Section 1
Fall 2013


CIS485 Local Area Networks (4)

Prerequisite: CIS 484 or permission of instructor.

Fall 2013


Time:  Tuesdays 6:10pm-10:00pm

Location: Salazar Hall, Room C348


Song Xing, Associate Professor of Information Systems
Office: Simpson Tower, Room 605
Phone: (323)343-2917

Office hours: Monday 3:20pm-6:00pm & Wednesday 3:20pm-6:00pm. Send the Instructor email for the appointment of other times. 

Objectives:  This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how to design and manage local area networks. Current network types and evolving networking technologies are introduced, wich include Ethernet networks, router configuration, TCP/IP networks, routing protocols, local & campus network configuration, network security, the network server, etc. Students will learn about the equipments and technologies used in LANs and popular protocols and common network services. Hands-on projects will provide studednts with real experience in using some of the tools involved in network design, analysis, implementation, and troubleshooting.

Textbook: J. S. Beasley & P. Nilkaew, Networking Essentials, 3rd Ed, Pearson IT Certification, 2012, ISBN: 978-0789749031 (Online at CSULA Library Site for free reading).

  • If you are on campus, you can go directly to this link. If you are off campus, you will need to go to Campus Library’s website first, then select the Safari Books Online option. You will next be asked to login with you campus User Name and Password. Once you login with you campus credentials, you should be able to search and read the book.

Tentative Topics:

1. Data and Computer Network Communications Overview

2. LAN Overview, Topologies, and Systems

3. Transmission Basics and Networking Media (Data & Signal, Modulation, Multiplexing, Throughput and Bandwidth, Conducted Media, Wireless Meida)

4. TCP/IP networks

5. Connecting LANs, Backbone Networks, and Virtual LANs

6. Router & Swich Configuration

7. Routing Protocols

8. Network Security (Principles of Cryptography, Message Integrity and End-Point Authentication, Network Operating System Security, Securing wireless LANs)

9. Internet Security (Network Layer Security: IPsec and VPNs, Securing TCP Connections: SSL, Application Layer Security, Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems)

10. Troubleshooting and Problem Resolution (Methodology, Hardware and Software Tools)


There will be homework assignments, the mid-term exam, and the final exam. A final grade will be determined using the following weights: Homework and Hands-on project 13%, Mid-term Exam 40%, Final Exam 45%, Class participation and attendance 2%.

Homework assignments must be done individually. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following cases will be considered as violations: identical answers and extremely similar answers.

Make-up exams will be given and late assignments accepted only in unusual circumstances beyond the student's control. Arrangements for make-up exams or late assignments must be made in advance.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Send the instructor ( email in advance if you have to miss a class due to emergency or sickness.


The tentative date for the mid-term is Oct 29, Tuesday, 6:10pm-8:00pm. The final exam is scheduled for Dec 10, Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Last modified on Friday, 27-Sep-13.