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Exam 98-366: MTA Networking Fundamentals

Students who are beginning studies in technology need a strong foundation in the basics before moving on to more advanced technology courses and certification programs.   The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a new and innovative certification track designed to provide a pathway for future success in technology courses and careers. The MTA program curriculum helps instructors teach and validate fundamental technology concepts and provides students with a foundation for their careers as well as the confidence they need to succeed in advanced studies. Through the use of MOAC MTA titles you can help ensure your students future success in and out of the classroom.  This text covers the fundamentals of local area networking,  defining networks with the OSI Model and understanding wired and wireless networks.  In addition it includes understanding Internet Protocol, implementing TCP/IP and working with networking services. Your students will better understand wide area networks along with defining network infrastructures and network security.

Paperback: 212 pages

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 15, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0470901837

ISBN-13: 978-0470901830

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Let me start by saying, I have a lot of experience in academia with instructional texts both as a student and as an instructor (chemistry). Have been working with computers since 1994 on a personal level and did some OS upgrades, networking and installing software, etc. A basic techie with just enough knowledge to never have had to contact any other techs to fix my personal computers. I am used to instructional texts being very well written and smoothly transitioning within paragraphs and from topic to topic and clearly defining the material. This instructional text will do what it needs to do but it is not an easy read overall. The subject matter within this book is not explained clearly. The 8P8C comment about it being the same thing an RJ45 is wrong and that is right at the very beginning. That alone made me apprehensive about going further. The don't even tell you what 8P8C means within the chapter. It is things like this that are left out that leave you scrambling to go find the real information. Several other acronyms are not defined when first introduced either. Leaving some things out because they are not necessary for taking the test does not give a good overall education and that is what someone just starting out needs.The most disappointing part is that Wiley does not support the text at all with any kind of practice tests or even answers to the end of chapter questions within the book or online. Not any answers at all. Their online student support for this book is a pdf with a list of topics on the test that are covered by the chapter. I was disappointed in that since this is a serious test that results in a certification and it costs $115 each time you take the test, if you do not pass the first time. You would expect some answers to the questions with thorough explanations.

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