Syllabus for ITS-140



Introduction to Networking addresses the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. It uses Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) layered models to examine the roles of protocols and services at the application, transport, network, data link, and physical layers. In addition, it includes the principles and structure of Internet protocol (IP) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations. The course also examines the application of network security controls and countermeasures against cyberattacks.




After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Analyze the functions of the protocols and services provided at various layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models. 

CO2        Utilize network protocol models to explain the layers of communications in data networks.

CO3        Design, build, and test simple local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

CO4        Summarize data communication functions within computer networks of various scales.

CO5        Implement node and network addressing and naming schemes at various layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models.

CO6        Explain the role of models, topologies, and protocols in the design and operation of data networks.

CO7        Analyze the security threats at various layers of the OSI and TCP/IP.

CO8        Discuss fundamental troubleshooting tools and approaches.



The following uCertify course will serve as your virtual textbook for the course:

uCertify provides interactive online courses that help students prepare for various certification exams. In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course as an interactive textbook with chapters and lessons, quizzes, exercises, and more to aid in learning about topics in cybersecurity.

Note: To access the uCertify virtual textbook and all associated lesson activities, click the uCertify course: Pearson CompTIA Network+ N10-006 link in the top section of the ITS-140 course website. When you click the link (LTI connector) for the first time, you will be redirected to a paywall that will ask you to buy an access code (click the Buy it now button). This is a one-time payment. Once you have made your payment, you will have access to the uCertify course and can navigate to specific chapters and lessons (uCertify uses these designations interchangeably) and all associated activities (quizzes, exercises, and labs) through the student dashboard.


You are also required to view videos on various topics linked within each module.


Introduction to Networking is a three-credit, online course consisting of six modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. The course includes a network design paper, a final project, and a final exam. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete uCertify activities (quizzes and labs), write reflection reports and a network design paper, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Summary of Activities and Assessments (below) and the Course Calendar for due dates.

uCertify Assignments

In completing your coursework, you will be using parts of the uCertify course Pearson CompTIA Network+ N10-006 as an interactive textbook. Access to the uCertify course is through the uCertify course: Pearson CompTIA Network+ N10-006 link located in the top section of the ITS-140 course website.

In addition to studying one or more lessons each week, you are required to submit the results of all lesson quizzes and lesson labs to your mentor for grading.

Lesson Quizzes

Each uCertify lesson includes a lesson quiz. Access the quiz by going to the uCertify Table of Contents and selecting “Quizzes” for that lesson. To receive credit for the quiz, you must score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode. You may initially take the quiz in Learn or Review mode, but to receive credit for this activity, you must ultimately score 100% on the quiz when taken in Test mode.

Lesson quizzes are formative activities. You may take them as many times as necessary. At the end of the test, once you have achieved a score of 100%, share your results by downloading the PDF file and submitting it to the mentor using the appropriate assignment link in Moodle.

Lesson Labs

Each uCertify lesson also includes labs. Refer to the following information for completing labs and documenting completion.

Directions for Completing Labs and Documenting Completion

Note that labs and exercises are separate items, although some questions appear as part of both activities.The labs are designated as such in the TOC.


The cards and the exercises, though valuable, are optional for this course.

Discussion Forums

Introduction to Networking has five graded online discussions. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. Participation in class discussions is required and counts 35% toward your final grade in the course.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on a classmate's response. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

Reflection Reports

You are required to complete four reflection reports. The reports require you to think back over the module readings and activities and then write a paper of between 500 and 1200 words (two to four pages) focused on a particular question, issue, or problem.

Network Design Paper and Final Project

You are require to write two papers within Introduction to Networking: one paper discusses network design across businesses and the other paper, the final project, focuses on a particular cybersecurity breach with an exploration of its origin, characteristics, effects, and possible prevention.

A more complete description of each paper may be found in the course modules.

Final Examination

The final exam is 90 minutes long and covers all of the material in the course. It consists of multiple-choice questions.


The exam is closed book; you are not allowed to have any materials with you during your final exam administration.

For the final exam, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, final project).


The following table indicates the required activities for the course, the week in which the activities are due, and the section within the course website where you can find the details for each activity. Consult the Course Calendar for the specific days on which each activity is due, and go to Week-by-Week Dates to see specific dates for the current semester.


Week Due

Module or Section in Which to Find Activity Details

  • Introductions Forum: initial post and comments
  • uCertify, Lesson 1, 2, 3 Labs



  • uCertify, Lesson 1, 2, 3 Quizzes
  • Discussion Forum 1: initial post and comments



  • uCertify, Lesson 4 and 8 Labs
  • uCertify, Lesson 4 and 8 Quizzes



  • Discussion Forum 2: initial post and comments
  • Reflection Report 1



  • uCertify, Lesson 5 and 6 Labs
  • uCertify, Lesson 5 and 6 Quizzes



  • Discussion Forum 3: initial post and comments
  • Reflection Report 2



  • uCertify, Lesson 7 Labs
  • uCertify, Lesson 7 Quiz
  • Discussion Forum 4: initial post and comments
  • Reflection Report 3



  • uCertify, Lesson 9, 10, and 11 Labs
  • uCertify, Lesson 9, 10, and 11 Quizzes



  • Discussion Forum 5: initial post and comments
  • Network Design Paper



  • uCertify, Lesson 12 and 13 Labs
  • uCertify, Lesson 12 and 13 Quizzes



  • Reflection Report 4



  • Final Project


Final Project


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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