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COMP 2654 - Data Communications and LAN Design

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course has been replaced with COMP 3521. This course replaces both COMP 2658 and COMP 2665 and covers the basics of designing, supporting and managing computer networks. Learn all about network data communications systems, concepts and terminology. Understand communications systems, business networking requirements based on the Internet, and the hardware and software needed. Students will work in groups to design networks, understand LAN cabling issues, addressing, connectivity options, network monitoring and how to make use of troubleshooting techniques.Topics include; data communication, network protocols, protocol implementations, LAN switching, virtual LANs and wireless networking. Upon successful completion, participants will understand how to interconnect computers, have a basic understanding of LAN theory, network design and be prepared to move on to COMP 3821, Enterprise Network Design. As an added benefit, some topics in this course will help in the preparation for the CompTIA Network+ exam. This course consists of one face to face meeting each week, group work, a significant online component and home work.


COMP 1002



This course was retired after the Winter 2019 term and is no longer offered through BCIT Part-time Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts and terminology related to data communication systems.
  • Identify the hardware and software needed for data communications and networking.
  • Describe the types of information used on computer networks.
  • Discuss the impact on communications of different distributed computing models.
  • Describe the use of network architectures in implementing data networks.
  • Identify the transmission media used for network communications.
  • Explain the methods used for signal transmission and data link control across transmission media.
  • Give examples of methods used to increase efficiency within data networks.
  • Discuss the difference between a private network and public network, such as the Internet.
  • Describe various LAN media types and specific operational considerations.
  • Describe the functioning of Ethernet LAN protocols.
  • Describe the role and function of bridges, hubs, switches and routers when used to interconnect LANs.
  • Be able to evaluate existing network hardware, protocols and topologies.
  • Have an understanding of the OSI model and how it relates to LAN technologies.
  • Given user requirements, be able to recommend specific LAN technologies, and be able to defend the recommendation intelligently.
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of Ethernet technologies and the implementation of them.
  • Have a general understanding of wireless technologies features and be able to address design needs.
  • Be able to identify all major components within a LAN structure and identify their characteristics.
  • Possess the skills required to design and manage a small network.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2008

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