LIBR 293-10
Introduction to Networking
Fall 2014 Greensheet

Dr. Tonia A. San Nicolas-Rocca
Other contact information: Skype name: tonia.san.nicolas
Office Location: Online
Office Hours: Tuesday at 6:30-8PM PDT and Thursday from 10AM - 12PM PDT, or by appointment

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Canvas Information: This course will be available beginning August 25, 2014. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to network computing and data communications as they are strategically used within organizations.  It focuses on concepts relating to hardware, software, protocols, models, design, security, local area networks, and wide area networks.  The goal is to provide students with an understanding of how organizations use networks, data communication, telecommunication solutions, and security tactics to improve efficiencies, share resources, communicate and collaborate, and to operate globally.  Students will be provided with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using typical networking solutions.

Course Requirements

All course requirements must be completed within the semester. A detailed schedule with dates for submission of the required documents and discussion posts is available in Canvas. The schedule is subject to change with fair notice to students by a post in Canvas.

  • Labs: Students are to complete various lab assignments. Lab assignments provide students with a real-life look at the use of various networking components. Students will go through various steps to connect, configure, secure, and manage networks and network devices. [SLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6; Core Competency: H]
  • Hands-on Projects:Students are to complete multiple hands on projects. These projects provide students with an opportunity to design network solutions. Students must use a diagraming tool such as Microsoft Visio or Gliffy to complete assignments.  [SLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6; Core Competencies: B, H]
  • Case Projects: Students are to complete multiple case projects. These case projects provide students with an opportunity to evaluate different networking situations and decide on a course of action to remedy problems.The goal is to help students sharpen their decision-making and troubleshooting skills.  [SLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6; Core Competencies: B, H]
  • Group Research Paper and Presentation: Students will work in groups to research a networking topic of their choice and present it to the class. [SLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6; Core Competencies: H, M]
  • Online Discussion Board: Students will lead/moderate one discussion thread relating to their research topic. Students must also participate in the discussion board by providing ideas or opinions relating to research topics espoused by other students. Discussion board participation cannot be made-up once the discussion has been completed.  [SLOs: 1,2,3,4,5,6; Core Competencies: H, M]

Required Lab

  • Online via TestOut (  Students must purchase online code to access Network Pro.  ISBN is 978-1-935080-43-5

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the OSI Model & identify layer functions.
  2. Understand transmission basics and networking media.
  3. Describe and identify common physical and logical topologies.
  4. Understand the use and purpose of different types networking hardware.
  5. Understand the use of wide area networks & remote connectivity.
  6. Understand basic network security and identify countermeasures.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 293 supports the following core competencies:

  1. B Describe and compare the organizational settings in which library and information professionals practice.
  2. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Dean, T. (2013). Network+ guide to networks (6th ed.). Cengage. Available through Amazon: 1133608191arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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