Data Communications

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 345

Spring Semester 2004

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Mondays: 1 PM to 3 PM

Wednesday: 12 PM to 2 PM

Friday: 12 PM to 1 PM

You are welcome to drop by at other times or make an appointment !

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632

E-Mail: hansenj@thomas.edu 

Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140

Class Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays - From 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM in Room 122.

 

Text:

Data Communications and Networking (3rd Edition) by Behrouz A. Forouzan (McGraw-Hill)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CS 118 and sophomore standing

This course introduces the student to a wide variety of topics in the voice and data communications field. Vocabulary, hardware, concepts, issues, trends, and decision-making as well as the link between business needs and the data communication field are stressed. Proper application of business data communications technology is a primary theme of the course. Topics covered will include: OSI Model, analog and digital signals, encoding and modulation, multiplexing, error detection and correction, circuit and packet switching, LANs, and networking hardware.

* * (NOTE): This course is the prerequisite and provides the foundation for the successful completion of CS 442 – Implementing Network Systems.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Learning Outcomes):

By the end of the course, the student should:

1.      have developed a working vocabulary in communications and networking.

2.      be able to plan, analyze and design data communication systems from a business needs standpoint.

3.      understand the components, protocols, topologies and system configurations involved in data communications and networking.

ASSESSMENT: 

 

The student’s attainment of the learning outcomes will be assessed in the following ways:

 

Objectives #1 & #3:  The student’s understanding of the terminology, concepts, and theory of data communications and networking will be measured through three written exams.

 

Objective #2:  The student’s understanding of the issues related to the planning, analysis, and design of data communication systems will be measured through several written research and case study assignments.

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

IMPORTANT! Students are expected to read the material in the text OUTSIDE OF CLASS.

Students will be expected to complete assigned readings and written assignments by their due dates. Students will be placed in groups for in-class projects and case studies.  There will be three exams – each covering one-third of the course.

IF YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS UNDERSTANDING THE READING OR THE MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS PLEASE SEE ME ASAP!!  (However, I will expect that you have made a good faith effort to attend class and read the assigned material). J

 

GRADING SYSTEM

A (94 - 100) A- (90 - 93) B+ (87 - 89) B (83 - 86) B- (80 - 82)

C+ (77 - 79) C (73 - 76) C- (70 - 72) D+ (67 - 69) D (63 - 66)

D- (60 - 62) F (below 60)

 

GRADING:

Class Participation & Attendance.....................………….……..   10%

Assignments and In-class Projects............................................…  15%

Exam #1........................................................................….………    25%

Exam #2...........................................................................……...…   25%

Exam #3………………………………………………………         25%

 

ATTENDANCE:

Students are expected to attend all class sessions and to be prepared to discuss the assigned readings and written homework.  If a student must miss a class session, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange other ways of obtaining the information covered in class. Please notify the instructor in advance if you have to miss a class. Students with excessive absences may not receive a passing grade.

 

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP:

Students who plagiarize papers and projects or cheat on exams will receive zeros for the work in question and may fail the course.

 OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

·        Changes in the syllabus and assignments may be modified as deemed appropriate by the instructor.   All changes will be announced in class.

·        Students with a disability who are requesting academic accommodations should contact Ellen McQuiston at the Center for Academic Support (CAS) and the instructor as soon as possible.

 

Important Links 

Thomas College Homepage

Student Web Site

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

Week of January 12th

Chapter 1

Course Overview and Introduction; Data Communications Industry

 

 

 

Week of January 19th

Chapter 2

Data Communication Concepts

 

 

 

Week of January 26th

 

The OSI Model and Network Models

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

Animation #2

 

 

 

Week of February 2nd

Chapter 3

Signals

 

 

 

Week of February 9th

Chapter 4

Encoding and Modulating

Animation #1

Study Guide for Exam #1

 

 Vacation !

 Winter Vacation = February 16 - 20

Week of February 23rd

Chapter 5

Transmission of Digital Data

Animation #1

 

 

 

 

Week of March 1st

 

Chapter 6

Switching

Animation #1

Animation #2

Animation #3

Exam #1 Review: Wednesday, March 3

Exam #1: Friday, March 5 (Chapters 1 – 5)

 

 

Week of March 8th

Chapter 7

Transmission Media

Animation #1

 

 

 

Week of March 15th

Chapter 8

Telephone, Cable, and Satellite Networks

Satellite Links

 

 

 

Week of March 22nd   

Chapter 9

Flow and Error Control

 

 Vacation !

 Spring Vacation  = March 29 – April 3

Week of April 5th

Chapter 10

Access Method

Animation #1

Animation #1.B

Study Guide for Chapters 6 – 10

 

 

 

Week of April 12th

Chapter 11

 Wired LANS

Exam #2 Review: Wednesday, April 14th

Exam #2: Friday, April 16(Chapters 6 – 10)

 

 

 

Week of April 19th

Chapter 12

Wireless LANS

 

 

 

 

Week of April 26th

Chapter 13and 14

Wide Area Networks

Animation #1

Animation #2

Animation #1

Animation #2

Friday, April 23rd = Olympic Day! NO CLASSES!

 

Study Guide for Chapters 11-14

Study Guide for Chapters 11 – 12

Exam #3 Review: Friday, April 30th

 

 

Week of May 3rd

Exam # 3 – TBA  (Chapters 11 – 14)

Final Exam will cover material from Chapter 11 through the end of the semester

   

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This syllabus may be changed at the discretion of the instructor.

Last Revised: January 7, 2004