Special Topics in Computer Networking & Systems

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 290

       Course Name: Special Topics in Computer Networking & Systems

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies depending on specific topic

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course explores major issues in the field of Computer Networking.  Topics will be selected from the following subspecialties as they relate to networking: Routers, Switches, LAN, WAN, Network wiring, Wireless technologies, Security, and other topics related to the field.  This course will have a different focus and/or scope from other courses currently offered in the department.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Explore special topics in networking.

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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

CISCO Networking and Operating systems
Microsoft Networking and Operating systems
Wireless Networking and Operating systems
Novell Networking and Operating systems
UNIX Networking and Operating systems
LINUX Networking and Operating systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A combination of lectures, lab, and on-line activities will be used to master the material.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

All Cisco lessons and chapter tests must be completed as well as the assigned laboratories. Reading material from supplemental sources as assigned must be read and a structured journal is kept

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

All assigned work must be completed and the Cisco on-line examinations must be passed.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.