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ISSC341 - Introduction to Networking

Course Details

Course Code: ISSC341 Course ID: 2637 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of the evolution, the concepts, and the principles of local, distributed and enterprise networking. This course examines Network design, topologies, architecture, media, interface cards, protocols, problem resolution, communications, administration, operations, and resources. It introduces the student to the concepts of wireless networking, and web-based networks. This course also explores the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and the Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Packet (TCP/IP) reference models. This course also examines internetworking servers, and hardware and operating systems maintenance.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

A successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:
1. Explain how the evolution of communications and networking technologies has produced new business solutions.
2. Differentiate between the standards, specifications, and technologies that drive current LAN connectivity.
3. Examine the TCP/IP protocol family and how IP is used to support voice, video, data, and Internet communications.
4. Analyze Layer 2 networking technology’s use for end-point connectivity and developing VLAN resiliency to meet business requirements based on the principles of networking technologies.
5. Describe Layer 3 networking protocols’ use to establish communications over the network.
6. Describe the wireless standards and security methodologies used to increase business productivity.

7. Explain VoIP in relation with modern networks and their ability to carry regular voice traffic.
8. Describe unified communications and Session Initiation Protocol.
9. Analyze how fault, configuration, asset control, performance, security (FCAPS) is used for network management based on the principles of networking technologies.

The grading will be based on seven graded assignments, eight weekly forum board postings, an individual project paper and a presentation, fifteen open book quizzes, and a case study in week 8.

1. There will be seven assignments (4% each) counting a total of 28% of the final grade. The assignments will follow each of the major milestones of the course. These assignments will be based on problems or questions from the text. They are a combination of Lesson Reviews and Lesson Activities and/or Labs. They are selected to provide the student with information to understand the concepts discussed. Assignments should be prepared in Microsoft Word and uploaded into the student folder by the due date.

2. There will be eight weekly forum postings you will need to respond to. Weeks 1-8 will have postings in each forum area. Answers should be 2-3 paragraphs with a topic sentence that restates the question and supporting sentences using the terms, concepts, and theories from the required readings. Each answer should be a minimum of 250 words (about 6 or 7 sentences). You are
required to answer two of your classmate’s posts with a minimum 100 word response. You may attack, support or supplement other students’ answers using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings. All responses should be a courteous paragraph that contains a topic sentence with good supporting sentences. You may respond multiple times with a continuous discussion with points and counter points. The key requirement is to express your idea and then support your position using the terms, concepts and theories from the required readings to demonstrate to me that you understand the material. The forum postings will count as 24% (3% for each forum posting other) of the final grade.

3. The Quizzes will each be half an hour non-proctored tests. Quizzes count as 15% of the final grade. It will be a multiple choice, true-false, and/or fill-in the blanks tests and will be open book and open note. Quizzes are located in the Tests & Quizzes area. There will be 15 quizzes in the course, one based on each assigned reading assignment for the week.

4. The case study will be a 500-word minimum essay. It will count as 18% of the final grade. The case study will be based upon the material you have read and studied during the course of the term. Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements. The case study will be presented in Week 8 and serves as the final for the course.

5. There will be one project paper (10%) and presentation (5%) throughout the session, counts as 15% of the final grade. The content for the project paper is listed under the Week 7 of this syllabus. The project paper and presentation will be due in Week 8. All pre-assessment questionnaires, assignments, forum questions and tests are required by 12:00 midnight Eastern Time

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum Week 1 3.00 %
Forum Week 2 3.00 %
Forum Week 3 3.00 %
Forum Week 4 3.00 %
Forum Week 5 3.00 %
Forum Week 6 3.00 %
Forum Week 7 3.00 %
Forum Week 8 3.00 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1 5.00 %
Assignment 2 5.00 %
Assignment 3 5.00 %
Assignment 4 5.00 %
Assignment 6 5.00 %
Assignment 7 5.00 %
Case Study 16.00 %
Week 5 - Case Study 16.00 %
Project Paper 16.00 %
Project Paper/Presentation Submittal 16.00 %
Tests and Quizzes 14.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 2 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 6 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 3 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 4 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 5 Quiz 2.00 %
Week 7 Quiz 2.00 %

Recommended Web-based Readings

Cisco Systems, Inc.(n.d.). Evaluating Unified Communications Solutions White Paper

Cisco Systems Wireless and LAN White Papers

Siemens (2012) State of Enterprise Communications

Lewis, D. (2004). James Bond Meets the OSI Model. Retrieved from

Helmig, J. (2002). TCP/IP Basics. Retrieved from

Microsoft (2011). IP Addressing. Retrieved from

Software Requirements

  1. Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint). Open Office or Libre Office will suffice as well as long as documents can be submitted in MS Word format.
  2. Microsoft Visio OR you can also use Powerpoint OR any free online tools such as the ones below:
    1. Omnigraffle – for MAC
    2. SmartDraw
    3. eDraw Max
    4. Creately
    5. Dia
    6. MaSSHandra
    7. ConceptDraw
    8. Cade
    9. Diagram Designer
    10. LanFlow
    11. NetProbe
    12. Network Notepad
    13. GoVisual Diagram Editor

      Here are additional resources on acceptable tools:

  3. Adobe Acrobat Reader

  4. Microsoft Windows or an OS compatible with an Office Suite to submit documents in Word format.

Selected Bibliography

Helmig, J. (2002). TCP/IP Basics. Retrieved from

ISSA. (2005). International systems security association home page. Retrieved from

Lewis, D. (2004). James Bond Meets the OSI Model. Retrieved from

Macaulay, P. (2004). Data Communications Cabling FAQs. Retrieved from

Microsoft (2011). IP Addressing. Retrieved from

Postel, J. (1994). RFC 1591 - Domain Name System Structure and Delegation. Retrieved from

Raz, U. (2003). TCP/IP Resources List. Retrieved from

SANS. (2005). Infosec reading room. Retrieved from

TechTarget. (2005). Information security magazine. Retrieved from

Book Title:ISSC341 - required software for this course is not covered by the APUS Book Grant. Purchase information is available here - Cost may vary by subscription length.
ISBN:ISSC341 Software
Electronic Unit Cost:$10.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.