CNE 192 Network Administration

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Wilmington
Effective Date:
CIS 141, SSC 100 or concurrent


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course covers the skills necessary to install, maintain, and troubleshoot computer network infrastructure. Topics include computer networking technologies, basic design principles, computer wiring standards, and test equipment.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

USB flash drive for lab work and broadband Internet access

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Hybrid Course
Online Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Explain the basic functions and interconnectivity of computer networks. (CCC 2, 6; PGC 1, 2, 6)
  2. Develop a plan to design and implement a basic computer network. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  3. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a basic computer network. (CCC 2, 3, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. 1. Explain the basic functions and interconnectivity of computer networks.
    1. Define computer network types, topologies, and protocols.
    2. Explain the basic functions of computer networks and network devices.
    3. Describe the function of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model.
    4. Analyze the use of Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in network communications.
    5. Compare and contrast the OSI and TCP/IP Models.
    6. Distinguish among common network technology types, architectures, and their properties.
    7. Explain the purpose and functions of switches and routers.
    8. Describe the purpose and function of routing protocols.
    9. Select appropriate routing protocols for a given scenario.
    10. State the name and primary purpose of common protocols associated with each layer of the TCP/IP model.
  2. 2. Develop a plan to design and implement a basic computer network.
    1. Distinguish among standard cable types and their properties.
    2. Compare and contrast common physical networks topologies.
    3.  Identify appropriate wiring standards for a given scenario.
    4. Create Internet Protocol (IP) address space for constructing a basic network.
    5. Explain the purpose of virtual local area networks (VLANs).
    6. Model and document a computer network.
  3. 3. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a basic computer network.
    1. Construct and verify a basic network cable.
    2. Explain the purpose of network monitoring.
    3. Perform network monitoring to identify performance and connectivity issues for a given scenario.
    4. Evaluate common connectivity issues.
    5. Develop and implement a plan to remedy connectivity issues.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Apply techniques, skills and usage of modern tools of a computer network engineering technician.
  2. Apply analysis tools and problem-solving methods learned in the mathematics, computer, and electrical/electronic courses to troubleshoot network problems and analyze experiments.
  3. Diagnose and resolve network issues.
  4. Install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot network services for file access and storage, web-content hosting, network communications, network gateways and proxies, and security services on networking servers.
  5. Design, install, configure, and operate wide area networks (WAN) and local area networks (LAN).
  6. Explain the functions and the workings of common communications protocols and how such protocols are developed by standards organizations.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.