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Business Data Communications & Networking

Course Code: CSIS 1150
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course makes an introduction to fundamentals of existing data communications technologies as well business opportunities and challenges presented by emerging data communications technologies. The course provides a balanced mix of business and IT management concepts. This course aims to develop a coherent understanding of the fundamental data communications concepts and technologies. Homework & research assignments are designed to expose students to practical applications of these concepts and technologies. Students who have received credit for CISY 2345 or CISY 2346 will not receive further credit for CSIS 1150.

Course Content

  • Review of personal computer hardware and the operating system
  • Fundamental concepts of data communications – Application, Physical, Data Link and Network/Transport layer
  • Principals of communication and connecting to the network
  • Network Services
  • Network Technologies – Local Area Network (LAN) and  Wireless LAN
  • Wireless technologies  - Wide Area Network (WAN) and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
  • Internet standards and services
  • Network Management – Security, Design and Management of the network
  • Research on data communications and networking issues in real world business settings

Methods of Instruction

Lecture & Seminar: - a combination of lectures, in-class discussions, case studies, and team project/presentations.

Means of Assessment

Assignments (2-4)    15%-25%
In-class quizzes (2-4)    10%-20%
Exercises/Labs/Presentations          0%-15%
Midterm Examination           20%
Final Examination           30%
Total         100%

Learning Outcomes

The student should be able to:

  • Explain the basic understanding of the technical and management aspects of business data communications and networking.
  • Explain how networks such as the Internet move messages from one computer to another though the different hardware and software components
  • Design networks (at a novice level) using a variety of LAN, backbone and WAN technologies and components
  • Explain the major components of the TCP/IP protocol suite, including IPv4 and IPv6;
  • Configure commonly used network software, such as Windows routers
  • Describe the importance of networking standards and standards bodies;
  • Describe the OSI model and the process of encapsulation;
  • Describe the structure of the Internet and how Internet communications occur between hosts;
  • Understand network management in terms of design, security.
  • Appreciate and address some area of investigation in the field of data communications beyond the information presented in class.

course prerequisites

CSIS 1110 or CISY 1110 or approved equivalent.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.