BCS 262: Data Communications
This course is an introduction to the concepts and applications of computer networking and its role in the business world today. Topics include: history of networking and applications, voice and data communications, hardware, transmission, network topologies, network analysis, the OSI model, design, implementation, and management issues. Credits: 3.00
At the completion of this course, students will:
- Gain understanding of fundamental networking and communications technology, terminology and concepts.
- Apply this knowledge in order to read and understand newspaper and magazine articles discussing communications networks.
- Develop insight into issues and problems that face telecommunications managers in today's business climate and to evaluate trends for the future.
- Understand the role of network layers in the 7 layer OSI model.
- Become familiar with standards and their importance in networking.
- Differentiate between digital and analog transmission of data.
- Learn about error correction and detection algorithms, and routing methodology.
- Understand basic LAN and WAN network protocols such as TCP/ IP, Token Ring, Ethernet, ATM.
- Identify essential issues in network design, planning and management
- Number systems including: addition and subtraction of binary numbers; twos complement; conversion from hexadecimal to binary; conversion from binary to hexadecimal; addition and subtraction of hexadecimal numbers.
FitzGerald, Dennis - Business Data Communications and Networking, 11th Edition
Wiley Publishing, ISBN - 9781118086834
At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to apply the basics of data communications technology in learning about and evaluation new technologies. A paper researching a current topic in data communication or networking is required. It is strongly recommended that current articles be assigned to students for discussion and written assignments.