Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for CIS -D067A-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Behrouz Forouzan
Office Hours Online (by email), office hours by appt.
Office Location F-51u
Office Phone (408) 864-8902
A Message from your Instructor

I am glad to be your instructor for this distance learning course. I have been a full-time member of the Computer Sience Department at De Anza College since 1991.

I have published 10 books in Computer Science: Introduction to Data Communication and Networking, (McGraw-Hill); Computer Science: A Structured Programming Approach in C, (Brooks-Cole); Computer Science: A Structured Programming Approach in C++, (Brooks-Cole); Data Structures: A Pseudocode Approach with C, (Brooks/Cole); Data Structures: A Pseudocode Approach with C++, (Brooks-Cole); TCP/IP Protocol Suite, (McGraw-Hill); Introducntion to Unix and Shell Programming; (Brooks-Cole); Foundation of Computer Science; (Brooks-Cole); Business Data Communication, (McGraw-Hill); and Local Area Network, (McGraw-Hill).

The subject matter of this course is local area networks. We will learn about the fundamental of telecommunication. We will discuss the OSI model. We will talk about different protocols used in first two layers of the OSI model. We discuss several common Local Area Networks such as Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and DBDQ.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.

Comcast Cable
Channel 27 Channel 75
Los Altos
Los Gatos
Mountain View
San José
Santa Clara
East Palo Alto
Menlo Park
Palo Alto
Stanford University
The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.

For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.

Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page for general information on days and times.

Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access to streaming media.


Webcasts and Videostreaming

The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:

  • RealPlayer installed on the computer.
  • A high speed Internet connection.

To access the videostreams go to and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until the first day of instruction.

If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.

Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth delivery of the videostream.

How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Read the complete course syllabus available at the URL above.
  • Obtain the required course materials and determine your video program viewing schedule.
  • Consult the Course Calendar in the syllabus and start your Weeks 1 and 2 readings, viewings, and assignments.

  • Online Education
    Building: MLC 210

    Phone: 408.864.8969
    M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
    F: 9:00a-4:00p


    Last Updated: 1/27/16