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CIT 301
Network Management Essentials

Revised: August, 2013
Credits: 1
Instructor: Ed Nickel
Office: HTC 133
Phone: 753-2241 (office with voice mail)
E-mail: due to increased spam my email address will be provided the first day of class
Class Web Page:
Textbooks: There is no textbook for this class, handouts will be provided in class.


Course Description: This course is designed for non-network specialist majors and covers essential concepts in network management required for a manager of digital technology systems. Students will start work on individual portfolios of their achievements during this degree program. (Prerequisite: a GBC AAS in COT with either CADD/GIS, Graphic Communications, Information Specialist, Office Technology, or Web Specialist Emphasis; or equivalent degree from another community college)

Welcome to CIT 301, Network Management Essentials. This course provides essential information for digital information technology management students with a strong information technology background but who do not have much background in computer networking. A GBC AAS in COT with either CADD/GIS, Information Specialist, Graphics Communications, Office Technology, or Web Specialist Emphasis; or equivalent degree from another college is the prerequisite for this class. Various LAN/WAN protocols, network hardware, and the tools to manage them will be introduced in each lesson with some time allotted for a hands on evaluation of each. You will need additional time outside of scheduled class time to complete readings and assignments. Some of the computers available in the GBC High Tech Center have the software used in class for your use outside of class. If you have the necessary hardware and software, doing your assignments at home is acceptable.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class may be taught in a live classroom setting, online via WebCampus, or as a hybrid class. You are expected to participate in weekly discussions, exercises, as well as various quizzes, projects, and other class activities. The schedule of reading and assignments is found below. Additional assignments may be given verbally, as handouts in class, or via the WebCampus lesson modules.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: In the on-line version of this class, you are expected to post at least one original discussion and one response to other classmates' posts every week and your posts should relate to some aspect of the material we are covering during each lesson or some related issue. In the live version you are expect to be similarly prepared for and participate in every class discussion. Whether live or online, participation in class discussion is a significant portion of your grade as it indicates how well you understand the concepts being covered.

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: I can be reached either at my office phone number shown above or via the WebCampus email, you can drop in during my office hours, or make an appointment to see me at other times. Office hours are posted on my office door and on my web site. The schedule of reading assignments, homework and tests is found below. Additional assignments may be given verbally or as handouts in class.


The primary objective of this class is to provide students with a strong information technology background but little in networking with a working knowledge of computer network concepts, terminology, and principles. Students who successfully complete this class should be conversant in essential network concepts, software, and hardware. The more important topics include:

  • LAN and WAN network topologies
  • essential network protocols
  • techniques used in managing networks
  • network hardware and their primary functions
The successful student in this class will be able to:
  1. comprehend and interpret discussions and readings of network management issues;
  2. explain and/or use key data networking principles and techniques;
  3. evaluate the validity and comprehensiveness of a network construction proposal;
  4. create network security risk assessment.
Learner Outcome Assessments
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Class Discussion via web posts 1, 2, 3, 4
Term Paper or Mini Project 1, 2, 3, 4


GRADING POLICY: This is a pass/fail class a P=70-100%, F=69% or less or W=Official Withdrawal by the official withdrawal date. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 50% on class participation and discussion and 50% on your term paper or mini project. All assignments are due at the beginning of the next class.

QUIZ/EXAM PROCEDURES: All exams and quizzes will be objective, e.g. true/false, multiple choice, fill-in the blank, etc, and will be conducted using GBC's web based learning system.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: The instructor must agree in advance to any excused absences unless there are strong extenuating circumstances. One (1) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade, in an on-line class an absence is one week when you do not participate in class or contact the instructor.

OTHER POLICIES: The student rights & responsibilities policy stated in the current GBC Catalog apply to this class. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade. This syllabus is not a contract and is subject to reasonable changes as the class proceeds.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Great Basin College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A qualified student must furnish current verification of disability. The Director of Services for Students with Disabilities will assist qualified students with disabilities in securing the appropriate and reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services. For more information or further assistance, please call (775) 753-2271.


You should have read and be prepared to discuss the readings linked below by the beginning of class.

Topics & readings by lesson:
(Please note: this schedule is subject to change based on class progress & other factors)
Lesson 1: Network terminology
Lesson 2: Essential network protocols
Lesson 3: Principle networking tools: hardware, software, etc.
Lesson 4: Network management & security issues
Lesson 5: Term Paper or Mini Project is due

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