Network Infrastructure Essentials

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ELT 105

       Course Name: Network Infrastructure Essentials

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines physical aspects of voice and data network cabling and installation. Topics include overview of industry and worldwide standards; types of media and cabling; physical and logical networks, as well as signal transmission. Focus of hands-on, lab-oriented course is documentation, design and installation issues, laboratory safety, on-the-job safety, and working effectively in group environments. Course helps prepare for BICSI Registered Certified Installer, Level 1 exam. Students cannot receive credit for both ELT 105 and CNS 140.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student will learn to:

  1. Define the purpose of voice and data cabling
  2. Describe the applicable worldwide standards for media and data cabling
  3. List various types of media and data cabling
  4. Define physical and logical networks
  5. Demonstrate proper safety procedures
  6. Communicate effectively in technical and non-technical environments
  7. Prepare students for BICSI Registered Certified Installer, Level 1 exam

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. Cabling and Safety
  2. Networking Basics
  3. Signals and Wires
  4. Copper media
  5. Fiber Optic Media
  6. Cabling Standards
  7. Structured Cabling
  8. Tools of the Trade
  9. Cabling Installation Process
  10. Rough-in Phase
  11. Trim Out Phase
  12. Finish Phase
  13. Customer Support Phase
  14. Emerging Cabling Technologies

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and hands-on lab assignments

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Completion of on-line exams
Completion of final exam
Completion of lab projects

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

On-line Curriculum: Fundamentals of Voice and Data Cabling

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes 30%
Labs 50%
Final Exam 20%

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.