Computer Science (COMP) 604
Enterprise Computer Networks (Revision 5)
Area of Study:IS Core
This course is not available for challenge credit
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Instructor: Dr. Qing (Ching) Tan
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 work on a research paper. 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.
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 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: Research Work
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: Research Proposal||100||60||20%||end of Week 7|
|Assignment 3: Research Paper||100||60||30%||end of Week 12|
|Assignment 4: Online Presentation||100||60||10%||in Week 13|
Dean, T. (2013). Network+ Guide to Networks (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning.
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Course Materials - Other
In addition, documents on the following websites will be used for supplemental reading. The eText also provides a large number of relevant URLs.
- Microsoft Corporation: http://www.microsoft.com
- The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): http://www.ietf.org
- StarTech: https://www.startech-comp.com/
- Cisco: http://www.cisco.com
- Oracle and Sun: www.sun.com
- Linux Online: http://www.linux.org
The reminder of the course material is distributed in electronic format as follows:
Special Course Features
COMP 604 can be completed online at the student's workplace or home.
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 5, August 26, 2020.