Course Syllabus


Note: This course code has changed from CIT 240 to CYBER 240. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.

This course teaches general networking principles to provide an understanding of data communication protocols, the OSI model, network addressing, media, hardware, and software.

Course Outcomes

  1. Describe and install the hardware and software required to be able to communicate across a network.
  2. Describe, compare and contrast network communications using two examples of layered models.
  3. Describe topologies and physical issues associated with cabling common LANs.
  4. Describe how an IP address is associated with a device interface and the association between physical and logical addressing.
  5. Describe the fundamental concepts associated with transport layer protocols and compare connectionless and connection-oriented transport methods.
  6. List the major TCP/IP application protocols and briefly define their features and operation.
  7. Configure basic network protocols and services on various network devices.

Learning Model Architecture

This course follows a weekly cycle of Prepare activities and Ponder and Prove activities.


You will prepare by setting goals and scheduling your time wisely. By doing so, this will help you to complete assignments, stay on task, and perform valuable work in the future. You will have little predefined structure in this course, and you will be responsible for thinking ahead and establishing your own productive schedule.

Ponder and Prove

You will demonstrate your work each week by completing quizzes or exams.



Required Materials

The materials for this course will be provided by TestOut. Your student account will be charged because of the auto-access. Please refer to the weekly introduction page for information on how to gain access to the lesson content.

Auto Access



The quizzes are closed book. Do not use the textbook, notes, internet, or any other outside resource. This is on your honor. These quizzes usually cover the chapters covered that week but assume an understanding of previous materials. Quizzes are not timed and can only be taken once.


The exams are closed book. Do not use the textbook, notes, internet, or any other outside resource. This is on your honor. These are comprehensive tests that cover everything studied up to that point. Exams are not timed and can only be taken once.


The labs are assigned to allow students an interactive approach to reinforce the content within the course content.  They give real world experience to tasks performed by many networking personnel.  Students will be presented a scenario along with specific tasks they need to complete.  They are not time and can only be taken once. 

Writing Assignments

There are assigned topics for each paper. Students must conduct independent research and express their own thoughts. Use of another author's words and thoughts without attribution is plagiarism and will not be accepted. Students are expected to synthesize ideas from several sources and express their own thoughts, in their own words, to explain what they have learned.


The final is comprehensive, and can only be taken once.

Grading Policies

Your overall grade will be calculated according to the following scale (there is no rounding):

Grading Scale

Letter Grade

Percentage Range

A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F <60%

Writing: 20%

Exams/Labs: 25%

Quizzes: 35%

Final: 20%

Late Work Policy

Assignments are due on the specified due date. No late work will be accepted unless you have received prior approval from your instructor. All assignments must be submitted electronically using the I-Learn website in the method explained with each assignment. Do not attempt to email assignments to the instructor; emailed assignments are immediately deleted.

Striving for Excellence

Learn here the disciplines that will help you as you travel the course of your lives, the most important of which is self-discipline, the power to govern your thoughts, your words, your acts, notwithstanding the temptations that come before you.

Gordon B. Hinckley

An important part of the college experience is gaining employment skills. These include prioritizing, meeting deadlines, and managing time. An important component of this process is turning in completed assignments on time. Please consider turning in assignments on time and in the correct location as part of the assignment. There are many activities that students can engage in at the university. It's easy for these activities to distract you from completing assignments on time. Everyone has the same opportunity and responsibility to complete assignments on time, so it would be unfair and unethical to accept anyone's late work. Occasionally there are exceptions, such as health concerns. Contact the instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternatives if the need arises. Technical difficulties are not a valid excuse.

Cisco Certification

Certification testing is not a requirement for this course and is not a course activity. Students attempting certification tests will have to pay all fees associated with testing, and failure to pass the certification tests will not affect the results of class. Cisco Network Academy tests are not certification tests.


If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, contact the Online Support Center or the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.

Online Support Center

Phone: (208) 496-1411



Text Messaging: (855) 808-7102

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 7 PM, MT

Skype: onlinesupportcenterbyui

Live Chat: Available on the Online Support Center website

Help Desk

Phone: (208) 496-1411



Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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