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Network Essentials

Network Essentials is a study of the fundamental topics and concepts of networks and network technologies. The course consists of 15 lessons along with corresponding labs and class activities. Topics covered include introductory content on networking standards, models, and protocols; networking hardware; transmission methods and media; Local Area Networks (LAN); Wide-Area Networks (WAN); wireless; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); security; and network management issues. The course will prepare students for subsequent Cisco courses and partially prepare students to take the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.  


Knowledge of information technology concepts and coursework equivalent to PC Hardware (A+), PC Software (A+), and Introduction to Computer Maintenance and Repair. To succeed in this course, students should be proficient in word processing, browsing for files, surfing the Internet, and copying and pasting between programs. 

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

  • Define a network and describe types of networks.
  • Explain systems administration concepts.
  • Recognize and describe structured cabling standards and best practices for installing network cables.
  • Identify the major network implementations.  
  • Identify the components of a TCP/IP network implementation.
  • Identify the TCP/IP addressing and data delivery methods.
  • Describe the components of a LAN implementation.
  • Identify and explain the components of Wide Area Networks.    
  • Identify the components of virtual networks and remote access.
  • Identify the major issues and methods to secure systems on a network.      
  • Explain major concerns when designing and maintaining modern networks, including which typically open protocols are used while connecting to public networks such as the Internet.
  • Create a basic continuity plan addressing how to continue operating a network during an incident or disaster.
  • Explain how to troubleshoot and maintain network issues.


This course is designed to provide a hybrid experience, including both face-to-face lectures and classroom discussion and online activities. Activities to be completed online and face-to-face will be updated weekly and provided as a supplement to the course syllabus. Contact time will be divided in the following way: 50% face-to-face 50% online

Face-to-face sessions

Lectures by the instructor and instructor-led classroom discussion will emphasize skill attainment and content mastery.

Online Sessions

Classroom computers will be available for hands-on, in-class computer-based learning activities. Online sessions will include content and activities related to course materials. 

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