The course is split into a number of key sections, each one focusing on a topic relating to networking and the Internet.
Part 1 - Background on the Internet
The first section examines the development of Networking and the Internet and some of the key people involved. This section also looks at the organisational bodies responsible for the running of the Internet.
Part 2 - Network Communications: The Basics
The second section concentrates on the basics of network communications with a brief overview of the 7-layer OSI networking model before examining how devices communicate.
Technologies discussed here include Ethernet, NICs, MAC addresses, IP addresses (both IPv4 & IPv6), NAT, DNS, Hubs, Switches and Routers. Delegates will get hands-on experience of networking by using command-line utilities such as IPCONFIG, TRACERT, NSLOOKUP and NETSTAT along with other tools such as WHOIS.
Part 3 - Introduction to networking protocols
The third section is dedicated to higher-level networking protocols such as SMTP, POP3, IMAP, FTP, HTTP and VoIP.
Part 4 - How the internet is connected
The fourth section examines how the Internet is connected - it's topology - and includes the differences between IP Transit and Peering and looks at the tiered structure of Network providers, Autonomous Systems, and Internet Exchanges.
Delegates will get a chance to examine some network data via the peeringdb.com website