Spring, 2014









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4 Credits






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Course Description:



CST-116 will provide the student with an introduction to telecommunications systems.  Topics will include:  electric circuits, signal characteristics, cable characteristics, the telephone system, modulation, multiplexing, cabling, fiber optics, voice communications, data communications, wireless communications, satellite communications, broadband communications, network architecture, converged networks, TCP/IP, network security and an introduction to network management.  Laboratory projects will allow students to practice some of the skills discussed during the semester. Individual student research and reporting will provide up-to-date information about the newest systems while encouraging class discussion about those systems and their impact on the industry.





Required Text:



Business Data Networks and Security, Ninth Edition, by Raymond R. Panko and Julia L. Panko; published by Pearson/Prentice Hall.





Required Online Study Materials:



Lessons in Electric Circuits, Volumes 1 and 2;



Uncle Ted’s Guide to VDV Cabling;


Lennie Lightwave’s Guide to Fiber Optics









Paul Mayer


Office telephone:  974-4635                           





Office Hours:



Monday through Friday

7:30 - 8:00am and 11am -12N                             

Almost any time by appointment.                                                              





Office Location:



Between Rooms 218 and 220 in Maine Hall





Class Meeting Time:



This course will meet daily – Monday through Friday.

Section 01:  8:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Section 02:  9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.





Class Meeting Location:



Maine Hall, Room 220






Grading Policy:





Research Report Presentations and Class Participation


Lab Assignments and Homework


Unit Exams (four @ 10% each)


Final Exam






Attendance Policy:



Area employers want employees who can be depended upon and who will be punctual.  Therefore, each student is expected to be punctual and to attend all classes.  A written warning will be issued to a student after three absences.  Any additional absences will cause the student to become eligible to be dropped from the course.  Repeated tardiness will not be tolerated and will be considered in the same manner as absences.  Please note that “attendance” refers to being engaged in activities in the classroom/lab – not wandering around the campus, walking in hallways, making cell phone calls, or constantly visiting the restroom during class sessions.  Students who violate this policy will be recorded as “absent” for the day of the violation.





Makeup Policy: 



Quizzes and Research Report Presentations cannot be made up.  However, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped prior to final grade calculation.  Research Report Presentations that are not completed when required will be graded as failed.  Assignments must be completed and handed in when due.  Any missed assignment, other than quizzes and Research Report Presentations, may be passed in late only at the discretion of the instructor.





Cell Phone & Pager Policy:



Cell phones and pagers must be set to prevent ringing and/or alarm tones in the classroom.  Any special circumstances concerning signaling must be approved by the instructor prior to enabling signaling tones.





Computer Policy:



Laptops may be used only for note taking and learning processes involved with the class.  Laptops cannot be used while taking quizzes or exams.  Playing games, text messaging, Web surfing, and other similar uses of a computer are not permitted during classes unless the student is specifically authorized by the instructor.  Students who violate this policy will be dropped from the course.





Audio Devices Policy:



Audio devices (i.e., MP3 players) will not be used during classes.  Headphones/transducers will not be worn during class sessions.  Your attention is expected to be focused on learning activities within the classroom/lab.





Food and Liquids Policy:



Food and liquids are not allowed anywhere in the vicinity of computers or other electronic equipment.  Eat/drink before/after coming to class.





Civility Policy:



Students are required to act with civility towards other students and the instructor at all times.  Abusive language and/or physical aggression will not be tolerated and students involved will be dropped from the course.  Student Handbook policies will be enforced.





Academic Assistance:



It is the responsibility of the student to ask for additional help when needed to master the material comprising this course.  The instructor is available for additional assistance outside normal class meeting times to clarify course material or answer specific questions regarding the course material.  However, students are encouraged to ask questions about relevant topics during class discussions so that all students can benefit from those questions, answers, and discussions.





Additional Policies and Information:



 It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the policies and information contained in this syllabus.  Any changes to policies, due dates, or other information provided in this syllabus will be discussed in class and it will be the responsibility of the student to understand and be familiar with those changes.  Policies regarding affirmative action, disabilities, sexual harassment, and student grievance procedures are described in the Eastern Maine Community College Student Handbook and should be reviewed and understood by each student.  Continued attendance in this course indicates the student’s agreement to abide by the policies expressed in this syllabus.





Notice to Students with Disabilities:



In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (CRF 34 Part 104) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the College is committed to helping qualified students with disabilities achieve their individual educational goals.    Upon request and documentation, the College provides to qualified students reasonable accommodations to rectify the competitive disadvantage that a disability can create in our collegiate setting. Students with disabilities who are entitled to and wish to request reasonable accommodations must contact the Coordinator of Disability Services (Dr. Elizabeth Worden, phone 974-4658 for appointment) to verify the disabilities and arrange accommodations.






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