ITC 3450: Introduction to Data Communication


Examines data communications fundamentals, including the transmission and reception of data signals, networking and network architecture, and communications protocols. Provides a baseline level of knowledge for success in industry and preparation for networking certifications, including the Network+, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) designations.


  1. Differentiate between several data networking standards, including the seven layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack.
  2. Classify common network hardware and utilities used for troubleshooting.
  3. Examine the concepts of switching and routing, regarding local area network servers (LANs) and wide area network solutions (WANs).
  4. Explain how Microsoft Windows network communication protocols are implemented in a TCP/IP network.
  5. Illustrate network diagrams for network topologies.


  1. ITC 3001


Data communications & computer networks: A business user's approach (Rev: 8th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2016)
Author: White, C. M.
ISBN: 978-1-305-11663-4
Price: $204.71

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