Introduction to Networking

Prerequisites: None This is a self-paced course that provides an Introduction to Networking. 7 Weeks 3 - 5 Hours per week recommended

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What You’ll Learn:

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe computer networks and identify key components of networks
  • Discuss the principles of networking applications and protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, and FTP
  • Describe peer to peer networks
  • Explain the principles behind the transport layer, multiplexing and demultiplexing, reliable data transfer, flow control, congestion control and TCP and UDP
  • Explain the principles behind the network services such as network layer service model forwarding versus routing
  • Describe how routers work, including path selection, broadcast, and multicast
  • Describe IP protocol, routing algorithms, and routing protocols that are used today on the Internet RIP OSPF and BGP
  • Discuss multiple access protocols, local area network, VLANs, Ethernet
  • Explain the principles of network security, cryptography, confidentiality, identification, message integrity
  • Describe common network security technologies such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems

Meet Your Instructors:

Rafail Portnoy

Adjunct Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering Raf Porntoy is currently a Senior Vice President of Technology at Anti-Defamation League, being responsible for Applicaitons, Tech Operations, Marketing technology and IT Secuirty of this premier international civil rights organization. Prior to ADL Raf was a Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Safe Horizon, Inc., largest social services agency in US, focused on issues of domestic violence and child abuse. Prior to Safe Horizon he was a founding CIO at the SUNY Global Center, an international think tank, focused on issues of globalization and commerce. And prior to the SUNY Global Center Raf had a successful technical and managerial career at International Business Machines (IBM), where he built global applications and networks for almost 100 clients. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic University and an Executive Mentor @ Columbia University Executive Management of Technology Program. He is happily married with 2 beautiful kids.

Aspen Olmsted

Adjunct Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering Aspen Olmsted is an adjunct faculty member in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering in the Computer Science and Engineering department. Aspen's fulltime job is as an assistant professor and Graduate program director at the College of Charleston. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of South Carolina. Before his academic career, he was CEO of Alliance Software Corporation. Alliance Software developed N-Tier enterprise applications for the performing arts and humanities market. Dr Olmsted’s research focus is on the development of algorithms and architectures for distributed enterprise solutions that can guarantee security and correctness while maintaining high-availability. In his Secure Data Engineering Lab, Aspen mentors over a dozen graduate and undergraduate students each year


7 Weeks

Experience Level


Learning Partner

New York University (NYUx)



Program Type



Computer Science