5 cable, Walljack to Panel Wiring, File sharing in P2P and Server based networks.



    8.           Addressing and Naming in Networks

    8.1.                      OSI Layers and Encapsulation

    8.2.                      MAC addresses (Layer 2)

    8.3.                      IP addressing (Layer 3) - static vs dynamic

    8.4.                      Name Resolution - hosts, DNS, FQDN and URLs

    •       Labs: Use of Mnemonics for Memorization & OSI Mnemonic poster, Wireshark Packet Capture and Analysis, IPv4 custom subnetting.



    9.           Media Access and IEEE Standards

    9.1.                      Collision and Broadcast domains

    9.2.                      Wireless standards

    9.3.                      CSMA/CA, CSMA/CD

    9.4.                      Speed / Media / Topology characteristics of IEEE Standards

    •       Labs: Wireless LAN configuration, Securing the Wireless Network, Creating Collisions



    10.      Network Protocols and Services

    10.1.                 Function, purpose and port numbers of selected protocols in TCP/IP Suite

    10.2.                 UDP vs TCP (Layer 4) - 3 way handshake

    10.3.                 Virtual LANS and Layer 3 Switching Capabilities

    10.4.                 Routing protocols and router configuration for WAN connectivity

    •       Labs: Esim 5 router configuration, VLAN implementation, Wireshark Advanced Packet Analysis

    •       Project: Configure Windows Server 2008 into a virtual machine with services - DHCP, DNS, FTP, Web, Active Directory and Telnet. Attach Win7 and Win10 VMs to domain and test all protocols. Add Windows Server 2003 to provide email services.



    11.      Troubleshooting & Basic Network Security

    11.1.                 Best Practices - steps for troubleshooting

    11.2.                 Software tools - tracert, ping, netstat, ipconfig, nslookup

    11.3.                 Hardware tools - loopback, tone generator, beep codes, link lights

    11.4.                 Network Security Devices - firewall, IDS, IPS and VPN

    •       Project: build a WAN - all class cooperative project to integrate all networking components into a group of small LANs all connected by routers into a WAN.

    •       Project Part 2: Secure the LAN



    Additional methods for reinforcement of concepts


    •       Quia.com online activities and quizzes

    •       Jeopardy & Dingo game challenges

    •       Flyswatter Acronym game to reinforce technical vocabulary

    •       Computer History - PBS Movie: Triump of the Nerds

    Project - Research and present Where Are They Now? on assigned person from movie.



    Textbook: None





    Grading - Marking Period

    Participation*                         8%

    Homework                          15%

    Labs                                     32%

    Quizzes/Projects                      45%

    Final Grade


    Each Marking Period = 22.5% Cumulative Final Exam = 10%



    *Participation - students start each semester with participation points awarded. The following will result in loss of points:

    •       breaking classroom rules such as being disruptive, tardy, using cellphone, etc.

    •       putting away classroom equipment improperly

    •       other as per discretion of instructor