CISM 3134 – Data Communications

Course Description

An overview of traditional and emerging telecommunications technologies and applications in today’s business environment including voice, data, video communications.  The application of business telecommunications to satisfy information systems requirements is emphasized. This course is part of the IT core  required for all IT majors.


At least 55 earned semester hours

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. To help the student develop a fundamental understanding of the concepts, terminology, and characteristics of business data communication (telecommunication) systems and networking infrastructures.
  2. To acquaint the student with the characteristics and functions of key data communications hardware, software, and network security technologies used in today’s networks.
  3. To provide the student with hands-on experience with a network operating system and network directory system that includes the creation of user accounts, group templates, directories, and other network objects; implementing login security and intrusion detection mechanisms; implementing trustee assignments and file system security mechanisms; and managing network user rights to network directories and files.
  4. To increase student awareness and understanding of the major factors and business issues that must be considered when planning, designing, and implementing data communication networks.
  5. To acquaint the student with the major business telecommunications issues and challenges faced by today’s network managers.
  6. To provide students with a working knowledge of the major data communication protocols, topologies, standards, and architectures found in both local area networks and wide area networks.
  7. To familiarize students with the major internetworking technologies found in today’s business telecommunications networks.
  8. To familiarize students with emerging data communication technologies, challenges, and network management issues.
  9. To increase student awareness of the wide range of networking-related career opportunities that are available in today’s marketplace.
  10. To help students understand how the Internet and Internet applications work.
  11. To provide students with hands-on experience with at least one Web page/site development language/tool.

Rationale for Inclusion

Virtually all IT applications have a significant network component, and IT professionals therefore must become familiar with the basic concepts in the area of data communications.  The course contributes to the following program outcomes:

(j) An ability to use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the core information technologies. [IT]

Last updated: 9/17/2014

Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848