Course Objective: You will describe the major networking technologies, systems, skills, and tools in use in modern networks.
Target Student: This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems to prepare for the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005), or who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration.
A typical student taking up the CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005) course should have a minimum of nine months or more of professional computer support experience as a PC or help desk technician. Networking experience is helpful but not mandatory; A+ certification or equivalent skills and knowledge is helpful but not mandatory.
To ensure your success, you will need basic Windows end-user computer skills. To meet this prerequisite, you can take any one or more of the following Element K courses, or have equivalent experience:
- Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows XP
- Windows XP Professional: An Introduction
- Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows 7
- Microsoft® Windows® 7: Level 1
- Microsoft® Windows® 7: Level 2
In addition, we highly recommend that you hold the CompTIA A+ certification, or have equivalent skills and knowledge. You may want to take the following Element K course: CompTIA® A+® Certification: A Comprehensive Approach for All 2009 Exam Objectives ((Windows® 7)) (Comprehensive)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify the basic network theory concepts.
- identify the major network communications methods.
- describe network media and hardware components.
- identify the major types of network implementations.
- identify the components of a TCP/IP network implementation.
- identify TCP/IP addressing and data delivery methods.
- identify the major services deployed on TCP/IP networks.
- identify the components of a LAN implementation.
- identify the infrastructure of a WAN implementation.
- identify the components of a remote network implementation.
- identify the major issues and methods to secure systems on a network.
- identify the major issues and technologies in network security.
- identify network security threats and attacks.
- identify the tools, methods, and techniques used in managing a network.
- describe troubleshooting of issues on a network.
Lesson 1: Network Theory
Topic 1A: Networking Terminology
Topic 1B: Network Categories
Topic 1C: Standard Network Models
Topic 1D: Physical Network Topologies
Topic 1E: Logical Network Topologies
Lesson 2: Network Communications Methods
Topic 2A: Data Transmission Methods
Topic 2B: Media Access Methods
Topic 2C: Signaling Methods
Lesson 3: Network Media and Hardware
Topic 3A: Bounded Network Media
Topic 3B: Unbounded Network Media
Topic 3C: Noise Control
Topic 3D: Network Connectivity Devices
Lesson 4: Network Implementations
Topic 4A: Ethernet Networks
Topic 4B: Wireless Networks
Lesson 5: Networking Models
Topic 5A: The OSI Model
Topic 5B: The TCP/IP Model
Lesson 6: TCP/IP Addressing and Data Delivery
Topic 6A: The TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Topic 6B: IP Addressing
Topic 6C: Default IP Addressing Schemes
Topic 6D: Create Custom IP Addressing Schemes
Topic 6E: Implement IPv6 Addresses
Topic 6F: Delivery Techniques
Lesson 7: TCP/IP Services
Topic 7A: Assign IP Addresses
Topic 7B: Domain Naming Services
Topic 7C: TCP/IP Commands
Topic 7D: Common TCP/IP Protocols
Topic 7E: TCP/IP Interoperability Services
Lesson 8: LAN Infrastructure
Topic 8A: Switching
Topic 8B: Enable Static Routing
Topic 8C: Implement Dynamic IP Routing
Topic 8D: Virtual LANs
Topic 8E: Plan a SOHO Network
Lesson 9: WAN Infrastructure
Topic 9A: WAN Transmission Technologies
Topic 9B: WAN Connectivity Methods
Topic 9C: Voice over Data Transmission
Lesson 10: Remote Networking
Topic 10A: Remote Network Architectures
Topic 10B: Remote Access Networking Implementations
Topic 10C: Virtual Private Networking
Topic 10D: VPN Protocols
Lesson 11: System Security
Topic 11A: Computer Security Basics
Topic 11B: System Security Tools
Topic 11C: Authentication Methods
Topic 11D: Encryption Methods
Lesson 12: Network Security
Topic 12A: Network Perimeter Security
Topic 12B: Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Topic 12C: Protect Network Traffic Using IPSec
Lesson 13: Network Security Threats and Attacks
Topic 13A: Network-Based Security Threats and Attacks
Topic 13B: Apply Threat Mitigation Techniques
Topic 13C: Educate Users
Lesson 14: Network Management
Topic 14A: Network Monitoring
Topic 14B: Configuration Management Documentation
Topic 14C: Network Performance Optimization
Lesson 15: Network Troubleshooting
Topic 15A: Network Troubleshooting Models
Topic 15B: Network Troubleshooting Utilities
Topic 15C: Hardware Troubleshooting Tools
Topic 15D: Common Connectivity Issues
Appendix A: Mapping Network+ Course Content to the CompTIA Network+ Exam Objectives
Appendix B: CompTIA Network+ Acronyms
Appendix C: Network Fault Tolerance Methods
Appendix D: Disaster Recovery Planning