About this Specialization

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This specialization is developed for seniors and fresh graduate students to understand fundamental network architecture concepts and their impacts on cyber security, to develop skills and techniques required for network protocol design, and prepare for a future of constant change through exposure to network design alternatives. Students will require a prior knowledge of C programming, an understanding of math probability and a computer science background is a plus.
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
40%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
20%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Fundamentals of Network Communication

4.6
stars
993 ratings
203 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Peer-to-Peer Protocols and Local Area Networks

4.7
stars
160 ratings
17 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Packet Switching Networks and Algorithms

4.7
stars
162 ratings
22 reviews
Course4

Course 4

TCP/IP and Advanced Topics

4.7
stars
227 ratings
36 reviews

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  • The first course and others (preferred)

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