Syllabus Robert Spencer CIS 150 4 week

Syllabus Robert Spencer CIS 150 4 week

Welcome to the CIS 150 Online Course!

It is very important that you navigate the online course modules in order to complete all of your assignments.  You may start the assignments at any time, but each one has an END DATE after which you will not be able to open the quiz or exam.  Please read the sections below in order to make sure you complete all assignments on time.

Weekly Modules = Each week has reading assignments listed as “Topics”.  Please read the book associated with each week.  The “Topics” sections also lists specific videos and graphics you should view before taking the associated quiz.

Module Order = Each module has specific quizzes you must complete.  They are indicated by a “Circle” at the end of each item. You must complete each module before the course will allow you to open another module.  Other modules will be “LOCKED OUT” indicated by the module being “Faded out”.

Weekly Quizzes = Each Module has 1 or 2 quizzes related to the reading topics for that week.  Make sure you complete your readings prior to starting an exam.  The exam does not allow you to go back to previous answers.  You will receive a grade at the end of each exam.

Voluntary Work and Additional Software = This section includes some software you can use to better practice some of the concepts discussed in this course.  There are also projects which you can practice with to assess your levels of understanding as well as testing yourself how comfortable you would be working on Servers, Switches and Operating Systems.

Grades = At any time you desire, you can assess your grades and even place the grade you THINK YOU MIGHT EARN in the area for a quiz or exam to see what your final grade would become.

People = This allows you to communicate with other students in the class.  Feel free to contact each other to discuss processes and readings.

Syllabus = This link displays policies and standards for the class. Please read over this document and begin to complete you assignments.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Welcome again to the CIS 150 Online Winter Session!!

Prof. Spencer


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CIS 150 Network Technology


Business and Technology Division

Professor R. Spencer                                                                    


  • Office Hours =By Appointment only! Professor must confirm via e-mail prior to appearing.
  • Office Location = C3-1S
  • Phone Number = 215-496-6134
  • E-mail = RSpencer@CCP.Edu

Course Description and Goals:

This course in networking and data communications is designed to help students in preparation for the CompTIA Network+ and Cisco’s CCT certification exams.  The successful student will explain different IP Classes, the OSI Model, network typologies, protocols and selected network devices such as bridges, routers, switches, etc. Discussions concerning network technician tools will also be explored. In addition, the student will be exposed to theoretical implementations of network technologies hosted on server operating systems. The course is a prerequisite for most other networking courses at the College.

Required Textbooks  & Recommended Resources:

There is software which may help students understand many of the activities performed daily by network technicians.  The software is free of charge and can be downloaded from various websites on the internet.  The recommended software are as follows:

  • Virtual Box (5.0 or greater).
  • Packet Tracer (5.0 or Greater)

The textbooks listed for this class are required and will assist those who desire a greater understanding of concepts necessary in the development of skills in network technology and certification. Students must discuss terms, utilize software and perform functions as listed on the “Student Study Guide” attached to this syllabus. The textbooks will be used as a reference, not a linear source for quizzes or voluntary projects.  The textbooks along with other course support references are listed below:

Foundations of Network Technology 2.0
Author = Robert Spencer, ISBN-10: 1720706603 and ISBN-13: 978-1720706601

Foundations of Windows Computers 2.0
Author = Robert Spencer, ISBN-10: 1720706026 and ISBN-13: 978-1720706021

  • Non-Required additional resources:

    • CompTIA Network+ Study Guide: Exam N10-005, 2nd Edition, Todd Lammle, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


    • and

Class Policies, Grading and Student Learning Objectives:

It is recommended that all students download and install the operating system(s) and simulation software referenced in this class and is essential if students attempt to practice configuring systems as demonstrated and illustrated in the Canvas online videos.

Class Sessions (Will vary based on necessary topics and projects):

  • Four weeks of online review of videos and reading assignments.
  • Two reading assignments and two Quizzes required each week.
  • Prior quizzes must be completed prior to taking subsequent quizzes.





Quizzes (9+)

End of Each Week.


Exams (1+)

Midpoint and End of Class


Please Note: These dates and measures may be changed at the professors’ discretion with only one weeks notice to students.



Grade Value









59 or below



Course Policies, Expectations and Management:

  • Students who believe they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss their accommodation form and specific needs as soon as possible, but preferably within the first week of class.  If you need to request accommodations, but do not have an accommodation form, please contact the Center on Disability, room BG-39, phone number 215-751-8050.
  • All quizzes and exams projects will be based on reading assignments and online videos.
  • Quizzes are required each week and will LOCK IF NOT COMPLETED during the assigned week.
  • Missing Quizzes may result in "Never Attended" being reported for attendance and being dropped from class.
  • Professor may reorganized group at any time regardless of student input.
  • "Project Videos" may include "More" or "Less" of the tasks required for a quizzes.
  • All videos must be viewed by the 2nd week of class.
  • Due to the limited number of days available, missed projects or exams cannot be made up.
  • To prepare for quizzes and exams, students must refer to the “Student Study Guide” and "Topics for Week" items listed online.
  • Students are graded on applying all concepts and commands. If you only learn “definitions” in this class, you may fail. 
  • Cheating on quizzes or exams will result in a grade of “F” for that particular activity.
  • Unprofessional or improper class behavior will result in dismissal from class until after a subsequent follow-up with Department Chairs or University Deans.

Student Learning Outcomes and Methods of Assessment

 Student learning will be assessed using a common rubric or common exam questions which will be developed by faculty in accordance with the departmental assessment plan. 


1.  Demonstrate an understanding of essential networking concepts.

Common exams and  lab activities in which students:

1.1 Compare the layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models.

1.2 Classify how applications, devices, and protocols relate to the OSI model

1.3 Explain the purpose and properties of IP addressing.

1.4 Explain the purpose and properties of routing and switching.

1.5 Identify common TCP and UDP default ports.

1.6 Explain the function of common networking protocols.

1.7 Summarize DNS concepts and its components.

1.8 Demonstrate the ability to implement network troubleshooting methodologies for given networking problems.         

1.9 Identify virtual network components.


2.  Demonstrate the ability to install and configure and troubleshoot primary network components.

Common exams and  lab activities in which students:

2.1 Install and configure routers and switches.

2.2 Install and configure a wireless network.

2.3 Describe the purpose and properties of DHCP.

2.4 Troubleshoot common wireless networking problems.

2.5 Troubleshoot common router and switch problems.

2.6 Plan and implement a basic SOHO network.



3.  Demonstrate an understanding of network media and topologies.

Common exams and  lab activities in which students:

3.1 Categorize standard media types and associated properties.

3.2 Categorize standard connector types based on network media.

3.3 Compare and contrast different wireless standards.

3.4 Categorize WAN technology types and properties.

3.5 Describe different network topologies.

3.6 Troubleshoot common physical connectivity problems.

3.7 Compare and contrast different LAN technologies.

3.8 Identify components of wiring distribution.

4.  Manage a computer network’s connectivity and traffic.


Common exams and  lab activities in which students:

4.1 Explain the purpose and features of various network appliances.

4.2 Use appropriate hardware tools to troubleshoot connectivity issues.

4.3 Use appropriate software tools to troubleshoot connectivity issues.

4.4 Use the appropriate network monitoring resource to analyze traffic.

4.5 Describe the purpose of configuration management documentation.

4.6 Explain different methods and rationales for network performance optimization.

5.  Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental network security.

Common exams and  lab activities in which students:

5.1 Given a scenario, implement appropriate wireless security measures.

5.2 Explain the methods of network access security.

5.3 Explain methods of user authentication.

5.4 Explain common threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques.

5.5 Install and configure a basic firewall.

Course Summary:

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