Data Communications

 

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 345

Spring Semester 2003

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Monday: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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 (2nd 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%

Case Studies/ 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

 

Extra Review Questions 

  

Thomas College Homepage

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

1/15 & 1/17

Chapter 1

Course Overview and Introduction; Data Communications Industry

 

 

 

1/20, 1/22, 1/24

Chapter 2

Data Communication Concepts

Power Point Part 2

 

 

 

1/27, 1/29, 1/31

Chapter 3

The OSI Model

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

Animation #2

 

 

 

2/3, 2/5, 2/7

Chapter 4

Signals

Power Point Part 2  

Power Point Part 3

 

 

 

2/10, 2/12, 2/14

Chapter 5

Encoding and Modulating

Animation #1

Study Guide for Chapters 1 - 5

 

 Vacation !

 Winter Vacation = February 17 - 23

2/24, 2/26, 2/28

Chapter 6

Transmission of Digital Data: Interfaces and Modems

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

Exam #1 Review: Wednesday, March 5

Exam #1: Friday, March 7 (Chapters 1 – 5)

 

 

 

3/3, 3/5, 3/7

Chapter 7

Transmission Media

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

 

 

 

3/10, 3/12, 3/14

Chapter 8

 Multiplexing

Power Point Part 2

Power Point Part 3

Animation #1

Animation #2

Animation #3

 

 

 

3/17, 3/19, 3/21   

Chapter 9

Error Detection and Correction

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

 

 

 

3/24, 3/26, 3/28

Chapter 10

Data Link Control

Power Point Part 2

Study Guide for Chapters 6 – 10

 

 Vacation !

 Spring Vacation  = March 31 – April 6

4/7, 4/9, 4/11

Chapter 11

 Data Link Protocols

Power Point Part 2

Animation #1

Exam #2 Review: Wednesday, April 16

Exam #2: Friday, April 18(Chapters 6 – 10)

 

 

 

4/14, 4/16, 4/18

Chapter 12

Local Area Networks

Animation #1

Animation #2

 

 

 

4/21, 4/23

Chapter 13

Local Area Networks (continued)

Metropolitan Area Networks 

 Friday, April 25 = Olympic Day! NO CLASSES!

4/28, 4/30, 5/2

Chapter 14

 Switching

Animation #1

Animation #2

Chapter 21

Networking and Internetworking Devices

Animation #1

Animation #2

Study Guide for Chapters 11 – 12

Exam #3 Review: Friday, May 2

 

 

Finals Week

Exam # 3 – TBA  (Chapters 11 – 12)

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 9, 2003