Course Code: 913335

Learn how to build and maintain computer networks. Work with Microsoft, Apple, and Linux operating systems. Learn how the Internet works. Under the direction of the Cisco certified teacher, this course is delivered through a computer-based curriculum utilizing network simulation software and actual switches and routers.

DE (Dual Enrollment), WBL (Work-based learning), EC (Enriched Credit), TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students - Computer Science Substitute), IBC (Industry-based Certification)

Course Goals

Students will:
  1. Complete Cisco curriculum (see on-line)
  2. Install PC operating systems and programs
  3. Install PC hardware
  4. Troubleshoot PC problems
  5. Terminate computer cables
  6. Build and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LAN)
  7. Write short papers
  8. Give presentations

Paul Miramon

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Course Description

PartnerLogo_360px_72_RGBNetworking/Information Technologies is a course designed to introduce students into computer networking and the information technologies field in general. Dual enrollment with LSU Shreveport, Southern University Shreveport, and Bossier Parish Community College is available for qualified students.  The course uses Cisco Networking Academy’s Routing and Switching curriculum as a major source of instruction.  Students will learn how information flows over both large and small computer networks.  Students will configure routers and switches to allow information to flow correctly.  In addition to the Cisco curriculum, students will develop an understanding of major computer hardware and operating systems.  Students will develop their reading, writing, and presentation skills.   This is a two semester course presented in 2 hour blocks.

Instructional Philosophy

Students will be expected to meet all of the course goals listed below and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts.  This instruction will be heavily computer based with a minimum of lecture. Students will work in a lab setting and complete computer simulations.  Students will work in teams to complete several projects that enable them to learn how to work independently to plan, construct, and trouble-shoot a variety of network systems.  Assignments will require students to draw upon academic skills in math, science, and language arts.  Students will be required to do homework based on the CCTC home learning policy.

Course Goals

Students will:

  1. Complete Cisco curriculum (see on-line)
  2. Install PC operating systems and programs
  3. Install PC hardware
  4. Trouble shoot PC problems
  5. Terminate computer cables
  6. Build and trouble shoot Local Area Networks
  7. Write short papers
  8. Give presentations

Major Projects

Students will:

  1. Make cables and wire LANs
  2. Design LANs, MANs, and WANs using Packet Tracer software.
  3. Configure Cisco routers and switches
  4. Route data over complex networks.
  5. Read technology articles equal to two books
  6. Give two major presentations

Instructional Delivery Plan

INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING AND CLASS OPERATION:           The teacher introduced the class to the world of networking and explains the growth of networking along with careers in the field.  Cisco’s position in networking is explained and the course syllabus is distributed.  Projects will be presented and discussed.  Students may propose and – with teacher approval- complete alternative projects that equal or exceed those required of the course.  The teacher outlines class operational procedures, including projects to be completed by individual students and those designed for group participation.  Group projects are designed to allow each student to complete each step and learn all of the technical and academic information for that step.  The evaluation and grading system is introduced at the beginning of the course to advise students of the standards they will be expected to meet to pass the course and to achieve higher grades.

CLASS OPERATION:  The teacher provides direction and manages the class but gives students as much responsibility as possible.  The course is delivered by computer and as such, the students have the ability to proceed at their own pace.

In brief class assemblies the teacher lectures and demonstrates particular concepts.  The teacher provides parameters for student performance.  The projects require the students to use resources such as the Internet, various computer programs, and technical manuals.  The students maintain a journal that is monitored by the teacher.

MONITORING, EVALUATING AND GRADING PERFORMANCE:  Each student is required to maintain a journal for future reference and reflection.  The teacher conducts periodic class discussions to emphasize key points, check student understanding and prevent gaps in overall progress.  Students are called upon to explain selected concepts in class.  The evaluation system is clearly stated and explained at the beginning of each assignment.

HOME LEARNING POLICY:  Home learning is the out-of –class tasks assigned to extend the classroom learning of each student.  It provides opportunities for individuals to reflect on their classroom learning, strengthen their skills and understanding, and operate independently as a learner.  Weekly home work is assigned along the CCTC guidelines of :

Course Credit                          Minutes/Day              Minutes/Week

1                                            15-20                            75-100

2                                            30-40                           150-200

Assessment Plan

All students are given the opportunity to revise work until the work is mastered.  The performance standards for grading is as follows:

Grade                                                                               Performance Standard

A                                                                                         Independent Learner

Did research, designed and planned; applied academic skills; evaluated work and made adjustments; did quality work; needed little help form teacher; sought and found resources independently; demonstrated knowledge with grade of 90 or higher.

B                                                                                        Semi-Independent Learner

Did research, designed and planned; needed some help from teacher; did quality work with few flaws; needed feedback form the teacher to realize work did not meet standards; redid work to meet standards; demonstrated work with a grade of 80 or higher.

C                                                                                      Dependent Learner

Needed help to research, design and plan or had to be given a plan; relied a great deal on the teacher; had to be given procedures for performing tasks; required significant help to produce a quality product; still did not meet standards; demonstrated knowledge with a grade of 70 or higher.