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Introduction to Networking

This is a self-paced course that provides an Introduction to Networking

Introduction to Networking

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Starts Oct 22
Estimated 7 weeks
3–5 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
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About this course

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This is a self-paced course that provides an Introduction to Networking

Course topics include:

  • Overview of computer networking
  • Application layer
  • Transport layer
  • Network layer
  • Link layer
  • Overview of network security

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At a glance

What you'll learn

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By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe computer networks and identify key components of networks
  • Discuss the principles of networking applications and protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, and FTP
  • Describe peer to peer networks
  • Explain the principles behind the transport layer, multiplexing and demultiplexing, reliable data transfer, flow control, congestion control and TCP and UDP
  • Explain the principles behind the network services such as network layer service model forwarding versus routing
  • Describe how routers work, including path selection, broadcast, and multicast
  • Describe IP protocol, routing algorithms, and routing protocols that are used today on the Internet RIP OSPF and BGP
  • Discuss multiple access protocols, local area network, VLANs, Ethernet
  • Explain the principles of network security, cryptography, confidentiality, identification, message integrity
  • Describe common network security technologies such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems

Course Outline:

  • Week 1 - Overview of computer networking
  • Week 2 - Application layer
  • Week 3 - Transport layer
  • Week 4 - Network layer
  • Week 5 - Link layer
  • Week 6 - Overview of network security
  • Week 7 - Exam

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