Data Media Infrastructure Fundamentals for IT Professionals

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 152

       Course Name: Data Media Infrastructure Fundamentals for IT Professionals

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents fundamentals of media infrastructure for an enterprise network. Topics include the necessary knowledge to specify a premise structured cabling system for a company.  Standards from the TIA, ISO and the IEEE will be examined.  Best practices for designing and maintaining a structured cabling system will be examined.  The course will end with a discussion of trends in data media infrastructure.  This course will provide students, with the prerequisite knowledge necessary to pursue the Registered Information Transport Professional (RITP) Certification.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the importance of media infrastructure in supporting business communications and operations
  2. Describe how to implement the components of a structured cabling system and distinguish between the types of copper and fiber optic cables.
  3. Implement and support best practices in specifying media infrastructure
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understand the fundamentals of TIA and ISO standards; as well as the importance of following codes, such as bonding and grounding.
  5. Identify the architectural spaces for a cabling plant and be able to describe the best practices in laying out a data center.
  6. Propose and describe trends in networking such as 10Gb,40Gb and 100Gb Ethernet

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 Structured Cabling
  2. Basic Media Infrastructure
    Cabling copper vs. fiber
    Supporting Infrastructure
  3. Understanding Spaces
    1. Premise offices
      1. Equipment Room (ER with the Main Cross-Connect)
      2. Telecommunications Room (TR with the Horizontal Cross-Connect)
      3. Entrance Facility (EF)
      4. Consolidation Points (and MUTOAs)
    2. Work Area (WA)
  4. Introduction to fiber optics
    Multimode vs. Single mode
    Distance limitations
    62.5um vs. 50um and LO 50um
    Termination methods
    Loss budget overview
  5. Introduction to copper systems
    Differences between category cables
    Shielded vs. unshielded cabling
    Twisted pair vs. coax
  6. Defining Codes and standards
    TIA standards
    ISO standards
    IEEE standards
    Local codes
  7. Best practices in laying out a data center
    TIA 942 and the Uptime Institute
  8. Overview of bonding and grounding
    NFPA-70; The National Electrical Code
    TIA 607-B
  9. Trends
    Alien cross talk for 10GbE
    Parallel optics for 40 and 100GbE

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class exercises, and discussion.  Also included will be “hands-on” lab exercises and projects.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Read course materials - textbook and current journals before the class
  2. Frequent attendance and participation in class lecture and lab
  3. Complete required assignments, exercises, and examinations
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Information Transport Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) 5th Edition

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include quizzes, examinations, completion of lab assignments and special exercises.

Final grades are determined through a weighted average of examinations, quizzes, laboratory assignments, homework assignments, class participation and attendance. After your numerical grade has been calculated, your letter grade will be determined as follows.
  1. 90–100% of the total percentage points possible
  2. 80–89% of the total percentage points possible
  3. 70–79% of the total percentage points possible
  4. 60–69% of the total percentage points possible
  5. Less than 60% of the total percentage points possible

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.