Network System Design

The Network System Design course will provide students with an understanding of computer networks and how they operate, as well as a basic understanding of how to manage and maintain computer networks. These skills will provide students with theability to design, configure, and troubleshoot networks of all sizes.Students will learn the basics of network design, including how to identify network requirements and determine the proper network architecture. They will be instructed on the requirements of network models, as well as be introduced to local area networks. Students will also learn about Internet Protocol and the basics of routing data on a network.Students will be introduced to wide area networks and network security issues. In addition, students will learn about networkmanagement, including monitoring and troubleshooting. Last, students will learn about network operating systems and their role in connecting computers and facilitating communications.


  • Understand computer networks and their functions, as well as know how to analyze business and technical goals of a network to effectively meet customer needs.
  • Identify requirements to successfully support network users, applications, and devices. They will also understand network architecture and topology, protocols, and services of local and wide area networks.
  • Identify principles and operation of equipment like wire and circuits, as well as of standards such as open system interconnection, TCP/IP, and high-speed networking.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of security requirements and data protection on a network, as well as the role of security tools such as routers, firewalls, and virtual private networks.
  • Understand network operating systems and be able to support computer networks.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of computer hardware (desktop and laptop), as well as desktop operating systems.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required, that they be introduced to computer hardware and desktop or workstation operating systems before starting this course. That includes examining hardware devices such as motherboards, hard drives, and processing chips and exploring the features and functions of a workstation operating system.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Information Technology
Course Length: Semester