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Virtualization and Computer Networking

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Course Code: CSIS 2270
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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).

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

course prerequisites

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

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.