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Diploma in Computer Networking Free Course

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  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Diploma in Computer Networking introduces the key devices found on local area networks (LANs), explains the structure and function of different types of LANs and WANs, and introduces you to the network architecture and protocols used in network security.

    The course begins by introducing you to the key devices found on LANs such as hubs, switches and routers, and how each of these devices functions to allow for effective and efficient communication on the LAN. You will then learn about the functions of IP addresses and how they are broken down into Network ID and Host ID components. The course then moves on to explain the seven layers of the OSI Model. You will learn about the structure and function of each layer and how data is passed through the seven layers to allow two devices communicate with each other.

    You will learn about the structure of Internet Protocol addresses in detail, including IP Ranges and their classes. You will compare and contrast the structure and function of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and will learn about the role of Default gateway and DNS server in networking. The course introduces you to basic TCP/IP tools such as command prompt, ipconfig and ping, and the use of these tools will be demonstrated. Next, you will be introduced to advanced TCP/IP tools such as Netstat, Pathping, Nslookup, Telnet, NbtStat and Netsh. Again, these tools and their uses will be demonstrated.

    Next, you will learn about Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, which is a client/server protocol that enables configured client computers to obtain IP addresses automatically. You will also learn about Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) which is a protocol within the TCP/IP suite that encrypts and authenticates IP packets. You will learn about Routing which is the process of managing the flow of data between network segments and between hosts or routers. You will review common dynamic routing protocols such as Distance vector routing (Routing Information Protocol (RIP) and Link state routing (Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)).


    Next, the courses introduces the features and functions of VPN protocol: Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). You will learn how Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) encapsulates Point-to-Point (PPP) frames into IP datagrams for transmission over an IP-based network. You will then learn about Firewalls which are the most commonly used type of security device in an organization's perimeter and how they protect a network from malicious attack and unwanted intrusion.

    You will learn about the two types of Packet filtering (Stateless and Stateful) and their functions. Finally, you will learn about the Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) which detects malicious network activities by monitoring network traffic, and the Network Intrusion Prevention System (NIPS) which inspects network traffic and can remove, detain or redirect malicious traffic.

    This course will be of interest to all learners who would like to learn more about computer networking, the different types of LANs and WANs found in networks, the protocols used to allow secure communications between networks and network architecture and protocols used in network security. It will also be of great interest to all learners who are considering computer networking as a career or who are considering doing professional computer networking exams.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:

    - Explain how Hubs, Switches and Routers function.
    - Describe how Ethernet functions.
    - Describe the structure and function of IP Addresses.
    - List the seven layers of the OSI Model.
    - List the four layers of the TCP Model.
    - Explain the similarities and differences between the OSI Model and the TCP Model.
    - Describe the structure and function of twisted-pair cable.
    - Define the terms attenuation and interference in relation to networking.
    - Describe the structure and function of wireless networks.
    - Describe the structure of Internet Protocol addresses.
    - Describe the role of Default gateway and DNS server in networking.
    - Compare and contrast IPv4 versus IPv6 addresses.
    - Describe the function of basic TCP/IP tools such as command prompt, ipconfig and ping.
    - Describe the function of advanced TCP/IP tools such as Netstat, Pathping, Nslookup, Telnet, NbtStat and Netsh.
    - Describe Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
    - Describe the function of Remote Desktop Services.
    - Describe Routing and Remote Access Service and IPSec.
    - Describe Domain Name Service and WINS.
    - Describe Routing and its functions.
    - Describe Interior and Exterior Gateway Protocols.
    - Describe Wide Area Networking Technologies.
    - Describe the features and functions of VPN protocol: Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
    - Describe how Firewalls protect network security.
    - Describe how the role of a Perimeter network.
    - List the two types of Packet filtering and their functions.
    - Describe how an Application-level gateway functions.
    - Explain the different types of Network security systems.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 11 )
  • Diploma in Computer Networking
  • Diploma in Computer Networking - Course document
  • Module 1: Introduction to Local Area Networks
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to Local Area Networks
    • Network Terminology
    • Serial Data Transfer and IP Addresses
    • Types of Networks
    • Types of Computing
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Defining Networks with the OSI Model
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to OSI Model
    • OSI Layer 1 and Layer 2
    • OSI Layer 3 and Layer 4
    • OSI Layer 5, Layer 6 and Layer 7
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Networking Fundamentals: Understanding Wired and Wireless Networks
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Twisted-pair Cables
    • Cables and Signalling
    • Other Types of Cable
    • Wireless Networks
    • Wireless Encryption
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 4: Networking Fundamentals: Understanding Internet Protocol
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Internet Protocol v4
    • Binary numbers and IP Addresses
    • Default Gateway, DNS Server, Subnetting
    • Internet Protocol v6
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 5: Networking Fundamentals: Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Common TCP/IP Tools
    • Advanced TCP/IP Tools
    • Advanced TCP/IP Demonstrations
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 6: Diploma in Computer Networking - First Assessment
    • Diploma in Computer Networking - First Assessment
  • Module 7: Working with Networking Services
    • Learning Outcomes
    • DHCP: Installation and Function
    • DHCP and DORA
    • APIPA and Remote Desktop Services
    • Routing and Remote Access Service and IPSec
    • Domain Name Service and WINS
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 8: Understanding Wide Area Networks
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Understanding Routing
    • Interior and Exterior Gateway Protocols
    • Wide Area Networking Technologies
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 9: Defining Network Infrastructure and Network Security
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Network Security Protocols
    • Custom RRAS Configuration
    • Firewalls and Network Security
    • Proxy Servers and Security Systems
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 10: Diploma in Computer Networking - Second Assessment
    • Diploma in Computer Networking - Second Assessment
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 11: Diploma in Computer Networking - Final Assessment
    • Diploma in Computer Networking - Final Assessment
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 1: Introduction to Local Area Networks
In this module we give a quick overview of the course and then dive in to the basic concepts of networking and Local Area Networks.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 2: Defining Networks with the OSI Model
Discover the OSI model and how it's layers determine how network traffic is moved and consumed.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 3: Networking Fundamentals: Understanding Wired and Wireless Networks
Get the basics of wired and wireless media, protocols, standards and concepts.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 4: Networking Fundamentals: Understanding Internet Protocol
Internet Protocol (IP) is what makes the internet and modern networks function. Here you will learn how.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 5: Networking Fundamentals: Implementing TCP/IP in the Command Line
Discover and see the tools used to manage and troubleshoot networks.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 6: Diploma in Computer Networking - First Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 7: Working with Networking Services
Learn what services can be provided and which services are required for a network to function.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 8: Understanding Wide Area Networks
Once you have learned about your local area network, we will teach you about connecting it to other local area networks over large geographic areas and across mutliple types of boundaries.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 9: Defining Network Infrastructure and Network Security
Now that you know the tools, we will teach you what you need to know to use them all together, appropriately, to build a functional, secure network.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 10: Diploma in Computer Networking - Second Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 11: Diploma in Computer Networking - Final Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    6-10 Hours

  • Publisher

    Channel 9

  • Video

    Yes

  • Audio

    Yes

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    250 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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