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Course CIS 173 - Introduction to TCP/IP

Course Description:

This course is designed to give an understanding of the TCP/IP protocol suite and the details of its implementation. The details of its implementation are treated by discussing IP addressing, the structure of frames and protocol headers that enable communication between two computers (hosts), and the various TCP/IP services.

Course Objectives:

The main goal of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the TCP/IP protocol stack including its history, development, current applications, and future implications. This will include the presentation of both the TCP/IP model of networking and the OSI Reference Model. Of the two, the OSI Reference Model is more widely used in modern computer networking and will be the primary model used in presenting and explaining the course material. The material provides an understanding of how network traffic is encapsulated and transported both in the Local Area Network and on Wide Area Networks including the Internet, how messages are addressed and forwarded, how messages are correctly routed and how network errors are reported. Common network services such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) are presented and explained. TCP/IP security and vulnerabilities are also presented using very recent examples of Internet attacks by “infamous” viruses, worms, and Trojan horse programs. The tools and techniques used to monitor and manage TCP/IP networks will be presented and the future of TCP/IP networking in the form of Internet Protocol version 6 will be shown. Each chapter gives the student the opportunity to use a variety of hands on activities using the latest Microsoft operating systems, cutting edge software, and further reading from the most informative technical sources on the Internet.


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