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CITC 1302 (formerly CMT 1010) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CITC 1302 (formerly CMT 1010) - Introduction to Networking

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

A broad-based course that provides an overview of computer networking. Topics include network models, protocols and services, media and topologies, devices and tools, network management, and network security. This course may align with the outcomes of industry certification.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the various networking media and connection
  • Identify network topologies, devices, and protocols and their features and functions.
  • Describe the various LAN and WAN technologies in use.
  • Explain the features and capabilities of networking software.
  • Describe network management and security concepts, tools, and techniques.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Prior to enrolling in this course, students should be able to use their computers and access the Internet. In addition to browsing the web, students should have a basic understanding of computers and be able to send email.

Course Topics:
  • Using a PC Network & Communication Concepts
  • Sharing Information & Computing Power
  • Network Design Issues & Technologies
  • Hardware and Diverse Cabling
  • Protocols and Architectures: Similarities & Differences
  • Integrating Networks within Organizations
  • Network Administration, Policies, Procedures & Support
  • Enterprise, Distributed, WANs and Large Scale Networks
  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity
  • Utilizing the Internet as a Resource
Specific Course Requirements:

Students must read designated chapters, which build upon one another in 1-13 order. Written assignments will be emailed to the instructor (within D2L), and it is a good idea to save or print a copy of each submitted assignment for your reference. The discussion board will be used for class discussions, and your participation is essential. Your posted responses will be continuously monitored and threaded discussions will be ongoing. If you are a hands-on learner, you may opt to procure network hardware components to see, feel and touch what we discuss.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Students are expected to complete their own work, unless group projects are designated. Exams will not be proctored, but will be given online. After the exam is made available, a specific deadline for completion will be set (see course calendar for details).

Grading Procedures:
Grading Scale:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale. 

Point RangeAssigned Grade
956 - 860A
859 - 765B
764 - 669C
668 - 574D
573 & belowF

Graded Items

4 Discussions @ 50 - 75 points each225 points
8 Assignments @ 20 - 55 points each303 points
4 Exams @ 101 - 111 points each428 points
Total Points956 points


Assignments and Projects:

A list of assignments and their due dates can be seen on the course calendar.  Access the calendar by selecting Course Tools from the navigation. Scroll down to Calendar to view assignment due dates. The details and specifics will be supplied as the course unfolds. Make it a habit to check the homepage for news at least daily, in case announcements are posted.

Class Participation:

As aforementioned, reading the required text and following threaded discussions are a major part of this course and students are required to participate. In addition, emailing the instructor (inside D2L) is another preferred method of teacher/student contact. If you have questions or need clarity, feel free to email me or other students for a different perspective. Respond promptly when receiving email from the instructor and feel free at any time to chat with other students who may be logged on at the same time as you are.

Late Policy:

The calendar lists deadline dates as course milestones to keep students on track. Since this is an asynchronous environment, you are responsible for managing your time wisely and staying abreast of the proposed course schedule.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 16, 2017