CSC 469/569 Computer Networks
Winter 2017

Course Description

CSC 469/569 Computer Networks Web (3.00)
Exploration of data communications and computer networks. Topics include network architecture, TCP/IP protocols, wireless and mobile networks, and network security. Includes hands-on lab activities and an introduction to network programming. Prerequisites: CSC 220.

Instructor Accessibility

My office is in Carnegie Hall 311 B. You can stop by in person, or call my office at 630-637-5174. If I am not at the office and you need immediate attention, you can call me at home at 630-759-2110. You can email me at Winter term office hours are Mondays through Thursdays 5- 6:00 pm; Fridays 1:30-2:30pm.

I can also see you by appointment.

Course Textbook

The following text book is required.

James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach , Seventh edition, Addison Wesley

Course Outline

This weekly schedule is tentative and is subject to change as the term progresses.

Chapter Course Topics
1 Computer Networks and the Internet
2 The Application Layer
3 The Transport Layer
4 The Network Layer
5 The Link Layer and Local Area Networks
6 Wireless and Mobile Networks

Schedule of In-class Quizzes and Tests

All tests and quizzes will be on Thursdays unless otherwise announced.

Class Event Date Percent Weight
Quiz 1 Week 3 5%
Test 1 Week 5 15%
Test 2 Week 8 15%
Final Exam Week 11 25%

In addition to the tests, there will be a number of homework/ programming assignments. These will account for 40% of the course grade. They will be designed to help you understand course concepts and prepare you for the in-class quizzes and tests. Some of the tests and quizzes may involve writing short programs based on the concepts covered in lectures and in the programming assignments.

Email Communication

All assignments and projects must be submitted via email using your College email account, and must have a subject that begins with CSC 469/569 Homework Submission, followed by the assignment or project being submitted. For example, CSC 469/569 Submission of Project 1, or CSC 469 Submission of Homework 3. When asking a question or requesting help via email, your subject must begin with CSC 469/569 Help: ... Using proper subject in your email helps me prioritize my response to incoming emails.

Late Policy

All assignments and projects should be turned in by midnight on the day due. A 10% penalty will be assessed on projects turned in late, but in general this penalty will not be levied if the assignment is turned in before I have completed grading the batch of assignments to which it belongs. No assignment/project turned in after the due date for the next assignment/project will be graded. I will make an exception to this rule for students who have been coming to see me for help, where I judge that the student is reasonably close to getting the assignment or project done.

Graduate Students

Graduate student will have an additional homework assignment. The assignment will involve the investigation of a course-related topic not covered during the course, the writing of an 8-10 page paper, and an oral presentation to the class in Week 10.

Policy on Missed Quizzes and Tests

In-class tests and quizzes missed without a legitimate excuse cannot be made up. If you have to miss quiz or test (for some legitimate reason) please let me know at least a week before and I will make arrangements for a make up. In the event some unexpected reason beyond your control prevents you from being in class on the day of a test, contact me as soon as possible by phone or email to arrange a make up.

Ethics Policy / Academic Dishonesty.

No student should turn in for grading work that has been done by someone else, or work on which they have received help but which they do not understand. Any work turned in by a student will be considered to have been plagiarized if the student can not explain it when requested to do so by the instructor. It will also be considered to have been plagiarized if there is clear evidence that the work has been copied from another source, even if the student can explain it.