Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus

Spring Semester 2017
16-Week Session

ITN 100 – Introduction to Telecommunications
Section 003N – 3 Credit Hours


Course Description | Prerequisites | Instructor | Text | Class Hours | Office Hours | Important Dates | Course Objectives | Major Topics | Grades | Class Schedule | Inclement Weather Policy | Academic Dishonesty | Attendance Policy | Learning And Growth PolicyEmergency Evacuation Procedures


Course Description:

Surveys data transmission systems, communication lines, data sets, network, interfacing, protocols, and modes of transmission. Emphasizes network construction and operation. Lecture 3 hours per week.


ITE 115


Rick Miller, MS Computer Science
California State University Long Beach
Phone: (703) 207-0532


Business Data Communications & Networking, 12th Edition


Class Hours:

Time: Tuesdays, 7:30PM – 10:10PM
Room: CC-0234
Dates: 10 January 2017 – 02 May 2017

Office Hours:

You can talk to me before, during or after class. You can also call me but I prefer email.

Important Dates To Remember:

  • First day of class: 10 January 2017
  • Last day to drop with tuition refund or change to Audit: 26 January 2017 (Census Date)
  • Last day to withdraw without grade penalty: 21 March 2017 (Note: The award of ‘W’ after the last day to withdraw without grade penalty REQUIRES official documentation and the Dean’s signature.)
  • Holidays/Non Instructional Days: 7 March 2017 Spring Break (6 – 12 March)
  • Last day of class: 2 May 2017

Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify modern communications and network trends.
  • Explain the various data transmission media to include both analog and digital transmission and data coding techniques.
  • Explain networking protocols at all layers of the OSI model and their operation.
  • Explain major line sharing techniques. (i.e., circuit sharing and packet sharing)
  • Identify the issues regarding local area networks to include topology and network protocol.
  • Explain data communication techniques used to facilitate decentralization of data processing.
  • Explain the OSI 7-layer model for standards development.
  • Explain Internet technology.
  • Understand digital image and audio processing techniques.

Major Topics:

  • Communication system and OIS model
  • The business environment
  • Data communication codes and transmission media
  • Communication interface and modem
  • Communication networks
  • Line sharing
  • Protocols
  • Digital and analog signal transmission
  • Communication Administration
  • Internet basics
  • Internet operation and addressing
  • Digitizing grayscale and color images
  • Digital video
  • Digital audio


Your grades will be derived according to the following table:

Activity Grade Percentage
Pop Quizes 10%
– Class Participation
– Preparedness
– Professionalism
Midterm 30%
Final 50%
Untimately, the benefit you derive from the class is directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into your studies. There’s a lot of great information in the book, I recommend you read it. I don’t think we’ll have the time to dive deeply into every topic contained in the book during the each class session, therefore, you’ll be required to spend additional time outside of class working on reading and hands-on activity assignments.

Class Schedule:

Week Topics Covered Notes
  • Course Introduction & Ice Breaker
  • Review Syllabus
  • Web Site
  • Text review

Chapter 1: Introduction to Data Communications

Chapter 2: Application Layer

All students send me an email so I can add you to the class email list.
I will use the list to notify you of updates to this website and other
class business.Get WiresharkChapter 1 Slides
2 Chapter 2: Application Layer


Chapter 2 Slides
3 Chapter 3: Physical Layer


Chapter 3 Slides
4 Chapter 4: Data Link Layer Chapter 4 Slides

Chapter 5: Network and Transport Layers


Chapter 5 Slides


6 Chapter 5: Network and Transport Layers


7 Midterm Pre-Exam Review Chapters 1 – 5  


8 Midterm Exam Midterm Exam

Spring Break



Spring Break


9 Chapter 6: Network Design  

Chapter 6 Slides


10 Chapter 7: Wired and Wireless Local Area Networks Chapter 7 Slides
11 Chapter 8: Backbone Networks Chapter 8 Slides
12 Chapter 9: Wide Area Networks Chapter 9 Slides
13 Chapter 10: The Internet Chapter 10 Slides
14 Chapter 11: Network Secutiry


Chapter 11 Slides
15 Chapter 12: Network Management

Final Pre-Exam Review


Chapter 12 Slides


16 Final Exam Final Exam

Inclement Weather Policy

Check the NOVA website for inclement weather announcements.

Academic Dishonesty:

I expect the work you do in this class to be your own. I encourage the free exchange of ideas between students, however, the work you ultimately hand in to fulfill course requirements must not be simply copied from another student or other sources.

From the NVCC Catalog

When College officials award credit, degrees, and certificates, they must assume the absolute integrity of the work you have done; therefore, it is important that you maintain the highest standard of honor in your scholastic work. The College does not tolerate academic dishonesty. Students who are not honest in their academic work will face disciplinary action along with any grade penalty the instructor imposes. Procedures for disciplinary measures and appeals are outlined in the Student Handbook. In extreme cases, academic dishonesty may result in dismissal from the College. Academic dishonesty, as a general rule, involves one of the following acts:

  • Cheating on an examination or quiz, including the giving, receiving, or soliciting of information and the unauthorized use of notes or other materials during the examination or quiz.
  • Buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting any material purported to be the unreleased contents of a forthcoming examination, or the use of such material.
  • Substituting for another person during an examination or allowing another person to take your place.
  • Plagiarizing means taking credit for another personÕs work or ideas. This includes copying another personsÕs work either word for word or in substance without acknowledging the source.
  • Accepting help from or giving help to another person to complete an assignment, unless the instructor has approved such collaboration in advance.
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to the College; forgery and alteration or use of College documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud.

Attendance Policy:

You should only miss class when you have a genuine emergency. I prefer advance notification via email. It goes without saying that you are responsible for course and assignments due, and for information covered, on the day(s) you miss. If you miss too many classes, and too many is entirely at my discretion, you will earn an “F” for the class. Also, the class meets only one day per week.

The Attendence Policy from the NVCC Catalog:

“Education is a cooperative endeavor between a student and his or her instructor. Instructors plan a variety of learning activities to help their students master the course content. Your contribution is to participate in these activities within the framework established in the class syllabus. Faculty will identify specific class attendance policies in the class syllabus that is distributed at the beginning of each term. Successful learning requires good communication between students and instructors; therefore, in most cases, regular classroom attendance, or regular participation in the case of a non-traditional course format, is essential.

It is your responsibility to inform your instructor prior to an absence from class if requested by the instructor in the class syllabus. You are responsible for making up all course work missed during an absence. In the event of unexplained absences, especially if you miss the first three weeks of class, your instructor will withdraw you administratively from the course.”

Learning and Growth Policy

“NOVA is a place for learning and growing.  You should feel safe and comfortable anywhere on this campus.  In order to meet this objective, you should: a) let your instructor, his/her supervisor, the Dean of Students or Provost know if any unsafe, unwelcome or uncomfortable situation arises that interferes with the learning process; b) inform the instructor within the first two weeks of classes if you have special needs or a disability that may affect your performance in this course.”

Emergency Evacuation Procedures:

Should the need to evacuate the room in a hurry arise, the procedures to do so are posted in the class. We’ll discuss these on the first day and hope we never have to use them!