Implementation of Network Systems


CS 442

FALL 2002

Instructor: Prof. Judy Hansen-Childers

Office: Room 209

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 – 10 AM

Tuesday & Thursday:  9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

Tuesday: 1:30 – 2:30 PM

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

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632


Snow Phone/Cancellation Line: 859-1140


Class Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays - From 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM in Room 225.



Networking in the Internet Age by Alan Dennis (Wiley).


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Prerequisite: CS 345

This introduces the student to computer network planning, including physical layout, resource requirements, and budgeting. Administration of computer networks, including managing user accounts, selecting and loading application software, managing upgrades, monitoring and maximizing system performance, and ensuring security are also addressed. Students will also examine the link between business needs and a business network. Students will learn to evaluate, select, and implement different communication options within the organization. The capstone of the course will consist of an in-depth network analysis and design project.

COURSE OBJECTIVES  (Learning Outcomes):

By the end of the course, the student should:

  1. Understand the terminology, concepts, and theory of internetworking.
  2. Understand the issues related to the economics, design, and management of computer networks.
  3. Be able to explain, diagram, and discuss structures and principles involved in distributing computing resources
  4. Be able to identify the hardware and software requirements and approximate costs of centralized and distributed systems.
  5. Be able to identify and explain network risks, security and privacy issues.




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


Objective #1:  The student’s understanding of the terminology, concepts, and theory of internetworking will be measured through three written exams.


Objectives#2 – 5:  The student’s understanding of the issues related to the economics, design, and management of computer networks will be measured through several written case studies. The student’s ability to: explain, diagram, and discuss structures and principles involved in distributing computing resources; to identify hardware and software requirements and approximate costs, and; to identify and explain network risks, security, and privacy issues will be measured through the student’s capstone network project.



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

Each week students will have reading assignments from the text. A student's grade will be based on two equally weighted exams, written assignments / cases and a network design project. PLEASE TYPE ALL PAPERS! :-) While attendance, per se, will not be graded it will be taken into consideration if your grade is on the border between a higher and a lower grade.

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


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)



Written Assignments / Cases.................................……………………........…....50%

Network Design Project…………………………………………………...……..20%

2 Exams (Exam #1 = 15 %, Exam #2 = 15 %)......……………………..………. 30%



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.



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


·        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


Windows 2000 Magazine

Textbook supplements

Thomas College Homepage






9/4, 9/6

 Introduction to the Course

 Review of Data Communication Concepts

 Application Architectures

 READ – Chapters 1 & 2 (Dennis)

 Review Guide (Due Monday, September 9th)

 Mini-Case III: Better Networks, Take 1 (Page 30)



9/9, 9/11,  9/13

 Network Planning and Design

 READ – Chapter 9 (Dennis)

 Shopping for Equipment

 Mini-Cases (TBA)



9/16, 9/18, 9/20

 Network Hardware – Repeaters, Bridges, Switches, Routers

 Network Traffic Issues

 READ – Chapter 3 (Dennis)

 Routing and Subnetting

 Mini-Cases (TBA)



9/23, 9/25, 9/27



 Mini-Cases (TBA)



9/30, 10/2, 10/4

 LAN, WAN, MAN Review

 Backbone Networks

 Wireless Networks

 READ – Chapters 5 & 8 (Dennis)



10/7, 10/9


 EXAM #1 STUDY GUIDE (Covers Chapters 1,2,3,5,8,9)



10/16, 10/18

 Study Guide Review

 EXAM 1 - Friday, October 18th



10/21, 10/23, 10/25

 Internet Access Technologies

 READ – Chapter 7 (Dennis)

 Mini-Cases (TBA)



10/28, 10/30, 11/1

 Network Security

 READ – Chapter 10 (Dennis)

 Mini-Cases (TBA)

 Hand-out Network Design Projects



11/4, 11/6, 11/8

 Network Management

 READ – Chapter 11 (Dennis)


 EXAM #2 STUDY GUIDE (Covers Chapters 7, 10, 11)



11/13, 11/15

 Study Guide Review

 EXAM 1 - Friday, November 15



11/18, 11/20, 11/22, 11/25

 Network Tours

 Guest Speakers (TBA)



12/2, 12/4, 12/6

 Network Design Projects



12/9, 12/11, 12/13

 Network Design Project Presentations



Week of 12/16

 Network Design Project Presentations


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

Last Revised: September 2, 2002