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)
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
- Explain the importance of media infrastructure in supporting business communications and operations
- Describe how to implement the components of a structured cabling system and distinguish between the types of copper and fiber optic cables.
- Implement and support best practices in specifying media infrastructure
- Demonstrate knowledge and understand the fundamentals of TIA and ISO standards; as well as the importance of following codes, such as bonding and grounding.
- Identify the architectural spaces for a cabling plant and be able to describe the best practices in laying out a data center.
- Propose and describe trends in networking such as 10Gb,40Gb and 100Gb Ethernet
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
- Introduction to Structured Cabling
- Basic Media Infrastructure
Cabling copper vs. fiber
- Understanding Spaces
- Premise offices
- Equipment Room (ER with the Main Cross-Connect)
- Telecommunications Room (TR with the Horizontal Cross-Connect)
- Entrance Facility (EF)
- Consolidation Points (and MUTOAs)
- Work Area (WA)
- Premise offices
- Introduction to fiber optics
Multimode vs. Single mode
62.5um vs. 50um and LO 50um
Loss budget overview
- Introduction to copper systems
Differences between category cables
Shielded vs. unshielded cabling
Twisted pair vs. coax
- Defining Codes and standards
- Best practices in laying out a data center
TIA 942 and the Uptime Institute
- Overview of bonding and grounding
NFPA-70; The National Electrical Code
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
- Read course materials - textbook and current journals before the class
- Frequent attendance and participation in class lecture and lab
- Complete required assignments, exercises, and examinations
IX. Instructional Materials
Information Transport Systems Installation Methods Manual (ITSIMM) 5th Edition
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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.
- 90–100% of the total percentage points possible
- 80–89% of the total percentage points possible
- 70–79% of the total percentage points possible
- 60–69% of the total percentage points possible
- 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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.