Data Communications

 

THOMAS COLLEGE

CS 345

Spring Semester 2001

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 120-A

Office Hours:

Monday and Friday - 9 AM to 10 AM

Monday -  1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Tu, Th – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Other times by 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 126.

 

Text:

Data Communications and Networking (2nd Edition) by Behrouz A. Forouzan (McGraw-Hill)

  

Required Materials:

Appropriate hardware resources

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.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, the student should:

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

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.  In addition, students will complete a networking project. There will be two exams – each covering one-half of the course.

PLEASE TYPE ALL PAPERS !

 

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:

Written Assignments.........................................…………….. 25%

Case Studies/ In-class Projects.........................................….. 25%

Midterm Exam.......................................................................... 25%

Final Exam................................................................................ 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.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:

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

 

Important Links

 

Extra Review Questions 

To Reach the WEBBOARD

  

Thomas College Homepage

 

SCHEDULE

DATE

TOPICS

1/12

Course Overview and Introduction; Data Communications Industry

Chapter 1

 

 

1/17, 1/19

 Data Communication Concepts

Chapter 2

 

 

1/22, 1/24, 1/26

 The OSI Model

Chapter 3

 

 

1/29, 1/31, 2/2

 Signals

Chapter 4

 

 

2/5, 2/7, 2/9

 Encoding and Modulating

Chapter 5

 

 

2/12, 2/14, 2/16

 Transmission of Digital Data: Interfaces and Modems

Chapter 6

 Vacation !

 Winter Vacation February 19 - 23

 

 

2/26, 2/28, 3/2

 Transmission Media

 Exam #1 Review

Chapter 7

 

 

3/5, 3/7, 3/9    Exam #1

 Multiplexing

Chapter 8

Midterm Exam will be on material covered through 3/2

 

 

3/12, 3/14, 3/16

 Error Detection and Correction

Chapter 9

 

 

3/19, 3/21, 3/23

 Data Link Control

Chapter 10

 

 

3/26, 3/28, 3/30

 Data Link Protocols

Chapter 11

 Vacation !

 Spring Vacation April 2 - 6

 

 

4/9, 4/11, 4/13

 Local Area Networks

Chapter 12

 

 

4/16, 4/18, 4/20

 Local Area Networks (continued)

 

4/23, 4/25, 4/27

 Remote Access and Wireless Services

 

 

 

4/30, 5/2, 5/4

 In-class projects

 Exam #2 Review

 

 

Week of May 7th

 Exam # 2 – TBA

Final Exam will cover material from Chapter 8 through the end of the semester

   

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

Last Revised: January 10, 2001