• [Mon 24 Apr 2023 08:03:43 PM EDT]
    This course will next run in the Spring 2023 term, starting on May 8th.

The content currently displayed on this page reflects the 2023 Winter term and may change for 2023 Spring.

Course Description

You will be introduced to the broad subject area of data communications. Topics include communications theory, data codes, error detection/correction, local area networks, wide area networks, the Internet, and serial transmission techniques. You will also design, install, setup and administer peer-to-peer local area networks (LANs).

The remaining course materials are currently offline.


The course presentations are on Blackboard.

Reading & Reference Material

1.Employ various data communication methods.
  [Wikipedia Article] Communication theory
[Wikipedia Article] Communications system
[Wikipedia Article] Data transmission
[Wikipedia Article] Communication protocol
[Wikipedia Article] Code
[Wikipedia Article] Error detection and correction
[Wikipedia Article] Local area network
[Wikipedia Article] Campus network
[Wikipedia Article] Metropolitan area network
[Wikipedia Article] Wide area network
[Wikipedia Article] IEEE Standards Association
[Wikipedia Article] Outline of telecommunication
[Wikipedia Article] Portal:Telecommunication
[Wikipedia Article] Telecommunication
[Wikipedia Article] History of telecommunication

[Wikipedia Article] List of telecommunications regulatory bodies
[Wikipedia Article] Telecommunications in Canada
[Wikipedia Article] Internet in Canada
[Wikipedia Article] Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
[Wikipedia Article] Telecommunications Act (Canada)
[Wikipedia Article] Communications in the United States
[Wikipedia Article] Federal Communications Commission
[Wikipedia Article] International Telecommunication Union
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
[Wikipedia Article] International Electrotechnical Commission

[Wikipedia Article] Narrowband
[Wikipedia Article] Wideband
[Wikipedia Article] Broadband
[Wikipedia Article] Modem
[Wikipedia Article] Cable modem
[Wikipedia Article] Internet access

[Wikipedia Article] Plain old telephone service
[Wikipedia Article] Public switched telephone network
[Wikipedia Article] PSTN network topology
[Wikipedia Article] Telecommunication circuit
[Wikipedia Article] Leased line
[Wikipedia Article] Demarcation point

[Wikipedia Article] ISDN
[Wikipedia Article] Basic Rate Interface
[Wikipedia Article] Primary Rate Interface
[Wikipedia Article] Synchronous optical networking
[Wikipedia Article] VPN
  1.1 Set up a data communications/terminal emulation program to provide communication between personal computer (local) and server (remote) using null modem connections and to transfer files.
  [Wikipedia Article] Computer terminal
[Wikipedia Article] Serial port
[Wikipedia Article] Data Terminal Equipment
[Wikipedia Article] Data circuit-terminating equipment
[Wikipedia Article] Serial communication
[Wikipedia Article] Communication software
[Wikipedia Article] Terminal emulator
[Wikipedia Article] Personal computer
[Wikipedia Article] Null modem
[Wikipedia Article] File transfer
[Wikipedia Article] Electronic Industries Alliance
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
[Wikipedia Article] RS-232
The RS232 Standard
Using a Console Connection []
  1.2 Differentiate between various data communications media.
  [Wikipedia Article] Transmission medium
[Wikipedia Article] Communication channel
[Wikipedia Article] Point-to-Point
[Wikipedia Article] Point-to-Multipoint
[Wikipedia Article] Broadcasting
[Wikipedia Article] Electromagnetic radiation
[Wikipedia Article] Electrical conductor
[Wikipedia Article] Wire
[Wikipedia Article] Electrical cable
[Wikipedia Article] Networking cables
[Wikipedia Article] Coaxial cable
[Wikipedia Article] RG-6
[Wikipedia Article] Category 3 cable
[Wikipedia Article] Category 5 cable
[Wikipedia Article] Category 6 cable
[Wikipedia Article] ISO/IEC 11801
[Wikipedia Article] Fibre-optic cable
[Wikipedia Article] Optical fiber connector
[Wikipedia Article] Power-line communication
[Wikipedia Article] On-premises wiring
[Wikipedia Article] Plenum cable
[Wikipedia Article] Wireless
[Wikipedia Article] Wireless network
[Wikipedia Article] Microwave transmission
[Wikipedia Article] Packet radio
[Wikipedia Article] Copper conductor
[Wikipedia Article] Optical fiber
[Wikipedia Article] Twisted pair
[Wikipedia Article] Optical communication
[Wikipedia Article] Fiber-optic communication
[Wikipedia Article] CSMA/CD
[Wikipedia Article] Token ring
[Wikipedia Article] Token bus network
[Wikipedia Article] Ethernet
[Wikipedia Article] FDDI
[Wikipedia Article] Circuit switching
[Wikipedia Article] Message switching
[Wikipedia Article] Packet switching
[Wikipedia Article] Cell relay
  1.3 Analyze information sent in both asynchronous and synchronous formats.
  [Wikipedia Article] Bit
[Wikipedia Article] Digital signal
[Wikipedia Article] Analog signal
[Wikipedia Article] Bit rate
[Wikipedia Article] Baud
[Wikipedia Article] Bandwidth (computing)
[Wikipedia Article] Bandwidth (signal processing)
[Wikipedia Article] Throughput
[Wikipedia Article] Channel capacity
[Wikipedia Article] Goodput
[Wikipedia Article] Frequency
[Wikipedia Article] Asynchronous communication
[Wikipedia Article] Comparison of synchronous and asynchronous signalling
[Wikipedia Article] Multiplexing
[Wikipedia Article] Frequency-division multiplexing
[Wikipedia Article] Time-division multiplexing
[Wikipedia Article] Wavelength-division multiplexing
[Wikipedia Article] Frequency-division multiple access
[Wikipedia Article] Time-division multiple access
[Wikipedia Article] Code-division multiple access
[Wikipedia Article] Amplitude modulation
[Wikipedia Article] Frequency modulation
[Wikipedia Article] Phase modulation
[Wikipedia Article] Quadrature amplitude modulation
[Wikipedia Article] Simplex communication
[Wikipedia Article] Duplex (telecommunications)
[Wikipedia Article] Forward error correction
[Wikipedia Article] Parallel communication
2.Administer and operate a computer network.
  2.1 Configure and connect a computer to the Internet using a direct IP connection using various data communications media.
  [Wikipedia Article] Internet
[Wikipedia Article] Intranet
[Wikipedia Article] History of the Internet
[Wikipedia Article] Category:Internet governance
[Wikipedia Article] Internet organizations
[Wikipedia Article] Internet protocol suite
[Wikipedia Article] Internet Society
[Wikipedia Article] Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
[Wikipedia Article] Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
[Wikipedia Article] Internet Engineering Task Force
[Wikipedia Article] Routing
[Wikipedia Article] Private network
[Wikipedia Article] Internetworking
  2.2 Use command line and GUI file transfer programs to send and receive files over the internet.
  [Wikipedia Article] Command-line interface
[Wikipedia Article] Graphical user interface
[Wikipedia Article] File Transfer Protocol
[Wikipedia Article] Secure Shell
  2.3 Demonstrate the OSI (open systems interconnect) layered communications model as it relates to real computer networks.
  [Wikipedia Article] International Organization for Standardization
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
[Wikipedia Article] OSI model
  2.4 Explain how and why to use different OSI layer devices and media when planning a data communications network.
  [Wikipedia Article] Bridging
[Wikipedia Article] Router
[Wikipedia Article] Firewall (computing)
  2.5 Efficiently use the WWW (world wide web) to search for information related to data comm.
  [Wikipedia Article] World Wide Web
[Wikipedia Article] Web search engine
[Wikipedia Article] World Wide Web Consortium
  2.6 Design, install and configure a Local area network (LAN).
  [Wikipedia Article] Network topology
[Wikipedia Article] Peer-to-peer
[Wikipedia Article] Server (computing)
[Wikipedia Article] Client (computing)
[Wikipedia Article] Client-server model
[Wikipedia Article] Network management
[Wikipedia Article] Comparison of network monitoring systems
[Wikipedia Article] Physical security
[Wikipedia Article] Computer security
[Wikipedia Article] Application security
[Wikipedia Article] Network security
[Wikipedia Article] Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceiver
[Wikipedia Article] Power over Ethernet (PoE)
[Wikipedia Article] Wireless access point