Virtualization and Computer Networking

Commerce & Business Administration
Computing Studies & Information Systems
Course Code
CSIS 2270
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Lectures: 36, Laboratories: 12
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces students to virtualization and networking technologies. Students are required to set up and configure software systems for server and desktop virtualization provisioning. Students will also gain hands-on experience in configuring network devices and using packet capturing tools for network monitoring and program debugging. Other topics include TCP/IP and related protocols, subnet planning, and virtual LANs. This course is suitable for students who would like to gain practical knowledge on system virtualization and enterprise network operation. This course may involve group work.
Course Content
  • Introduction to virtualization technologies
  • Server virtualization and desktop virtualization
  • Virtual machines installation and configuration
  • Introduction to networking fundamentals and layering structure
  • Transmission media and structured cabling
  • Ethernet and Wireless LAN
  • Networking devices: Switches and Routers
  • TCP/IP suite: IP addressing and subnet planning, TCP/UDP and their applications
  • Link layer and application layer protocols: ARP, ICMP, DHCP, FTP, etc.
  • Basics of routing protocols
  • Basic configuration of routers and switches
  • Testing and troubleshooting options for networks
  • Virtual LANs
  • Enterprise network design 
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, seminar, demonstration, and hands-on exercises in the lab

Means of Assessment

Assignments/labs                 15-30%
Quiz(zes)*                           10-25%
Midterm Examination*          25-40%
Final Examination*               25-40%
Total                                       100%

*** In order to pass the course, students must, in addition to receiving an overall course grade of 50%, also achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined weighted examination components (including quizzes, tests, exams).

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.



Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the basics of virtualization and its benefits
  • Analyze different virtualization technologies
  • Perform server and desktop virtualization configuration and administration
  • Discuss current network standards and topologies
  • Apply different devices and services to support communications across networks
  • Analyze the layering structure of networking protocols
  • Apply wired and wireless technologies in local area networks
  • Demonstrate the applications of the internet protocol suite and the related protocols
  • Perform both physical and logical designs for enterprise networks
  • Configure network services on computer systems
  • Use programs such as ping and tracert for testing network connectivity
  • Configure routers and switches for an enterprise local area network
  • Use a packet capturing tool for network analysis and program debugging
Textbook Materials

Beasley, J.S. and Nilkaew, P, Networking Essentials, Latest ed., Pearson.


other textbook approved by the CSIS department.



Pre-Calculus 11 (C or better) or Foundations of Math 11 (C or better) or MATU 0410 (C or better) or approved substitute OR currently active in:

PDD Emerging Technology

PBD Computer and Information Systems




Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CMPT 371 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU COMP 2XXX (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2014/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC CPSC 299 (3) 2014/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV COMP 2XX (3) 2018/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.