University of Information Technology

Networking Fundamentals

Course Description

CST-22403 (Networking Fundamentals) is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to configure, implement, maintain, and troubleshoot TCP/IP-based computer networks. This course provides the student with a fundamental knowledge of networking concepts and technologies. It also provides the student with hands-on experience in planning, configuring, and supporting computer networks and computer networking devices. Students will learn the concepts of IP addressing, computer networking cabling and components, network security, and subnetting.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student must demonstrate the knowledge and be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of network communication system, its components and basic network terms.
  • Identify the different types of network topologies and describe the fundamentals of networking processes within and between networking devices in a network.
  • Enumerate the layers of the OSI model and TCP/IP and explain the characteristics and functions of each layer of the OSI model and TCP/IP model.
  • Understand and build the skills on IPv4 addressing and Sub-netting and routing mechanisms.
  • Familiarize with the basic protocols of computer networks and how they can be used to assist in network design and implementation.
  • Apply knowledge on computer networks to network troubleshooting.

Cover the latest networking technologies and operating systems, including Ethernet standards, wireless technologies, cloud computing, network security and Windows Server.

Text and References Books


  1. Guide to Networking Essentials, Seventh Edition, Greg Tomsho, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-1-305-10543-0


  1. Networking Fundamentals, Crystal Panek, ISBN: 978-1-119-65074-4
  2. Communications and Networking, An Introduction, John Cowley, ISBN: 978-1-84628-488-5

Assessment System

Evaluation Marks Percentage
Class Participation 10 Marks 10%
Tutorial/ Discussion 20 Marks 20%
Assignments 10 Marks 10%
Final Examination 60 Marks 60%