Mis 260: Networks

Section 01 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 1:45PM

Section 02 Tuesday, Thursday   2:00PM - 3:15PM

Old Main Computer Labs

TEXT: Microsoft Windows Networking Essentials by Darril Gibson  ISBN:978-1-118-01685-5 Available from many sources! Amazon
OFFICE: 307 Old Main, also check computer labs in basement of Old Main
OFFICE HRS: MWF 9:00-10:50, Tues. Thurs 9:30-10:00. Also by appointment.
E-MAIL dplatte@mercyhurst.edu
Web Site: math.mercyhurst.edu/~platte/nets01  or  math.mercyhurst.edu/~platte/nets02          Course Information, grades, assignments

Course Description:

Networking is about the transmission of DATA from point A to point B and back. It is also about protecting, securing and saving the DATA. Do not forget this!
The course is intended to provide a practical study of networks. Topics will include; Introduction to networks, peer to peer networking, client server networking, Internet, TCP/IP, Microsoft protocols, topologies, HTML, installation & maintenance, and security. The client operating systems will be Windows 10 and Linux and the network operating systems will be Windows Server 2016.


The prerequisites for this course are MATH 146 and/or  MIS 140, or at least permission. You should have a good working knowledge of windows 10.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course a student should:
  1. Know basic network terminology and be able to explain it.
  2. Explain purpose and usage of basic network hardware, including NICs, hubs, switches, bridges, routers, repeaters, firewalls and WAP.
  3. Be able to install, configure and troubleshoot a NIC for TCP/IP, client networking and peer to peer networking.
  4. Be able to configure and troubleshoot Windows 10 for network operation.
  5. Be able to do basic networking including sharing, access remote computer, setting permissions, diagnostics and determining configuration settings.
  6. Know and explain basic networking concepts including setting up groups and users, permissions and security.
  7. Be able to identify and discuss the TCP/IP protocols, including DNS, DHCP, ARP, SSH, SSL, LDAP, IMAP and NAT.
  8. Know about and use the Internet and WEB-tools, including HTML, telnet, ftp, sftp, and ssh.
  9. Be able to install server software , including Microsoft Windows Server 2016, webserver, FTP server and virtual servers.

Course Format:

The text book is just an introduction to networking. I hope to cover topics from chapters 1-5, 7, 12 and a few topics from 6-10. Topics not in the book that will be covered are peer-to-peer networking and Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Server 2016 topics will include its features, uses, administration and installation. There will be concepts from some of the other chapters and there will be supplementary topics. You are responsible for all the material and concepts we cover in class. Many of the class days will be lecture days. At the beginning of each class I will ask if there are questions from the previous lecture. There will also be lab experiences in the various computer labs on campus. I encourage you to ask questions as they arise during the class. If you are unable to have your questions answered in class, then see me outside of class you are welcome to drop in anytime I am in the office. Also, check the computer labs in the basement of Old Main.

Course Evaluation:

Although I will not formally check attendance, I do expect you to attend class.


Homework will be assigned often. The homework will be scaled at the end of the term so that perfect homework total is worth 100 points. All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after it was assigned. No homework will be accepted at times other than the due time except with a prior valid excuse or under extremely extenuating circumstances. All homework must be done on 8.5 by 11 inches paper only with no ragged edges. Do not turn in homework torn from a spiral notebook without trimming the ragged edges! Homework turned in with ragged edges will be thrown out. I would prefer that the homework be typed. Problems must be numbered. Try to be organized and neat as possible. No red ink or red pencil may be used on your work. Any homework turned in that does not comply with these conditions will be ignored.
Do your OWN work. Do not loan homework to a fellow student. It is okay for students to help each other and to share ideas and knowledge.  Students who copy homework (cheat) will receive a 0 for the assignment.


There will be three projects. Project I: March 22 Campus network paper. Project II: Publish HTML on our department Sever via SFTP( or SSh), Project III: Install a server software product. The  projects are 15 points each. Students who copy a project will receive a 0 for all projects.


There will be three in class exams (tentative dates are: Feb.13, March 27 and May 1) and a comprehensive final exam (Section 01 May 8 1:00-3:00) or (Section 02 May 10 1:00-3:00) . Each exam is worth 100 points and the final is worth 120 points. Since I do not ordinarily give make-up exams, only the most serious reason constitutes an excuse for missing an exam. Any student who is caught cheating during an exam, as a first offense, will receive 0 points on that exam. Students with a second offense of cheating will receive the grade of "F" in the course. 

Final Grade:

Your final grade will be assigned by taking your total accumulated points and dividing by total number of possible points (5.65), wherever this resultant fits in the table that is your final letter grade.

Percent 100-90 89-85 84-80 79-75 74-70 69-65 64-60 Below 60
Grade A B+ B C+ C D+ D F

Student Learning Outcome

This course will be used to assess the Information Technology program Student Learning Outcome #3: "Analyze computer networks and solve networking problems". This learning outcome will be measured using a few questions and hands on activities from the final exam. You will not be inform of what questions and activities are used. This assessment has no impact on your final grade. Rather, the results of this assessment may be used to modify or enhance this course and our program where needed.


The schedule is tentative and can be modified at any time if needed. While every effort will be made to adhere to the syllabus, I reserve the right to amend the syllabus when deemed necessary. The student is responsible for noting of any changes, which will be announced during class periods. There is no extra credit possibility for this course on an individual basis. DO NOT ASK! If I decide to use the extra credit option it will be available for the entire class.


The following class room behaviors are not acceptable at the University, and will not be tolerated.
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