Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

CENT 240 - Computer Networking II (4)

  • Prerequisite: CENT 140

This is an intermediate course in computer networking. Hierarchical and scalable network design concepts are introduced. Topics include LAN redundancy, link aggregation, wireless LANs, OSPF, EIGRP, WAN technologies, point to point connections, Frame Relay, NAT, options for broadband WAN connections, remote access connections and security using VPNs and IPSec, and network monitoring and troubleshooting. This course helps to prepare the student for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching exam.

3 hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CENT 240, the student will be able to:

  • Describe problems caused by redundancy in switched networks.
  • Describe the purpose and operation of spanning tree protocol, first hop redundancy protocols, link aggregation, and EtherChannel.
  • Describe wireless LAN technologies, standards, infrastructure and topologies, media access methods, security threats and security mechanisms.
  • Configure and troubleshoot wireless routers and clients.
  • Describe concepts of EIGRP and OSPF routing protocols.
  • Describe and manage Cisco IOS image files and licensing.
  • Describe structured engineering principles for network design and various network design models, such as the hierarchical network design model and various modular network design models.
  • Describe WAN technology options, concepts, and operation including point-to-point serial communications, HDLC, Point-to-Point Protocol, Frame Relay, Network Address Translation, broadband connectivity, and remote access connections and security.
  • Describe network monitoring options and operation, troubleshooting strategies and methods, and document network configuration and performance baselines.
  • Perform configuration of routers and switches including basic device configurations, STP, EtherChannel, HSRP, OSPF, EIGRP, HSRP, HDLC and Point-to-Point protocol, Frame Relay, NAT, VPN tunneling, and network monitoring

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