Computer Science (COMP) 604

Enterprise Computer Networks (Revision 4)

COMP 604

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Delivery Mode: Grouped Study Online

Credits: 3

Area of Study:IS Core

Prerequisite: None

This course is not available for challenge credit

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: School of Computing and Information Systems

Instructor: Dr. Qing (Ching) Tan

**Note: This is a graduate level course and students need to apply and be approved to one of the graduate programs or as a non-program School of Computing and Information graduate student in order to take this course.  Minimum Admission Requirements must be met.  Undergraduate students who do not meet admission requirement will not normally be permitted to take this course.


Computer Science 604 teaches students some of the advanced technologies for designing, implementing, and managing enterprise-wide computer networks. It begins with some fundamental concepts and theories for those with limited knowledge of data communication and computer networks. Following the mandatory computer network fundamentals part of the course, students are given the option of working on either an applied project or research project. This course provides a foundation for many other courses such as distributed computing and web technology for electronic commerce. It not only examines both theoretical and technical issues, but also provides students with some real-world experience of enterprise-wide networking and network management.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to:

  • provide an in-depth view of the advanced technologies used in enterprise-wide computer networks;
  • provide the theoretical foundation and practical skills of advanced computer networks for many other relevant topics, such as distributed computing;
  • introduce both theoretical, practical, and technical issues in enterprise-wide computer networks;
  • provide the background needed for enterprise-wide networking and network management;
  • develop students' interpersonal and teamwork skills


The nine units covering enterprise computer network fundamentals will be completed by the end of Week 4 and tested in Week 5. Week 6-13 will be devoted to project/research work.

  • Unit 1: Introduction and Review: Network Concepts and Standards
  • Unit 2: Networking Fundamentals - Transmission Basics, Media, and Hardware
  • Unit 3: Networking Protocols, Topologies and Access Methods
  • Unit 4: WANs, Internet Access and Remote Connectivity
  • Unit 5: Enterprise Networking
  • Unit 6: Wireless Networking (WLAN)
  • Unit 7: Internetworking with TCP/IP for Enterprise Applications
  • Unit 8: Enterprise Network Implementation and Management
  • Unit 9: Enterprise Network Security: Issues, Concepts and Techniques
  • Unit 10: Project or Research Work

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • analyze state-of-the-art real-world enterprise-wide networks;
  • design, build, and implement advanced enterprise-wide computer networks;
  • manage, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain typical enterprise-wide computer networks;
  • effectively communicate course work in writing and oral presentation.


In order to receive credit for COMP 604, you must achieve a cumulative course grade of "B-" (70 percent) or better, and achieve a grade of at least 60 percent on the Oral Test. Your cumulative course grade will be based on the following assessment.

Assessment Total Marks Passing Grade Weight Due
Assignment 1: Computer and Network Fundamentals 100 60 20% end of week 4
Oral Test: Computer Network Fundamentals 100 60 20% in Week 5
Assignment 2: Group Project or Research Proposal 100 60 20% end of Week 7
Assignment 3: Group Project or Research Report 100 60 30% end of Week 12
Online Presentation: Group Project or Research 100 60 10% in Week 13

Course Materials


Dean, T. (2013). Network+ Guide to Networks (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1-133-60819-6; ISBN-10: 1-133-60819-1.

Course Materials - Other

In addition, documents on the following websites will be used for supplemental reading. The textbook also provides a large number of relevant URLs.

The reminder of the course material is distributed in electronic format as follows:

  • COMP 604 study guide (Unit 1-10)
  • detailed description of the requirements for the individual assignments
  • a course evaluation form
  • Special Course Features

    COMP 604 can be completed online at the student's workplace or home.

    Special Note

    Students registered in this course will NOT be allowed to take an extension due to the nature of the course activities.

    Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

    Opened in Revision 4, May 05, 2011.