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- Available Lessons: 119
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Credit: Yes
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Course SummaryComputer Science 304: Network System Design has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging network system design topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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|Course Progress||Best Score|
|Lesson 1 - Network System Design - Assignment: Designing a Simple Network|
The course objective is to teach students the foundations of network system design and to build upon that knowledge. Students will learn about topics such as network standards and protocols, network architectures, the TCP/IP model, WANs, wireless networks, cloud computing, and security.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows how your overall grade will be calculated.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. One assignment is required for this course. You can access it here.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
- Your assignment(s) will be graded by a Study.com instructor.
- The instructor will provide a graded rubric for you along with feedback on what you did well and what could be improved.
- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Explain the main characteristics of different types of networks
- List the different layers of the OSI model and explain the functionality of each one of the layers
- Identify and describe network architecture and technologies; explain types and uses
- Define and describe network devices and media used in networking
- Explain the addressing concept in a network and the use of the TCP/IP protocol @
- Define types of network servers and describe network services and technologies for network access
- Describe the particularities of wide area networks, the Internet, wireless networks, and cloud computing
- Explain network security, describe different types of security attacks and how they can be faced
There are no prerequisites for this course, but most students prefer to complete Computer Science 108: Introduction to Networking before taking this course.
Computer Science 304: Network System Design consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Computer Science 304: Network System Design by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Computer Science 304: Network System Design final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Fundamentals of Computer Networks||Explain the components and functions of communication networks and computer networks; compare the different types of networks and differentiate between them according to their utilization; summarize the history of networking.|
|Network Standards, Models & Protocols||Recognize the basic unit of a network; define the network node; evaluate each layer of the Open System Model (OSI); explain protocols.|
|Network Architectures & Technologies||Compare peer-to-peer and client/server network architectures; discuss basic networking topologies.|
|Network Media & Devices||Differentiate between analog and digital signals; compare methods of communication with ways of enhancing the communication performance. Define several network performance parameters, including bandwidth, throughput and latency; assess different cables types and cards that are used to connect physical layers.|
|The TCP/IP Model||Explain the importance of the TCP/IP networking protocol; understand how IP addressing is used to uniquely distinguish each node in a network; explain how IP addresses are translated into URL addresses; outline application layer protocols based on the TCP/IP protocol.|
|Network Servers & Services Fundamentals||Explain what a server is and describe the concept of a service; recognize Network Operating Systems (NOS) as platforms that provide some of these services; identify commonly used services.|
|Wide Area Networks & the Internet||Define the elements of Wide Area Networks (WANs) and their relations to the Internet; discuss topics pertaining to the management of Internet.|
|Wireless Networks Overview||Explain how wireless networks are used to connect cellphones and computers; discuss wireless networking concepts and compare node applications, types and protocols.|
|Cloud Computing Fundamentals||Define cloud computing and differentiate between cloud computing types; assess the functions of PaaS, SaaS and IaaS; explain the cloud storage concept and analyze security issues surrounding cloud computing.|
|Network Security Basics||Define concepts and types of network security; explain the basics of network security assessment and design.|
|Network Attacks & Remedies||Analyze concrete examples of security problems and explain how we can solve them; discuss the fundamentals of encryption.|
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|Completed all lessons in Computer Science 304: Network System Design course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
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|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
|Please note: Assignments are required to complete this course for credit. You have submitted / required assignments for this course.|
Please meet all of the pre-requirements in the Pre-Exam Checklist in order to take the exam.
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