Students of this course are able to obtain and implement technical knowledge in operating systems and network technologies. They become experts in the systems and tools used in the day-to-day operations of modern network environments. This programme prepares the student to sit for the CompTIA Network+ Certification exam.
Upon completion of this course, the student becomes familiar with the basic concepts of networking, including the OSI and TCP/IP models and the protocols and applications that function within these models; they understand VLANs and their benefits and drawbacks; they become familiar with common network devices such as routers and switches, and work with wireless technologies to create a functional wireless network; they know the different types of network media, including twisted pair cable, coaxial cable, fiber optic cable, and wireless media and how to troubleshoot them; they understand WAN technologies and the properties of LANs including topologies; they understand the methods used to manage and monitor networks as well as the hardware and software tools used in the troubleshooting process; they understand security in wired and wireless environments, the threats and how they can be mitigated; and understand the properties and operations of firewalls.
These are the topics covered in the CompTIA N+ programme: