June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
7.36.1 - 7.36.5
Main Menu Session 3547
A Course in Computer Networking with a Laboratory on a Minimum Budget, for Engineering Technology
Thomas B. Slack, Dean Lance Smith, Jeffrey Franzone, and Allan Proffitt,
The University of Memphis
Abstract--The addition of Computer Network Technology as a course in the Computer Engineering Technology Degree program at The University of Memphis was a success; why is enumerated and discussed. Also discussed is the experience gained from offering this course on a rotating basis from 1999 to 2001. Index Terms--Engineering Technology, Data Network, Cisco
I. Introduction The addition of Computer Network Technology as a course in our Computer Engineering Technology Degree program at The University of Memphis was change recommended by the industrial advisory committee. The intent of the class was to introduce the hardware of computer networks. In the past, the only networking exposure was in connection with configuration of operating systems for servers and workstations. A more systems approach would be desirable, but there was not enough money to set up a networking laboratory for the hands-on part.
In the 1990s, access routers became much cheaper as access to the Internet became more prevalent . As new products have been brought into the low-end router line, there has been a conscious effort by Cisco to have these new products use the same user interface (IOS) as used by the more powerful and more expensive routers .
At The University of Memphis, we decided to exploit these small Cisco routers to allow the students hands on laboratory experience. These routers were chosen because the user interface is IOS, yet they could be set up, taken down, and stored as part of each laboratory assignment. The equipment could be purchased with department expense money because the price of the router is just under $1000 (the upper limit on expense equipment). The course (CETH 4281 Computer Network Technology) was a success due to many factors, including:
· Popularity of the subject matter · Allowing a choice of a hardware course or a software course · Durability and ease of using the hardware · Allowing both undergraduate and graduate students
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Smith, D., & Franzone, J., & Slack, T., & Proffitt, A. (2002, June), A Course In Computer Networking With A Lab On A Minimum Budget, For Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10122
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