Introduction to Business Telecommunications

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CAB 182

       Course Name: Introduction to Business Telecommunications

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is an overview of data communication and networks. It covers the development of essential soft skills and hard skills needed to work effectively with network administrators, network installers, and network designers. Emphasis is placed on the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks. Recommended: Basic computer coursework or comparable work experience.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the basic components of a computer network and be able to describe how the components interact with each other.
  2. Identify the functions of each type of network system and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  3. List the various transmission media and be able to explain the characteristics of each.
  4. Recognize and be able to explain the basics of data communications.
  5. Identify and explain the various types of error detection and error corrections schemes.
  6. Describe the basic operating procedures of the Internet; and how it relates to data and voice communications.
  7. Compare and contrast the differences between wireless telephone systems.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications
  2. Fundamentals of Data and Signals
  3. Conducted and Wireless Media
  4. Interfacing a Computer to Peripheral Devices
  5. Multiplexing and Compression
  6. Introduction to Networks
    1. Local Area Networks
    2. Metropolitan Area Networks
    3. Wide Area Networks
  7. The Internet
  8. Voice and Data Delivery Networks
  9. Network Security
  10. Network Design and Management

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, demonstrations, hands-on lab work, class discussions, short practice exercises.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Chapter reading, completion of assignments, using computer hardware and software, and a final project.
Course may be taught as f2f, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Textbook: Data Communications & Computer Networks: A Business User’s Approach, 8th Edition, Curt White, ISBN# 978-1-305-11663-4

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based on grades received on assignments and exams.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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