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CIT 361
TCP/IP: Managing Network Resources

Revised: August, 2014
Credits: 3
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:
Textbook: Guide to TCP/IP, 4th ed. by Carrell, Chappell, Tittel & Pyle, ISBN: 9781133019862, Cengage Learning. Search using the title, author, or ISBN for pricing at various discounters/used book dealers, or pay full price at the college bookstore. The menu of links in the upper right corner of the class web page includes material relevant to this class.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides in-depth coverage of TCP/IP concepts, protocols, and programming including IPv6. Pre-requisites are MATH 120, Fundamentals of College Mathematics and CIT 112, Network+ or instructor's approval.

There are over 40 different protocols that make up the entire TCP/IP protocol suite. In this class we will discuss the use and management of all the most common protocols and many of the less frequently encountered protocols. Students will not only learn how TCP/IP networking currently functions but will get an overview of networking changes, such as IPv6, VoIP, streaming media, etc. and how these changes will effect network operations and management.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This class is sometimes taught live and at other times via the Internet using GBC's WebCampus system. You are expected to participate in the weekly discussions (whether live or on-line), the various assignments, the exams, and other class activities. (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 each week and your posts should relate to some aspect of the material we are covering during each lesson or some related network management issue. In the live version you are expect to be prepared for and participate in each class session.)

I can be reached via WebCampus and email, at the phone number listed above, via Skype or, you can make an appointment to see me. My office hours are posted on my office door and on my website. The schedule of readings, assignments, homework, and tests can be found below. Additional assignments will be given during the class discussions or through postings on this class's WebCampus site.


The successful student in this class will be able to:

  1. understand the essentials of TCP/IP including connectionless and connection oriented protocols
  2. have a working knowledge of networking security issues and potential solutions
  3. know major TCP/IP applications, for example: FTP, mail systems and protocols, and HTTP
  4. understand the impact of emerging networking technologies like streaming media and VoIP
  5. understand the significance and impact of conversion to IPv6
Learner Outcome Assessments
Assessment Method Learner Outcomes
Seminar Discussion 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Exams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Class Policies & Procedures

GRADING POLICY: This is a letter grade class an A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F=59% or less or W=Official Withdrawal if done before the withdrawal deadline. There is no curve in this grading scale. Your grade will be based 60% on class participation and discussion and 40% on exam results. All assignments are due by the beginning of the next class.

EXAM & QUIZ 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. Three (3) unexcused absences can result in a failing grade. In on-line sections of this 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 be prepared to discuss each week's topics at the beginning of each class.

Readings, topics, major assignments, & quizzes/exams by week:
(Please note: this schedule is subject to change based on class progress & other factors)
Week      Topics
Week 1: Chapter 1... review of TCP/IP basics
Week 2: Chapter 2... IP Addressing
Week 3: Chapter 3... the Basic IP Packet
Week 4: Chapter 4... Data Link and Network Layer Protocols
Week 5: Chapter 5... ICMP
Week 6: Chapter 6... Neighbor Discovery in IPv6
Week 7: Chapter 7... IP Address Autoconfiguration
Week 8:   mid-term
Week 9: Chapter 8... DNS
Week 10: Chapter 9... Transport Layer Protocols
Week 11: Chapter 10... from IPv4 to IPv6
Week 12: Chapter 11... Deploying IPv6
Week 13: Chapter 12... TCP/IP security
Week 14: discuss... research VoIP, video conferencing, & streaming media
Week 15: discuss... research NAS & SAN systems
Week 16:   final exam

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