BuCS 126 Networking Technologies

Fall 2017 Course Syllabus

Mission statement

Hesston College, a college of Mennonite Church USA, educates and nurtures each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life, and faith for service to others in the church and the world.

Course Information

FACULTY:           Bob Harder

OFFICE:            K102 (Kropf Center)
OFFICE HOURS:      MWF 9/2, TTh 1/2
TELEPHONE:         620.327.8322 (x8322)
EMAIL:             bobh@hesston.edu

CLASS TIME:        1:00-1:50 MWF
CLASS ROOM:        K130 CIT Computer Lab

CREDIT HOURS:      3 credits

COURSE WEB SITE:   http://www.cs.hesston.edu/

Required Textbook/Instructional Resources

No textbook. This class is hands-on and students generate their own "textbook". A looseleaf notebook is useful for organizing course handouts, notes, and generated materials.

Catalog Description

BuCS 126 Networking Technologies covers basic data communications and networking concepts including network models, protocols, operating systems, cabling and hardware, IP addressing and subnetting, switching and routing, wireless technologies, networking services, network administration and troubleshooting procedures. Prerequisite: none.

Hesston College Outcomes Addressed in this Course

  1. Persons with intellectual and practical skills
  2. Persons of individual and social responsibility
    • - moral and ethical reasoning, decision-making and action
  3. Persons able to integrate and apply learning
    • - critical and creative thinking and problem solving, utilizing inquiry and analysis

Course Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Define computer networking terms.
  2. Apply basic computer networking concepts and principles.
  3. Design and create a peer-to-peer and a client/server computer network.
  4. Solve computer network troubleshooting issues.
  5. Analyze, diagram and record information related to computer networks.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of legal and ethical issues related to computer networking.

Course Assessments

Hesston College Outcome Course Outcomes Assessment Activity
1 1 Research Assignment 1
1 1 Research Assignment 2
1 1 Network Cable
1 1,2,4 Quiz 1
1 1 Research Assignment 2
1 1 Research Assignment 3
1 1 Punchdown
1 1 Research Assignment 4
1 1 Hub Network
1 1,2,4 Quiz 2
1 1 Research Assignment 5
1 1 Research Assignment 6
1 1 TCP/IP Worksheet
1 1,2,4 Midterm
1 1 Subnet Worksheet
1 1 Research Assignment 7
1 1 Research Assignment 8
1 1 Quiz 3
2 6 Legal/Ethical Issues Paper
1,32,3,4,5Project 1
1,32,3,4,5Project 2
1,32,3,4,5Final Exam

Evaluation Policy / Grading Scale

Research Assignments and Tasks40%   100 - 90% A
Midterm and Quizzes 20%   89 - 80% B
Paper 10%   79 - 70% C
Professionalism 10%   69 - 60% D
Final Exam 20%   less than 60%NC

Late assignments will not be accepted unless approved in advance. All non-group assignments are to be completed individually.

Midterm grades will be evaluated based on the current class grade.

Professionalism is a vital trait in the business community. All Computer Science/Computer Information Technology students are assumed to be professionals and will start with 100 points (10% of the final grade). A first instance of unprofessional behavior will result in a verbal warning. A second instance will result in a written warning and the loss of the 100 professionalism points. The class instructor has the option of returning some or all of the professionalism points at the end of the course if consistent professional behavior is subsequently exhibited.

Attendance Policy

Students are excused for college-approved group activities such as scheduled games for athletic teams, scheduled music and drama programs and trips, Student Life RA retreats, and academic activities including professional conferences and field trips. Students are not excused for practice in any sport; for music or drama rehearsals; or for service activities not part of a class-organized experience for credit (e. g. participation in Mennonite Central Committee Sale or Mennonite Disaster Service projects). Doing so would count as an unexcused absence.

Students are responsible for class work regardless of the type of absence. Students are responsible to initiate contact with each instructor whose class the students will miss by the last class prior to the absence in case of absences known ahead of time. For absences due to college-approved group activities, students must complete and submit all assignments on or before the due dates for all classes that will be missed.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. Late arrivals and absences not approved in advance are considered unprofessional behavior and will be reflected in the professionalism component of your grade. The Hesston College Vice President of Academics and the college's Student Support Team haveweekly knowledge of your class attendance records.

Students with Disabilities

Students who have qualified disabilities covered through the Americans with Disabilities Act and who desire special assistance should contact Deb Roth, Disability Coordinator, for assistance at the earliest possible time. While the coordinator will contact the instructor concerning requests for assistance, the instructor would appreciate if you would notify him/her that you have made a request for assistance, so that your needs may be accommodated.

Statement on Academic Dishonesty and Plagarism

Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes these offenses and must not engage in them in their work. Any student committing such offenses will be referred to the Student Success Coordinator and reported to the Vice President of Academics. Penalties for such activities include: a zero for the assignment (first offense), an NC for the course to dismissal from Hesston College for subsequent offenses. For further information regarding this policy, refer to the Hesston College Course Catalog.

Classroom Expectations

Texting, Internet browsing, messaging, emailing, or gaming during class is inappropriate and unprofessional. Your behavior becomes part of your final grade.

Other Course Requirements and Information

Before each class, students are expected to:

  1. Check the course schedule for assignment due dates.
  2. Go over the assigned reading from the text.
  3. Complete assignments and homework by the due date.
  4. Notify your instructor in advance if you can't attend or will be late. Otherwise, be on time.

The ACCESS lab (x8213) is located in the library and is available for study and learning support. Tutors are available to you at no charge. Contact your instructor if you would like to use this excellent service.

Prepare yourself to invest an average of 6 hours per week in additional study. Total study time estimate for this class: 90 hours. A table showing the approximate study time per assignment and per week is included in the print version of this syllabus.


The dynamics of the course or a change in certification requirements may necessitate a change in the syllabus at the discretion of the instructor.