December 12, 1995
Number and Title of Course: CS435/535 - Special Topics: Network Management
Instructor: Wayne Summers Office: SC212A Office phone: (505) 454-3230
Department phone: (505) 454-3295
Office Hours: MWF 11-11:50 MF 3:00-4:00, T 2-3 and by appointment
e-mail address: summers_wayne@ColumbusState.edu
Catalog Description of Course: Application of networking concepts related to the
management of local area networks. Includes topics related to repair, setup,
management, and maintenance of local area networks. (3 credits).
Course Prerequisite: CS352 - Computer Networks or BCIS420 Networking in
Business Environment or experience with Computer Networks with permission of
Required Textbook(s): Introduction to NETWORKING 3rd Edition by Barry Nance;
1) The course will provide information to students on how to install, maintain, and manage a Local Area Network
2) The students will learn the commands and setup used by the Novell NetWare network operating system which will also provide some basis for adapting to other systems
3) The students will learn the commands and setup used by the Microsoft Windows NT network operating system which will also provide some basis for adapting to other systems
4) The students will learn the commands and setup used by a UNIX operating system.
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
1) Install new options into a computer system and test each option; e.g., hard disks and network cards.
2) Diagnose problems and make minor repairs to computer networks using appropriate diagnostics software.
3) Explain and demonstrate how to correctly maintain LAN computer systems.
4) Setup and maintain an efficient hard disk for network use.
5) Identify and describe the different types of network topologies and evaluate ways one may be preferred over the other.
6) Generate the software needed for the operation of the network; e.g., Network shells, Network operating system, and Network diagnostics. Install the software onto the network file server.
7) Setup directories, users, and user directories using network utilities. Provide security for software and user files.
8) Administer the network by creating login scripts, printer definitions, control programs (BATCH files).
9) Maintain the network by performing routine maintenance tasks.
10) Design an appropriate backup schedule for the network.
1) Installing network hardware
2) Installing and managing WFWG network
3) Installing and managing Windows NT network
4) Installing and managing Novell network
5) Comparing NT and Novell networks
6) Installing and managing UNIX network
7) Diagnosing problems with a computer network
8) LAN terminology and concepts
9) LAN maintenance
10) Evaluating Computer Networks
Instructional Methods and Techniques
1) The class will meet for three one-hour lecture/discussion periods either in a classroom or computer lab.
2) The lectures should be conducted using state-of-the-art multimedia techniques including a computer projection system.
3) There should be facilities for demonstrating software and access to computer networks in the classroom.
4) The labs should stress hands-on applications by the students.
Assignments for Course
1) Readings from the textbook(s)
2) Outside reading from popular computing and networking periodicals like PC- Week, PC-Magazine, LAN, etc.
3) Readings from documents found on the Internet
1) One midterm and final exam over the lectures and readings consisting of both non-essay and essay questions.
2) Homework including lab assignments and/or frequent quizzes on material discussed in class and lab.
3) The students would be expected to summarize their readings in a weekly journal. These journals should be submitted electronically using the campus e-mail system.
4) Individual or Group Projects on Designing and Managing a Network
5) Research Paper on Network Management (for Graduate Students)
Lecture Topic Lab Topic
Week 1: Chapter 1 - A Networking Overview Week 2: Chapter 2 - Sharing Computer Resources Chapter 3 - Using Electronic Mail Building a Network Week 3: Chapter 4 - Using File Servers Week 4: Chapter 5 - Using Protocols, Cables, and Adapters Week 5: Chapter 6 - Using Workstations Week 6: Chapter 9 - Using Peer LANS (WFWG & Win 95) Week 7: Chapter 7 - Using Netware Week 8: " Exam I SPRING BREAK Week 9: Chapter 8 - Using Windows NT Week 10: " Week 11: Chapter 10 - Using UNIX LANs EASTER BREAK Week 12: Chapter 10 - Using UNIX LANs Expanding a Network Week 13: Chapter 11 - Using Network Applications Chapter 12 - Managing Your Network Week 14: " Week 15: Chapter 13 - Analyzing Interoperability Chapter 14 - Building WANs from LANS Week 16: FINAL EXAM