CMPS 5213-01/CMPS 4433-01: Computer Communications and Network

Spring semester 2001

Instructor:  Dr. Nelson L. Passos
Office:  Bolin Science Hall 126B
Office phone:  397-4129
E-mail:  fpassosn@nexus.mwsu.edu
Office Hours: TR 10:00 - 12:00 am
MW 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Course Description: Study of hardware and software used in data communication systems, including the communication media, data link protocols, packet switching networks, local and wide area networks, the internet, electronic mail, high speed networks and integrated applications.

Text book: Computer Networks 3rd ed., by A. Tanenbaum.

Agenda:

January     February     March     April     May     Grading

January


Jan 15-  Martin Luther King Day
Jan 17-  A first look at computer networks
Jan 22-  Hardware, software, models - an overview
Jan 24- Theoretical basis for data communications, transmission media
Jan 29- Transmission Media
Jan 31- Wireless Transmission


February


Feb 5-  Telephone, ISDN, cellular radio and satellites
Feb 7-  Data link layer and error detection
Assignment # 1 
Feb 12-  Data link protocols
Feb 14-  Sliding window
Assignment # 2 
Feb 19-  Finite state machine
Feb 21-  HDLC
Feb 26-  Medium access - terminology
Feb 28-  Bridges and high speed networks - terminology
Assignment # 3


March


Mar 5-  Network layer
Mar 7-  Test # 1
Mar 12-  Spring break
Mar 14-  Spring break
Mar 19-  Routing algorithms
Mar 21-  Congestion
Mar 26-  Internetworking 
Mar 28-  Internet
Graduate Students - Paper presentation assignment
Undergrad Students - Project assignment
Assignment # 4


April


Apr 2-  IPv6
Apr 4- ATM
Assignment # 5
Apr 9- Transport layer
Apr 11-  TCP/IP
  Assignment # 6 
Apr 16- Easter break
Apr 18-  Test # 2
Apr 23-  Student presentations
Apr 25-  Student presentations 
Apr 30-  Domain name system, electronic mail


May


May 2-  WWW
May 7-  Finals (4:45 pm)


Grading


Tests:  25 % (each) 
Final Exam:  20 %
Assignments:  15 %
Presentation/Project:  10 %
Class Participation:  5 %

E-mail address:

nelson.passos@mwsu.edu

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