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ITNT 1500 - Principles of Networking

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly ITCS 1500 and ITCS 1510)

ITNT 1500 introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of networking. It focuses on the terminology and technologies found in current networking environments. Topics include internetworking protocols and communication methods, network media, troubleshooting and configuration utilities, basics of network design and network management.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Describe elements used to communicate on a network.


  1. Define key networking terms.
  2. Describe the physical addressing of devices.
  3. Describe the logical addressing of devices.

Outcome 2: Distinguish between network types.


  1. Explain the similarities and differences between network topologies.
  2. Choose the appropriate network device to use in a given situation.
  3. Choose the appropriate network media to use in a given situation.

Outcome 3: Explain how devices communicate using TCP/IP.


  1. Differentiate between connection-oriented and connectionless protocols.
  2. Explain the purpose of different communication protocols.

Outcome 4: Configure devices on a network.


  1. Gather information about a network from a client device.
  2. Configure the basic network properties of a client device.
  3. Subnet a network.

Outcome 5: Explain the key elements in managing a network.


  1. Describe the value of network documentation.
  2. Recognize the importance of a network security policy.
  3. Describe the purpose of a change management process.
  4. Describe the basics of managing network devices.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES

  1. Introduction and Overview
    1. What are networks and why do we need them
    2. History of the internet
  2. Network Architectures and Standards
    1. Standards bodies (example: IEEE)
    2. OSI Reference Model
    3. TCP/IP
  3. Internetworking
    1. TCP/IP
    2. IP Addressing (IPv4 and IPv6)
    3. MAC Addresses
    4. Subnetting
    5. DNS
    6. DHCP
    7. Network Address Translation (NAT and PAT)
    8. Ethernet including CSMA/CD
    9. Wireless including CSMA/CA
    10. Three-way handshake
  4. Data communication fundamentals
    1. Analog and digital transmissions
    2. Wired media types (example: fiber, UTP)
    3. Wireless media standards (example: 802.11b/g/n, WiMAX)
    4. Network components (NIC, switch, router)
  5. Network Classification
    1. LANs and WANs
    2. Topology types (bus, star, ring, mesh)
    3. Network types (client/server, server/server, peer/peer)
  6. Introduction to Protocols
    1. Connectionless vs. Connection-oriented protocols
    2. Protocol functions in relation to the OSI model
  7. Communications Circuits
    1. Leased circuits
    2. Packet-switched connections
    3. Circuit-switched connections
  8. Wide Area Networks
    1. Topology
    2. Routing traffic
    3. Specific WAN systems
  9. Network utilities
    1. Command-line interface utilities (Example: PING, TRACERT, NSLOOKUP)
    2. Configuring network settings on an end-user device
  10. Network Security
    1. Encryption types
    2. Network attack types (example: denial of service)
    3. Malware types (example: virus, Trojan horse)
    4. Firewalls
    5. Intrusion detection/prevention
  11. Network Design
    1. Availability
    2. Redundancy
    3. Quality of Service
  12. Network Management
    1. SNMP
    2. Backup strategies
  13. Network Troubleshooting
    1. Basic strategies
    2. Basic tools
    3. Introduction to Wireshark

Primary Faculty
Nabozny, Keith
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Evans-Mach, Patrick
Balsamo, Michael

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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