NET 413 Introduction to Lan Technologies

Dale Buchholz

Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 28573
Section number: 801
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01208 Loop Campus
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This course covers the principles of local area network (LAN) technologies including protocols, switching, routing, security, and design concepts. The course will focus on the lower layers of the OSI model and explore Ethernet, switching, VLANs, Wi-Fi, securing the network, Spanning-tree protocols (STP and RSTP), and static routing. The course will involve multiple lab exercises and troubleshooting activities to help reinforce the concepts.



Cisco Networking Academy,

Optional Text:


CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide

by Todd Lammle, Sybex, 2016, ISBN 978-1119288282


Required coursework components and their contribution to the final grade will be:

  1. 4 Homeworks (50 pts each; total 200 pts)
  2. 4 Labs (50 pts each; total 200 pts)
  3. Final Exam (100 pts)

Further details on each assignment will be distributed in class. Final grades will be calculated as follows: points earned divided by possible points in each category will yield a total course percentage score between 0% and 100%.  Letter grades will be assigned as:





























< 60



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