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  CIS-180 Network Fundamentals
4 Credits
  The first course of a four course sequence designed to provide students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging networking technologies while preparing the student for the professional certification as a CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA). This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles of the OSI and TCP layered models, IP addressing, the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts and media are explored to provide a foundation for subsequent courses. Labs use a hardware based 'model internet' and simulated environments to allow students to analyze real data. Students build simple LAN topologies and perform basic configurations of network devices including routers and switches and implementing IP addressing schemes. Skills prerequisites: ENG 020, ENG 060 and MAT 029 or permission of the instructor. Recommendation: CIS 153.