Introduction to Networks
3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on networking terminology, technologies, components, and how data is moved in the real-world network environment. Beginning with basics of data communication, students will learn about Protocol Data Unit structure of segments, datagrams, packets and frames. Students build upon network architectures, transmission methods, DCE/DTE interfaces, modulation, and multiplexing. Students will also investigate different types of network media and how they function along with hands-on experiences with the media. This course will help students refine their critical thinking skills as they evaluate various technology topics and concepts while searching for underlying connections between the technology and how to apply those concepts in a lab setting, which is a skill that should be beneficial in any/all types of technology careers. This course will also help students gain hands-on technology literacy which will be of vital significance when making important work-related decisions.