Computer Networking

Computer Networking provides a hands-on introduction to working with peer-to-peer, client/server, and cloud networks. The course begins with a brief history of networks, and then guides students through all phases of implementing and troubleshooting common TCP/IP Ethernet networks using network hardware connected with CAT5/6 cable. It covers network components, cables, and connectors. The course walks students through the OSI model, protocols, and topologies. It guides students through implementing and troubleshooting a LAN, as well as discussing access issues for WANs. Students get hands-on practice with cloud computing and learn how cloud computing is different from working on a local server network. Finally, students get a chance to discover what types of network-related careers exist today.

For the culminating project in this course, the students, working in groups, choose a key aspect of networking and create a tutorial about it in PowerPoint format. The tutorial consists of 12–20 PowerPoint slides that demonstrate a procedure used for installing, setting up, configuring, troubleshooting, or maintaining a network. The presentation explains the big picture of why the procedure is important and what it accomplishes in computer networking, and describes the technical aspects and process used to accomplish the task. Sample topics include configuring security settings for a browser, updating antivirus software, installing a new printer on a network, and setting up file sharing permissions between computers.

This course is expected to take a total of 78 50-minute class periods.

Course Scope & Sequence

The Scope & Sequence lists the learning objectives for each lesson, providing you with an overview of what your students will learn during the course. You can use these learning objectives as a guide to determine how the course enables your students to reach the requisite goals set for them.

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Lesson Descriptions

The Lesson Descriptions document includes a brief overview of every lesson in the course. This is the narrative companion to the course Scope & Sequence document.

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Course Support

If you have questions about this course, need a hand with a particular lesson, or just have a great idea to share, please contact the NAF Instructional Managers directly at We are available to support you in teaching the course while also gathering feedback to improve the NAF curriculum.

Culminating Project Overview

In every NAF course, students complete a culminating project and present it in the final lesson. Download the Project Overview to learn the details about the culminating project for this course and to find out what advance preparation the project entails.

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NAFTrack Certification Course Guide

NAFTrack Certification is a nationally recognized, standards-based set of tools developed by NAF to evaluate students' readiness for college and career. By completing all NAFTrack Certification requirements, students demonstrate mastery of academic skills and career-related knowledge. The requirements are as follows: for each of four NAF courses, students complete all coursework, pass the end-of-course exam, and fulfill culminating project responsibilities, as evidenced by uploading key pieces of work.

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Correlations to the Common Core State Standards

This document identifies which of the ELA and Math Common Core State Standards are met by each lesson in the course. You can use these correlations as an aid to preparing your students for college and careers.

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We welcome questions and feedback about these course materials. For a prompt response, please email Kevin English directly at

The ZIP file below contains the current version of every file for this course. Be sure to download it before the start of each school year. If you just need a specific file or two, it's quicker to use the individual links listed on this page.

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Course Planning Tools

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NAFTrack Certification

Unit 2: Network Cables and Components

Lesson 4: Network Cables and Connections

Lesson 5: Network Components

Unit 3: Network Implementation

Lesson 6: Network Topologies

Lesson 7: Network Standards and Protocols

Lesson 8: Setting Up a Network Server

Unit 4: Lan Implementation

Lesson 9: Implementing a Peer-to-Peer Network

Lesson 10: Implementing a Client/Server Network

Lesson 11: Network Security

Unit 6: Career Development in Computer Networking

Lesson 15: Culminating Project

Lesson 16: Working in Computer Networking

Lesson 17: Learning from Industry Experts

Lesson 18: Project Presentation and Course Closure

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