ITNW 1325 – Fundamentals of Networking (HYBRID)
Student Syllabus

Course Number:                    ITNW 1325

Term, Year:                           Fall 2012

Class Location:                      D.209

Class Meeting Times:            1:00 - 2:45 pm   Wed

Instructor:                              Ron Bonnette

Office:                                                D.200A

Telephone:                             979-230-3394 (Voicemail available)


Web Site:                      

Overview of the Course:

This three-credit course serves as a general introduction for students to acquire a foundation in current network technologies for local area networks, (LANs), wide area networks, (WANs), and the Internet. It provides an introduction to the hardware, software, terminology, components, design, and connections of a network, as well as the topologies, and protocols for LANs. It covers LAN-user concepts and the basic functions of system administration and operation. The course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on labs.

This is a theory based course and is the foundation for the Advanced Networking, CPMT2449 and Network Hardware ITNW2313 courses.

This is a HYBRID course meaning the “lecture” part of the course will be online and the lab portion will be face-to-face in a regular classroom.

Required Texts:

Network +  Guide to Networks (5th Ed) by Tamara Dean,

Course Technology, Cengage Learning, 2010.

ISBN-13: 978-1-423-90245-4


Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, with appropriate study, you will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a network and determine the type of network design most appropriate for a given site.
  • Identify the different media used in network communications, distinguish among them, and determine how to use them to connect servers and clients in a network.
  • Differentiate among networking standards, protocols, and access methods and determine which is most appropriate for a given network.
  • Recognize the primary network architectures, identify their major characteristics, and determine which is most appropriate for a proposed network.
  • Identify the primary functions of network operating systems and distinguish between a centralized computing environment and a client/server environment.
  • Determine how to implement and support the major networking components, including the server, operating system, and clients.
  • Propose a system for adequately securing data on a given network and protecting the system’s components.
  • Distinguish between LANs and wide-area networks (WANs) and identify the components used to expand a LAN into a WAN.
  • Determine how to implement modems in the larger LAN/WAN environment.
  • Identify strategic LAN support tools and resources and determine how to use them in troubleshooting basic network problems.


Student Contributions:

Students are expected to read the textbook and complete all lab assignments. Students who are absent more than 20% of the total number of class days will be withdrawn from the course. Students who are habitually tardy will have ½ day absence counted for every time they are tardy or leave class early, this will be counted in the 20%.


College policy states:  “Students at Brazosport College are expected to attend class regularly. No unexcused absences or ‘cuts’ are allowed...Students are responsible for all class work done during any absence.”


Withdrawal policy:

Students who are absent more than 20% of the total number of class days will be withdrawn from the course. Students who are habitually tardy will have ½ day absence counted for every time they are tardy or leave class early, this will be counted in the 20%.




Final grades are determined through a weighted average of test, lab assignments, and final examinations. Your final grade in the course will be based on the following:

Laboratory assignments         20%

Tests                                      55%

Final examination                  25%


Attendance and Assignments:         

Attendance in this course is critical.  Some labs require altering the software or equipment in ways that may prevent the lab conditions from being recreated after the class has moved on to a new lab.  These missed labs may not be made up after the class has started a new lab and can result in you receiving a zero for that lab.  If you are absent on a lab day, please contact the instructor as soon as possible to see if you can access the classroom outside of class hours and catch up to the class.

   All work assignments and labs are due at the beginning of the next class unless specifically extended by the instructor.  Late assignments will be reduced by 20 points for every class day that they are late.


Quizzes and Makeup Tests:

There are no Make-up tests. Quizzes will be given throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, all of the quiz scores will be averaged together and the resulting score will be counted for the first missed test (makeup test).  If you miss a second test it is a zero. If you have not missed a test the quiz average may be used to replace the lowest test score. There are NO MAKEUP QUIZZES. If you are absent on the day of a quiz, you will receive a zero for that quiz score.