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Teaching: MIS 320: Networks and Security

Sample Lecture Schedule

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Required Prerequisites:  

A minimum grade of C in MIS 301, L301, MIS 303, or L303; Students with a class of Freshman may not enroll. Non-Degree level students may not enroll. Students with the terminated from BU major attribute may not enroll.  

Required Course Materials  

No text purchase is required. Materials provided via Blackboard;   

Two texts are offered as recommended supplemental material  

1) Managing and Troubleshooting Networks, 4th edition or 5th edition by M. Meyers. 
2) Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 6th Ed. By Kurose & Ross  

Course Description: Introduces students to fundamentals of networking technologies and their role in businesses. Emphasis is on understanding the business implications of different networking technologies and solutions. Students learn to identify and understand business requirements and bring together different technical components to design communication solutions. Also focuses on security threats to business network infrastructure and mitigating such threats with business practices combined with technical solutions. Offered by School of Business. May not be repeated for credit.  

Course Objectives   

Upon completion of this course, student should be able to:  

  • Discuss network architectures and technologies as well as their applications in businesses   
  • Describe the principles, functions, and standards of communication networks   
  • Explain the OSI 7-layer reference model as well as the related standards/protocols/applications   
  • Evaluate and select appropriate network devices to satisfy the business requirements   
  • Assess and manage the network security related risks • Apply basic techniques in monitoring network operations and security   
  • Create, review, evaluate, and refine network security policies and procedures   

Mason Core Learning Outcomes:   

  • Students will understand the principles of information storage, exchange, security, and privacy.   
  • Students will become critical consumers of digital information; they will be capable of selecting and evaluating appropriate, relevant, and trustworthy sources of information.   
  • Students can use appropriate information technologies to organize and analyze information and use it to guide decision-making.   
  • Students will be able to choose and apply appropriate algorithmic methods to solve a problem.   

ISOM Learning Goals:   

  • Apply knowledge of information technology, operations, and business functions to assess, design and improve business processes.   
  • Develop data organization, storage, and processing solutions to support organizational needs for information management. Also develop skills in the area of business intelligence.   
  • Use knowledge of computer networks as part of IT solutions for improving business processes.  

Course Format:   

This course consists of a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on practice sessions. Please see the topical outline for a tentative list of topics. There will be individual assignments, quizzes, and exams.  

Computer Use Policy:   

Access to the internet and a computer is required. All official course materials will be online in our Blackboard course. Communication will be via Blackboard and/or your GMU e-mail only. The instructor can only respond to GMU e-mails and will not be able to respond to e-mails written on a private account.  

We will use one piece of specialized software in the course, WireShark. This is free software that works on Windows, MacOS X, and Linux. Students are responsible for submitting files in an acceptable format that can be processed.  We may use additional tools (NMAP, TCPDump, others).

Important Logistics Information:   

  • The schedule in the syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.   
  • Check email and Blackboard often for regular updates to class activities.   
  • Please allow up to 24 hours for a response to e-mail or blackboard messages.    
  • Unfortunately, E-mail sent from non-GMU email addresses cannot be acknowledged nor responded to (FERPA). Use official channels (GMU Email/Blackboard) can be used.   
  • Policy on Electronic Devices: Now OBE by transition to online course delivery; Please turn devices on silent/vibrate or mute your call during any live class session   

Participation: You will earn participation credit for participation in online discussion. Your discussion will be graded based upon a rubric, which looks to quality, timeliness, responsiveness, and moving the discussion forward. Discussions will run from Monday to Sunday, after which discussion postings will not count. Forums will be closed at 11:59PM on Sundays. Students may earn additional participation points for contributions to class discussions at instructor’s digression  

Grading Policy: Instructor reserves right to adjust scoring for assignments  

Assignment  Value  Semester Grade Scale  
Exams  40%  A+ 97% to 100%  C+  77% to 79.99%  
Quizzes  20%  A  93% to 96.99%  C  70% to 76.99%  
Homework  20%  A- 90% to 93.99%  D  60% to 69.99%  
Participation  20%  B+87% to 89.99%  F  Below 60.00%  
    B  80% to 86.99%    
Grading Information