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Course Code: ISSC640 Course ID: 3870 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of computer networks and the evolution of modern communication systems. It examines the various layers of the basic reference models such as the five-layer IP model or the seven-layer OSI model, by scale, connection method, network architecture, or topology. This course also includes an in-depth analysis of transmission protocols, communications systems, and networks. Prior knowledge of networks and networking is recommended.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
05/21/2021 - 10/29/2021 11/01/2021 - 12/26/2021 November Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/2021 - 12/03/2021 12/06/2021 - 01/30/2022 December Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/2021 - 12/31/2021 01/03/2022 - 02/27/2022 January Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

  1. Categorize the various communications systems.
  2. Compare the differences between the various network topologies (physical and logical).
  3. Differentiate between the different types of physical media used in local area networks (LANs).
  4. Examine the seven-layer OSI networking model and it’s relation to common protocol stacks.
  5. Analyze the components of a packet (header, body, CRC, etc.).
  6. Compare and contrast major network architectures.
  7. Assess the common network administration and support functions.
  8. Distinguish between the various topologies used in wide area networks (WANs).
  9. Appraise the various network troubleshooting tools and techniques.

The grading will be based on weekly homework assignments, Forum postings, a Case Study, a research paper (outline, final paper), and a final quiz.

  1. There will be eight homework assignments. The assignments and exercise will count as 20% of the final grade. The homework assignments will follow each of the major portions of the course. The weekly assignment will be problems or questions from the weekly readings from the textbook. They are selected to help the student with understanding the concepts discussed in the chapters assigned for reading. Assignments should be prepared in Microsoft Word or an equivalent word processor program and uploaded into the student folder by the due date (or pasted into the submission window).
  2. There will be eight Forum postings you will need to respond to. A main post and at least 2 responses to classmates are required. The main post should be significant (250 words minimum), and should as much as possible include links, references, citations, etc. to enrich the shared learning. The response posts should be around 100 words minimum. You may attack, support or supplement other students’ answers using the terms, concepts and theories from the required and any supplemental readings. All responses should be a courteous paragraph that contains a topic sentence with good supporting sentences. You may respond multiple times with a continuous discussion with points and counter points. The key requirement is to express your idea and then support your position using the terms, concepts and theories from the readings to demonstrate that you understand the material. The Forum postings will count as 20% of the final grade.
  3. There will be one research paper, and a paper outline
  4. There will be a Case Study on modeling
  5. The Week 8 Quiz will be a 75 minute non-proctored examination. It will count as 20% of the final grade. This examination will cover selected sections of the textbook. All questions are either multiple-choice or true-false and will be open book and open note.
NameGrade %
Research 50.00 %
Paper (week 7) 25.00 %
Case Study (week 5) 15.00 %
Paper Outline (Week 4) 10.00 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 2 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 3 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 4 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 5 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 6 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 7 Assignment 2.50 %
Week 8 Assignment 2.50 %
Forums 20.00 %
Week 1 Forum 2.50 %
Week 2 Forum 2.50 %
Week 3 Forum 2.50 %
Week 4 Forum 2.50 %
Week 5 Forum 2.50 %
Week 6 Forum 2.50 %
Week 7 Forum 2.50 %
Week 8 Forum 2.50 %
Quizzes & Bonus 10.00 %
Week 8 Quiz 8.33 %
Bonus 1.67 %
  1. Categorize the various communications systems.
  2. Compare the differences between the various network topologies (physical and logical).
  3. Differentiate between the different types of physical media used in local area networks (LANs).
  4. Examine the seven-layer OSI networking model and it’s relation to common protocol stacks.
  5. Analyze the components of a packet (header, body, CRC, etc.).
  6. Compare and contrast major network architectures.
  7. Assess the common network administration and support functions.
  8. Distinguish between the various topologies used in wide area networks (WANs).
  9. Appraise the various network troubleshooting tools and techniques.
Book Title:Computer Networks and Internets, 6th ed.
ISBN:9780133587937
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Comer, Douglas E.
Unit Cost:$155.26
Electronic ISBN:9780133589139
Electronic Unit Cost:$74.99
 
Book Title:REFERENCE ONLY- Information Security Fundamentals, 2nd edition-This text will be REQUIRED in ISSC661 and ISSC680. This text will be used as a reference only for the other courses in the ISSC program. E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781439810620
Publication Info:Auerbach Publications Lib
Author:Thomas R. Peltier
Unit Cost:$79.95
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.