Computer Networking – KASNEB Syllabus

PAPER NO. 5 COMPUTER NETWORKING

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

This paper is intended to equip the candidate with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable him/her to network computers and work in a networked environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A candidate who passes this paper should be able to:

  • Identify hardware and software network components
  • Set up and configure various network topologies
  • Select appropriate transmission media
  • Apply various protocols in computer networking

CONTENT

Introduction to computer networks

  • Definitions of networking terms and concepts
  • Uses of networks
  • Advantages and disadvantages of computer networks
  • Network personnel

Types of computer networks

  • Personal area network (PAN)
  • Local area network (LAN)
  • Metropolitan area network (MAN)
  • Wide area network (WAN)
  • The Internet

Internetworking hardware

  • Modems
  • Switches
  • Client PC
  • Server
  • Routers
  • Network cards
  • Repeaters
  • Bridges
  • Gateway

Networking software

  • Types of networking software
  • Functions of networking software
  • Advantages and disadvantages of networking software
  • Networking operating system and desktop operating system
  • Selection and acquisition of network software

Transmission media

  • Bounded media
  • Wireless media
  • Broadband wireless technology
  • Selection and acquisition of transmission media

Networking topologies

  • Overview of network topologies
  • Physical topologies
  • Logical topologies (access methods)
  • Consideration when choosing a topology

Setting up a network

  • Tools used in networking
  • Cable preparation
  • Connecting computers to the switch/hub
  • Configuring shared network resources
  • Administering user accounts
  • Testing and monitoring connectivity
  • Network troubleshooting

Networking protocol

  • Overview of network protocols
  • OSI model
  • Transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP)
  • Routing

Emerging issues and trends



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