BCS 208: Introduction to Networks

This course introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications and data through the internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing (IPv4 and IPv6) and Ethernet fundamentals. By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, perform basic configurations for routers and switches and implement IP addressing schemes. The laboratory component of this course will give the students hands-on experience configuring equipment needed to build a LAN. Credits: 3


Sophomore standing

Course Learning Outcomes

In Introduction to Networks, you will gain a basic understanding of the way networks operate. You will learn about network components and their functions, as well as how a network is structured, and the architectures used to create networks, including the internet. But ITN is about more than learning networking concepts. By the end of this course, you will be able to build local area networks (LANs), configure basic settings on routers and switches, and implement internet protocol (IP)

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Configure switches and end devices to provide access to local and remote network resources.
  • Explain how physical and data link layer protocols support the operation of Ethernet in a switched network.
  • Configure routers to enable end-to-end connectivity between remote devices.
  • Create IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes and verify network connectivity between devices.
  • Explain how the upper layers of the OSI model support network applications.
  • Configure a small network with security best practices.
  • Troubleshoot connectivity in a small network.


Please contact your professor for the required text book for this class. The reading materials (Companion Guide as well as the Labs) are online through students' Cisco Netacad accounts.

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Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Last Modified 10/5/23