Course Description

Technical, design, and management issues related to enterprise computer networking. In-depth investigations of TCP/IP Internet work protocols and popular network technologies including Ethernet and Wireless. Hands-on experience with protocol analysis, network management, and security.



Professor of Record


Students who desire to gain a deep understanding of computer networking and who desire to achieve Cisco certification in routing and switching.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the devices and services that are used to support communications across networks  

  • Use network models to explain the layers of communications in data networks 

  • Explain the role of protocols in data networks 

  • Describe the protocols and services provided by the OSI and TCP/IP models 

  • Interpret network diagrams

  • Explain the critical role routers play in enabling communications across multiple networks 

  • Explain the route lookup process and determine the path packets will take in the network.

  • Describe the network discovery process of distance vector routing protocols such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP) 

  • Describe the basis features and concepts of link-state routing protocols 

  • Describe the purpose, nature, and operations of the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Routing Protocol 

  • Describe the purpose, nature, and operations of internet’s Border Gateway Routing Protocol (BGP) 

  • Describe today’s increasing network security threats and explain the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats

  • Describe standards associated with wireless media (IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC) 
  • Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network. (SSID, BSS, ESS) 
  • Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA security(open, WEP, WPA-1/2)
  • Describe VPN technology (importance, benefits, role, impact, components)

Course Syllabus

IST 452 Spring 2021 Syllabus - Jeffrey Girard

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