Introduction to Computer Networks for Non-Techies

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104 Lessons (7h)

  • Section 1: Course Introduction
    Course Introduction and Overview3:22
    What This Course Is & What It Isn't
    Instructor Introduction1:20
  • Section 2: Overview and Benefits of Computer Networks
    What Is a Computer Network?4:58
    Some Basic Computer Networking Rules3:28
    Why Build a Computer Network?3:57
    How Computer Networks Impact Our Daily Lives5:24
    Benefits of Computer Networks3:39
  • Section 3: How Computer Networks Work
    Introduction to Computer Networking Protocols4:22
    Introduction to the OSI Model10:39
    Introduction to the TCP/IP Model4:47
    Introduction to MAC Addresses9:01
    Introduction to IP Addresses6:47
    IP versus MAC Addresses3:37
  • Section 4: Network Topologies
    LANs and WANs8:20
    Peer-to-Peer Network Architecture10:09
    Client-Server Network Architecture6:23
    Common Networking Components7:59
    Introduction to Physical Network Topologies3:01
    Common Physical Network Topologies14:28
    Physical Network Topology Selection Criteria6:02
    Network Design Scenarios Introduction0:48
    Class Follow-Along Exercise: Network Design Scenario #16:49
    Class Follow-Along Exercise: Network Design Scenario #22:28
    Class Follow-Along Exercise: Network Design Scenario #35:11
  • Section 5: Networking Devices
    Section Introduction
    Network Interface Cards2:08
    Hubs versus Switches2:28
    How a Switch Learns MAC Addresses5:51
    Wireless Access Points2:15
    Introduction to the Packet Routing Process5:47
    DHCP Servers2:27
    All-in-One SOHO Devices2:19
  • Section 6: Network Cabling
    Section Introduction
    Importance of Network Cabling1:36
    Types of Network Cabling2:07
    Twisted Pair Copper Network Cabling7:14
    Fiber Optic Network Cabling7:53
    Twisted Pair Copper Wiring Standards5:31
    Networking Cable Selection Criteria3:40
    Straight Through versus Cross Over Network Cables6:19
  • Section 7: The OSI Model
    OSI Model Overview4:24
    OSI Layer 7 - The Application Layer2:50
    OSI Layer 6 - The Presentation Layer2:10
    OSI Layer 5 - The Session Layer1:29
    OSI Layer 4 - The Transport Layer2:47
    OSI Layer 3 - The Network Layer2:37
    OSI Layer 2 - The Data Link Layer2:14
    OSI Layer 1 - The Physical Layer1:12
    OSI Model Data Encapsulation and Decapsulation5:10
  • Section 8: Planning a Network
    Why we Plan5:08
    The Overall Process3:05
    Understanding the Business3:11
    Establishing a Business Need4:04
    Defining Specific Areas of Improvement3:07
    Buy-in and Resources1:34
    Hidden Costs4:15
    Other Considerations3:38
    Planning Questions2:53
    Next Steps2:07
  • Section 9: Introduction to TCP/IP
    What is TCP/IP?1:06
    TCP/IP Protocols0:45
  • Section 10: TCP/IP Network Layer Protocols
    TCP/IP Network Layer Protocols0:30
    Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)4:32
    Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4)3:47
    Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)2:10
    Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)5:31
  • Section 11: TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols
    TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols0:41
    Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)3:33
    User Datagram Protocol (UDP)3:37
    TCP versus UDP2:43
  • Section 12: Common TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols
    Common TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols0:58
    Management Protocols4:16
    Remote Communication Protocols2:43
    File Transfer Application Protocols5:10
    Mail Application Protocols4:10
    Browser Application Protocols4:44
    Voice over IP (VoIP) Protocols3:58
  • Section 13: Computer Networking Ports
    Introduction to Computer Networking Ports9:16
  • Section 14: IP Addressing
    Section Introduction3:51
    IP Addressing Components and Classful IPv4 Addressing System8:11
    Identifying the Network You're On2:07
    IPv4 Private Addresses3:35
  • Section 15: Introduction to Subnetting
    Introduction to Subnetting7:18
  • Section 16: Designing a Network
    Designing a Network2:32
    Step 1: Identify the Uses of the Network2:40
    Step 2: List Which Tasks Execute on Which Computers2:25
    Step 3: Select the Type of Network: Centralized or Not?3:38
    Step 4: Select the Proper Equipment10:16
    Step 5: Draw the Network2:49
    Step 6 & 7: Write the Specifications & Build It!5:23
  • Section 17: Follow-Along Case Study Network Design Scenarios
    Section Introduction1:05
    Case Study Analysis Instructions
    Case Study #1: H&M Law Firm Case Study Downloadable Files
    Case Study #1: H&M Law Firm Walk-Through6:11
    Case Study #1: H&M Law Firm Network Design Proposal Analysis8:38
  • Section 18: Congratulations!

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Alton also has a fond love for teaching. As an undergraduate he group tutored chemistry students and as a graduate student he taught a GMAT prep course. Upon graduating from his MBA program, he began teaching as an adjunct professional for the School of Business & Public Administration at his local state university in the field of Information Systems and IT Management.


Course Description

Computer networks are complicated for anybody, but they can be especially confusing for people who aren't necessarily tech-inclined. If you're a non-techie, though, you can still learn how networks work, you just need the right instruction! This course has that instruction that will get you up to speed on networking essentials and set you apart from your peers.

  • Access 104 lectures & 7 hours of content 24/7
  • Understand the benefits of computer networks & how they work
  • Learn network topologies, devices & cabling
  • Explore the OSI & TCP/IP models
  • Discuss IP addressing & subnetting
  • Dive into the network planning & design process


Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web streaming, mobile streaming
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels


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