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Online Course Syllabus
CN315
Wide Area Networks
Important Notes:
This document provides an overview of expectations for this online course and is subject to
change prior to the term start. Changes may also occur during the term due to faculty or SPS
Distance Learning course updates. Some links may only be active once the term starts.
For this course you must check the Regis Bookstore:
http://www.efollett.com for the most
current online course material information.
Course Description |
Prerequisites |
Course Outcomes
Course Materials |
Grading Criteria |
Assignments
Course Description
This course introduces the student to the world of wide area networks (WANs). Focus is
especially placed on terminology as networking is such an acronym-rich, term-laden field. Also
presented is an indepth look at the major protocols, both wired and wireless, used in WAN
networks today along with their various advantages and disadvantages. Additionally, time is
spent looking at the tradeoffs involved with designing WAN environments.
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Prerequisites
CN 300
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Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to achieve the following five
outcomes:
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1. Describe the evolution of WAN architectures from early analog communication across
voice networks to the high-speed, reliable digital environments of today.
2. Describe the various internetworking components involved in WAN communications
including their operation, advantages, and disadvantages.
3. Identify and be able to discuss the differences between, the advantages, and the
disadvantages of the various WAN protocols including where they fit within the structure
of the OSI reference model.
4. Discuss the various WAN connectivity options along with their advantages and
disadvantages.
5. Describe the many choices involved with WAN deployment including tradeoffs
between switched or dedicated networks, private or virtual private networks, and
connectionless or connection-oriented architectures.
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Course Materials
Textbooks
(2004) Wide Area Networks by Regan, Patrick, Prentice Hall/Pearson Education,
1 st ed, ISBN: 0-13-046578-X
Additional and/or optional resources
http://searchnetworking.techtarget.com/home/
http://www.webopedia.com/
WestNet website Unit links:
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Accessing the WestNet web site: The WestNet content will open in a new browser window,
while your online course site will remain open in your original browser window.
To access the WestNet web site:
1. Select the links below.

2. After the new browser window appears, you can access both the WestNet content and
your online course site.
The WestNet web site offers different tools, in addition to those provided on the WebCT
course site, to help you learn the course materials. Activities completed on the WestNet
web site are for self-assessment only. They are not graded components in the course.
Some of the features available on the WestNet web site:

Audio overviews and summaries.

Animations of concepts found in the textbook.

Quizzes at the end of each lesson. These are not a graded component in the course.
They offer you an opportunity to assess how well you understand the weekly reading
assignment.

Glossary of terms
Unit 1 Fundamentals of WANs
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m1_l1.html
Unit 2 WAN Concepts and Components
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m2_l1.html
Unit 3 Physical Layer WAN Protocols
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m3_l1.html
Unit 4 Data Link Layer WAN Protocols
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m4_l1.html
Unit 5 Higher Layer WAN Protocols
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http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m5_l1.html
Unit 6 WAN Solutions
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m6_l1.html
Unit 7 Wide Area Networks
http://www.webclasses.net/Courses/WANs/7.0.1/IntraLearn/wan_m7_l1.html
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Grading Criteria

Evaluation Criteria
• Forum participation – 15%
• Weekly activity – 10%
• Weekly quizzes – 15%
• Midterm exam – 20%
• Final exam – 20%
• Final project – 20%
Breakdown/description of criteria elements
• Forum participation: Each student is expected to participate in the forum weekly by
responding to facilitator-initiated questions and responding to the postings of other
students.
• Weekly quizzes: In weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 each student is expected to complete
the 10-question, multiple-choice, WebCT quiz.
• Weekly activities: Each student is expected to complete the weekly activity contained
in the week-by-week section and email it to the facilitator.
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• Midterm exam: Each student is expected to complete the 50-question, multiple-choice
midterm examination.
• Final exam: Each student is expected to complete the 50-question, multiple-choice
final examination.
• Final project: Each student is expected to write a 10-page paper covering one of the
following 9 topics pertinent to this course:
VoIP
VPNs
Network management
Ethernet WANs
xDSL
Personal Internet security
SONET
Cable modem
Satellite modem
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Online Course Assignments: CN315
Week:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Course Dynamics
This course is organized around an eight-week program. Weekly outcomes, assignments, and
critical information are organized week-by-week. Typically, each week includes a reading
assignment, forum submittal, e-mail assignment, and work on your final course project. Work
on your final project every week and make periodic submittals of your progress as required by
your Facilitator.
Online weeks correlate to a 7-day work week. Each week's work begins on a Sunday. Week
One begins on the first day of the session, which is always a Monday. Prior to the start of each
week, before Sunday, complete the reading assignments. On Sunday of each week, read your
weekly critical information found in the Week-by-Week section. (Note: Your timely
understanding of critical information content may be required to complete your weekly
assignment or final project.)
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Generally, by Thursday of each week, participate in the Forum discussions, read other student
postings and post at least one substantive response by Sunday.
Generally, by Sunday of each week, save a copy of your assignments for yourself and e-mail
them to your Facilitator.
Course Assignments
Week 1:
Reading:
1. Read the online Course Syllabus, tour of the Forum, and the Course Assignments
page. This will help you understand what is involved in completing this course.
2. Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 (sections 3.1 - 3.4)
Activities:
1. Choose a topic for your written project assignment and email it to the facilitator by
midnight Sunday for approval.
2. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for information
about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
3. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 1 week-by-week section and email it to the
facilitator by midnight Sunday.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 1 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might Sunday.
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Week 2:
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Reading:
1. Chapter 3 (sections 3.5 - 3.6) and Chapter 18
Assignment:
1. Begin work on your written project assignment.
2. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
3. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 2 week-by-week section and email it to
the facilitator by midnight Sunday.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 2 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 3:
Reading:
1. Chapter 2 (section 2.3) and Chapter 9 (sections 9.1 - 9.4.1; 9.5 - 9.9)
Assignment:
1. Review your notes and prepare for the midterm exam in Week 4.
2. Continue work on your written project assignment.
3. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
4. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 3 week-by-week section and email it to
the facilitator by midnight Sunday.
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Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 3 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 4:
Reading:
1. Chapter 2 (section 2.4), Chapter 3 (sections 3.7 - 3.8) and Chapter 9 (sections 9.4.2
- 9.4.8)
Assignment:
1. Complete and submit the online midterm exam.
2. Continue work on your written project assignment.
3. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the mid-term exam.
4. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 4 week-by-week section and email it to
the facilitator by midnight Sunday.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 4 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 5:
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Reading:
1. Chapter 10
Assignment:
1. Continue work on your written project assignment.
2. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
3. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 5 week-by-week section and email it to
the facilitator by midnight Sunday.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 5 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 6:
Reading:
1. Chapter 11
Assignment:
1. Continue work on your written project assignment.
2. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
3. Respond to the assigned activity in the unit 6 week-by-week section and email it to
the facilitator by midnight Sunday.
Forum:
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1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 6 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 7:
Reading:
1. Chapter 4 and Chapter 5
2. Read the following Web-based article concerning the TCP/IP architecture:
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/cisintwk/ito_doc/ip.htm
Assignment:
1. Review your notes and prepare for the final exam in Week 8.
2. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the weekly quiz.
3. Continue work on your written project assignment.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 7 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
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Week 8:

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Reading:
1. Chapter 17
Assignment:
1. See the instructions on the Weekly Activity page in the Week by Week for
information about how to access and complete the final exam.
2. Submit your written project assignment to the facilitator.
Forum:
1. Respond to the Forum question in the unit 8 week-by-week section by midnight
Thursday.
2. Read all posted answers and post at least one substantive response by might
Sunday.
Complete online evaluation located at the bottom of the content in the Week by
Week.
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