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CDA 1162
Classroom: DTEC 409
Time: Tue Thur 5:30 - 6:45pm
Instructor:  Ed Sloan                                                    
Office:    DTEC 434                                                              
Phone:   (813) 253-7410  
Instructor E-mail:    Office Hours:     TBA

Course Description

This course will introduce you to fundamental data communications concepts and stimulate your interest in the field of business data communications, the Internet, and e-business.  You will study practical examples of communications networks, and become more aware of the types of communications networks in use in the business world.  Creative thinking in the applications of data communications networks is encouraged.  You will learn about the Internet and how to use it as a repository of information.

Textbook and supplies

Guide to Telecommunications Technology - Tamara Dean, Thomson Course Technology  (ISBN: 0-619-03547-1)


Course Grade
Approximate % of Grade
Announced examinations (2)  
mid term and final   
Ch. Projects

Point System: 800 total assigned points

A     >= 720
B     >= 640
C     >= 560
D     >= 480


Student Conduct In Class Policy

Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.

Children In Class Policy

In accordance with HCC policy, children are not allowed on campus or in the classroom.

Electronic Devices In Class Policy

Cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations and quizzes, unless specified. Reasonable laptop-size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes.

Examination and Quiz Policy

Two announced examinations will be given. No make-up exams will be allowed without prior arrangements being made. Make-up exams must be taken when scheduled.

Preparing for Examinations: Attend lecture and read the Ch.s. At least 90% of the questions are taken directly from the reading material. Review the Ch. Summary and Key Terms sections at the end of the Ch.s on which you are being tested.

In Case You Are Late or Absent: It is your responsibility to get the course notes, handouts, and laboratory assignments should you miss class or be late. I
Appeals Policy

To appeal a grade, send an e-mail to your instructor's e-mail address within two weeks of the grade having been received. Overdue appeals will not be considered.

Incomplete Policy

Students will not be given an incomplete grade in the course without sound reason and documented evidence as described in the Student Handbook. In any case, for a student to receive an incomplete, he or she must be passing and must have completed half of the course.

Cheating Policy

Students are expected to uphold the school's standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:

Represent the work of others as their own.
Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.
Give unauthorized assistance to other students.
Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.
Misrepresent the content of submitted work.

The penalty for violating the honor code is severe. Any student violating the honor code is subject to receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.
For this class, it is permissible to assist classmates in general discussions of computing techniques. General advice and interaction are encouraged. Each person, however, must develop his or her own solutions to the assigned homework and laboratory exercises. Students may not "work together" on graded assignments. Such collaboration constitutes cheating, unless it is a grouped assignment. A student may not use or copy (by any means) another's work (or portions of it) and represent it as his/her own. If you need help on an assignment, contact your instructor or the TA, not other classmates.

Disabilities Policy

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to “reasonable accommodations.” Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course.

Laboratory Policy

Although the homework and laboratory assignments comprise approximately 30% of a grade, a student can receive a final grade no greater than a D if more than five homework or laboratory assignments are not handed in. Homework and laboratory assignments receiving less than a 50% score are considered not turned in.


Tutors are available in the open lab in the laboratory facility.


Consultants in the open lab are on duty to assist you with hardware and software problems. If your computer malfunctions or your printer is out of paper, go to the main desk and ask a consultant for help. The consultants are not laboratory assistants and, therefore, are not responsible for answering specific homework/laboratory questions.

Team Project

Teams of 2 - 4 students will select an enterprise and investigate, document, and prepare a report/presentation on it's telecommunications/networking components. Only enterprises with WANS will be acceptable. This is a significant assignment and only professional grade work expected.

Homework/Lab Assignments

Each student will maintain a class notebook with all homework and lab assignments. These will be checked at mid term and at the end of class. Handwritten is acceptable only if legible. Prepared with a word processor is preferred.

Jan 11
Course Introduction, Ch 1. Telecomm & Technology- ppt & lecture
Jan 13
Project - 1.4 FCC topic.  plus ANSI, ATIS, IEEE, OSO, ITU, & TIA/EIA
 Write brief description of each agency. be prepared to discuss next Tuesday
Jan 18
Ch 1 - Projects & Discussion, Review Questions
Ch. 2 Principles of Telecomm Technology
Project 2-3 Numbering Systems (for next class)
Jan 20
Chapter 2 Review & Discussion
Project 2-3 Numbering Systems

Jan 25
Ch 3 Evolution of Telecomm Technology & Policy

Project 3-3  Telecomm Act of 1996(for next class)
Jan 27
Ch 3 Projects & Discussions, Review Questions

Feb 1
Ch 4 The Public Network - ppt & lecture
Project 4-3 NAMP (for next class)
Feb 3
Ch 4 Projects & Discussion, Review Questions
Feb 8
Ch 5 Customer Premise Eqmnt & Applications
Feb 10
Ch 5 Discussion & Review Questions
Field Trip to DM MDF
Feb 15
Ch 6 Signaling & Switching - ppt & lecture
Project 6-1 Oscilloscope(for next class)
Feb 17
Ch 6 Projects & Discussion, Review Questions
Feb 22
Ch 7 Data Networking Fundamentals- ppt & lecture
Project 7-1 Network Performance
Feb 24
Ch 7Projects & Discussion, Review Questions
Mar 1
Mar 3
Ch 8 Physical Transmission Media - ppt & lecture
Project 8-3 PING for Thursday
Mar 8
Ch 8 Project In class, Discussion, Review Questions
Project 8-1 in Class - Cable termination
Mar 10
Ch 9 Wireless Transmission and Services- ppt & lecture
Mar 15
Spring Break - No Assignments
Mar 17
Spring Break - No Assignments
Mar 22
Ch 9 Project in Class, Discussion, Review Questions
Ch 10  Network Access and Transmission Methods
Access Point, Bluetooth Lab
Project 10-3 Internet Access
Mar 24
Ch 10 Projects in Class, Discussion, Review
Mar 29
Ch 11 Data Network Connectivity - ppt & Discussion
Project 11-3 in class NIC install
Mar 31
Ch 12 Internet Standards and Services- ppt & lecture
Apr 5
Ch 12 Projects in Class, Discussion, review
Ch 13 Information Security - ppt & lecture
Project 12-3 in class
Apr 7
Guest speaker - security topic (tentative)
Apr 12
Ch 14 Convergence of Voice, Video, and Data - ppt
Project 14-1
Apr 14
Guest Speaker - (tentative)
Apr 19
Final Online WebCT IN CLASS