Course Description

Overview of technology, standards, implementation and management of digital computer networks. Wired and wireless local and wide area networks, Internet protocols, telecommunications, and network security. Includes weekly labs.



Professor of Record

"Pavel" Md Tariqual Islam


IST 233 is a core required information technology course for the iSchool's Bachelor of Science in Information Management and Technology. It is also one of the technology course options for the minor in Information Management and Technology. Students in other academic programs also take IST 233 to better understand how the Internet works.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic design and operation of the Internet, including the key design principles of interoperability, scalability, and high-availability and the software and hardware components used to provide Internet access and cloud services.
  2. Describe how open industry standards and protocols serve as a foundation for innovation and competition in the global Internet ecosystem.
  3. Describe the major security vulnerabilities associated with computer networks and the policies, protection strategies and tools that can be used to avoid or mitigate these threats.
  4. Explain key management issues related to networks, systems, and security, and describe the five dimensions of the FCAPS network management model.
  5. Explain and demonstrate how content/information is encoded and transmitted as a sequence of network packets transported across physical network media, including copper cables, fiber-optics, and radio channels.
  6. Describe and configure software and hardware required to support and troubleshoot network services using Ethernet and Wi-Fi local area network technologies.
  7. Explain how the telephone system has been transformed from landline phones using simple voice analog signaling to mobile systems using digital signaling to support multimedia.
  8. Describe the role Internet Service Providers (ISP's) and telecommunication carriers play in delivering wide area network services to homes and enterprises.
  9. Explain the fundamental characteristics of packet-switched data networks and the key Internet protocols that make up the TCP/IP communications suite.
  10. Describe the relationship between the Internet infrastructure and key networked application architectures.

Course Syllabus

IST 233 Spring 2021 Syllabus- Pavel Islam

IST 233 Fall 2021 Syllabus- Bruce Boardman

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