CS365 Computer Networking

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CS 365 Computer Networking


FA1 2010 HO


Hsin, Wen





Office Location

Science Hall - 016A

Office Hours

Specific hours are posted on my office door.



Semester Dates

FA1 2010

Class Days


Class Time



CS208 and CS151

Credit Hours



1) No books are required. The course curriculum is provided online via http://cisco.netacad.net

2) Optional Hardcopy Textbook: Network Fundamentals, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. Cisco Press. Mark Dye, Rick McDonald, Antoon Rufi. ISBN #9781587132087


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

1) Access Cisco Networking Academy website: http://cisco.netacad.net, read the online course material, and take online exams.

2) Access Cisco Networking Academy Program – NETLAB Academy Edition: http://netlab.fhsu.edu. Read and perform the lab projects via the remote NetLab environment.

3) Download, install, and execute Cisco Packet Tracer software in your local computer. You should always download the latest version in http://cisco.netacad.net website. Note that it is required that you have access to a computer locally so that you can download, install, and execute Cisco Packet Tracer software.

4) Download and install the latest version of Java (version 1.6 or higher) for the purpose of performing the Final Skills Based Assessment in Cisco Packet Tracer. The latest version of Java can be downloaded from www.java.com.

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Course Description:
CS365 Computer Networking: This course provides an overview of computer networking concepts. Course topics include (but are not limited to): network topologies and cabling, local and wide area networking, Ethernet, wireless, OSI 7-layer model, routing,logical and physical network addressing. This course may include various hands-on networking projects. Cisco recommends four areas of study in preparing for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. This course covers the first area of study. Prerequisites: CS208 and CS151 or permission of Instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that most people learn best by actually working with and using the information presented in class. To do this, we will have a number of assignments that will give the students an opportunity to work through the concepts learned in the course.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and compare various network media and topologies
  2. Inspect and differentiate various network protocols and standards
  3. Inspect and differentiate various network protocols and standards
  4. Analyze network scenarios to determine the appropriate network support

Core Assessment:
For this course, the assessment artifact is a final exam which counts for 20% to 25% of the grade. In the artifact there will be 4 questions in each of the categories. ( Critical Thinking: Synthesis, Analysis, Evaluation; Content: Terminology, Concepts, Application; and Technical Skills: Whole Artifact, Component, Relationship) Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam artifact. The artifact will test all four of the core learning objectives in each category.
All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 365 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:
Course Home Self Check, Weekly discussions, Weekly Labs, Final Skills Based Assessment, Chapter Exams, Practice Final Exam, Final Exams, and Course Feedback.


Overview of Grading Policies

Assignment Submission Policies: Weekly discussion, lab project, and exam assignment policies will be detailed week by week. All requirements must be met in order to get the maximum score. Failure to meet any of the requirements will yield a deduction in points that will be determined by your instructor.

You will have access to your grades in e-College so that you can monitor your progress in the course. If you have questions about your grades, please contact the instructor. 

The following table shows the course score distribution.



Percentage per item

Total Percentage

Course Home Self Check




Weekly Discussion

1 per week from Weeks 1 to 6



Chapter Exam

1 per chapter from Chapters 2 to 11



Weekly Lab – Packet Tracer

1 per week from Weeks 1 to 6



Weekly Lab – NetLab

2 in Week 1

1 per week from Weeks 2 to 7



Final Skills Based Assessment




Practice Final Exam




Final Exam – Not Proctored




Final Exam - Proctored




Course Feedback






Incomplete Grades Policy:

We follow Park University Incomplete Policy as specified in Park University Undergraduate Catalog.

Grading Scale Policy:  

Your letter grade is determined based on the following scale. No rounding will be used when calculating your grades. 




90-100 %


80-89.9 %


70-79.9 %


60-69.9 %


0-59.9 %

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignment due dates will be provided when it is assigned. For each day that an assignment is late, there will be a deduction of 20% per day of the student's score for that assignment. Assignments that are more than 5 days late yield a 0 for the entire assignment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Schedule



Course Learning Outcomes covered




Introduction to the policies and administration of the course

Course Policies and Administration

All materials under Course Home


Course introduction; Living in a network-centric world; Communicating over the network

1, 2, 3

Chapters 0, 1 & 2


Application layer functionality and protocols; Transport layer

1, 3, 4

Chapters 3 & 4


Network layer; Data Link layer

1, 2, 3, 4

Chapters 5 & 7


Addressing the network – IPv4

1, 4

Chapter 6


Physical layer; Ethernet

1, 2

Chapters 8 & 9


Planning and cabling networks; Configuring and testing networks

1, 2, 3, 4

Chapters 10 & 11


Chapter 11 NetLab;

Final Skills Based Assessment;

Practice Final Exam

1, 2, 3, 4

All materials covered in class


2 Final exams – proctored and non-proctored; Course feedbacks

1, 2, 3, 4

All materials covered in class

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

Course-Specific Policies

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday.

Online Course Policies

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.
If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies


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Last Updated:8/9/2010 12:34:54 PM