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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

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students will:

    1. Gain understanding of fundamental networking and communications technology, terminology and concepts.
    2. Apply this knowledge in order to read and understand newspaper and magazine articles discussing communications networks.
    3. Develop insight into issues and problems that face telecommunications managers in today's business climate and to evaluate trends for the future.
    4. Understand the role of network layers in the 7 layer OSI model.
    5. Become familiar with standards and their importance in networking.
    6. Differentiate between digital and analog transmission of data.
    7. Learn about error correction and detection algorithms, and routing methodology.
    8. Understand basic LAN and WAN network protocols such as TCP/ IP, Token Ring, Ethernet, ATM.
    9. Identify essential issues in network design, planning and management
    10. 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.


Business Data Communications and Networking, 12th Edition, Jerry FitzGerald, Alan Dennis, Alexandra Durcikova Published by John Wiley and Sons, 2014, ISBN : 978-1-118-89168-1


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.