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PC Networking for Design Professionals

Jack H Warner, P.E.

Course Outline

This 2-hour online course introduces you to today's most commonly used networking technologies. It will help you to become familiar with networking lingo so that you can speak the same language as your favorite IT person, familiarize you with the details of technology that you already use, or get you started down the path of installing your own small network.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for any design professional.

Benefit for Attendee

Attendee of this course will better understand computer networks.

Course Introduction

Networks are all around us. Most of us work in offices with networks; some of us even have networks in our homes. When you visit the grocery store, chances are that all the check-out registers are networked to a server that can tally sales and track inventory, and even order more carrots straight from the producer when supplies get low. We may soon be to the point where we even wear a network!

While we walk around minding our own business, our PDA may be wirelessly networking with our cell phone to keep the contacts up to date, and synchronizing schedules with our computer when we come within wireless range. Our schedule could then automatically be made available to our co-workers all over the country via the internet. So, before we become walking web-servers, let's catch up with the current networking technology.

Course Content

The course content is contained in the following PDF file:

PC Networking for Design Professionals

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Course Summary

You should now have a better understanding of the most common networking technologies in use today. We've discussed protocols, bandwidth and connections, and assorted networking hardware. We've listed a few of the many benefits of networking, from small peer-to-peer networks, all the way up to the world-wide network called the internet.

Networking has changed the way we do business in the design and construction industry in big ways in just a decade or two. I anticipate just as many changes lie in store for us in the years ahead.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.