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CSIS 202 - Networks and Data Communications
Instructor: Bill Bennett, MCSE, MCP, CCNA, CIW
Office: Room 608a (in Multimedia building) Hours
Office Phone: 951.639.5530
Assistant's Phone (Kaye): 951.639.5523
Web Site:

Text: No Text Required - We will be using the online content from the Cisco Academy Website.


Cisco Network Academy Website:

Course Description:
This course introduces students to fundamental data communication concepts including voice and data communications, networking hardware, the OSI model, and network design. Network management and security issues are also covered. This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning about data communications and networking as well as the career options that are available in these fields.
Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:
Reading Assignment and Assessment Schedule:
Class Dates
Chapter to have read by class date
Oct. 16
Syllabus, CIS Programs, Introductions
Oct. 18
Chapter 1: The Data Communications Industry
Quiz 1
Oct. 23
Chapter 2: Data Communications Concepts
Quiz 2
Oct. 25
Chapter 3: Basic Data Communications Technology
Quiz 3
Oct. 30
Demonstration: How to Build a CAT 5 Patch Cable
Nov. 1
Chapter 4: Local Area Networks
Quiz 4
Nov. 6
Chapter 5: Voice Communications Concepts and Technology
Quiz 5
Nov. 8
Chapter 6: Wide Area Networking Concepts, Architectures, and Services
Nov. 13
Chapter 7: Local Area Network Communications Protocols
Quiz 7
Nov. 15
Chapter 8: Advanced TCP/IP Network Design
Quiz 8
Nov. 20
Demonstration: How to Design a Multi-Segmented TCP/IP Network
Nov. 22
Chapter 9: Local Area Network Operating Systems and Remote Access
Quiz 9
Nov. 27
Chapter 10: The Network Development Life Cycle
Quiz 10
Nov. 29
Chapter 11: Network Management
Dec. 4
Chapter 12: Network Security
Quiz 12
Dec. 6
Review for final exam.

Final Exam

All quizzes will be taken online using the Blackboard CMS. You have until 11:55 P.M. 1 week after the quiz becomes active to complete it. You can take the quizzes as many times as you'd like, but remember only your final score will be recorded. The Final Exam will also be administered using the Blackboard CMS and will be active until 11:55 P.M. on December 15th.You will only have one opportunity to complete the Final Exam. Quizzes and the Final Exam will not be reactivated unless you notify your instructor in advance of the deadline that you are having any problems.

Skills Assessments:
All students will be assessed on their abilities to do the following:
  1. Build a CAT5 patch cable
  2. Describe the major features of each layer of the OSI model
  3. Configure a desktop computer with static IP settings based on a given network configuration. And, test its ability to communicate with other computers on a LAN and a WAN.
  4. Design a TCP/IP multi-segmented network (worksheet)

All Skills Assessments must be completed on the assigned date unless prior arrangements have been made with your instructor.

Grading Policy:
Skills Assessments: 4 X 500 points each = 2000 points Quizzes: 12 X 200 points each = 2400 points
Final Exam = 600 points
Total possible points for this course: Skills Assessments + Quizzes = 5000 points
Grades: A > 4499,   B > 3999,   C > 3499,   D > 2999,   F < 3000

Classroom Etiquette:

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Stealing Policies (Academic Integrity)

  • Any student who plagiarizes the work of any other person will be given a zero on any and all assignments where plagiarism has been utilized.
  • Any student caught cheating on a quiz or final exam will receive a zero for quiz or final exam.
  • Any student caught removing items from the classroom including but not limited to: lab materials and tools, without authorization, will be dropped from the course and given an automatic "F".

For more details on plagiarism and cheating, please review the MSJC Student Conduct Web Resources page.

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Learning Environment

All students are entitled to an environment that encourages learning. If a student behaves in a manner that negatively affects other class members, he or she is guilty of disruptive behavior. Such behavior will be addressed in a manner consistent with school policy. Cell phones and other personal electronic devices MUST be turned off in class. Also, no food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Tape recording in class is prohibited unless specific permission is granted by instructor.

As a courtesy, please do not talk while the instructor is talking to the class or when a student is asking a question which pertains to the class. Please do not use classroom computers for personal use or other classwork—computers are to be used to follow in-class lectures, take tests, or as otherwise directed by your instructor. Refrain from “surfing” the Web, reading e-mail, or playing computer games during class. You are encouraged to work with other students to solve problems outside of class; however, you must complete your own work.

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Need Tutoring?

Check out the MSJC Learning Resource Centers! Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in the Learning Resource Centers on each campus. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available for courses through specific departments. Ask your instructor if specialized tutors are available for your individual course.

Tutoring for some Business & CIS classes including Microsoft Office applications tutoring will be available in the Business/CIS computer lab in Room 956. Lab/tutor schedules can be found at Tutors change each semester, please check with the Business/CIS computer lab to learn what subjects have available tutors for the current semester.

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Disability Statement

Mt. San Jacinto College abides by the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a  Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) counselor as soon as possible.

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