Introduction to Data Communication Networks
Instructor: Zhangxi Lin
A. Course Content:
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of data communications and computer networks. The course is designed to: 1) provide the student with a conceptual foundation for the study of data communications using the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) layered architecture model; and, 2) allow the student to explore leading edge distributed applications, products, or services that are being used in today's business and home environments. Both technical and managerial aspects of data communications and networks will be covered. After completion of this course, the student should have a good understanding of data communications technology and know how it can be used to fulfill companies' organizational and functional needs. This knowledge will be useful to them to pursue other relevant courses as well as they enter the workforce as application developers and ultimately, join the ranks of information technology management.
C. Grading Policy:
Attendance will be taken in group presentations. Missing a class will cost one point (1%).
There will be two exams and no final exam. The exams will be closed book and closed notes. You are required to take the test in the class room at the scheduled date and time, unless you have disabling conditions. In which case, alternative place and time may be discussed. Most questions will be chosen from the questions at the end of the chapters and from the supplemental materials distributed in the class.
Make-up test may be available in the case that you could not take the test at the specific time due to medical emergencies or unexpected travel plans. If you need to reschedule a test, you must contact the instructor before the scheduled test.
F. Homework Assignments:
Exercises are available for each chapter. No need to submit the them and you can check the answer keys from the class web site. However, the quiz are closely relevant to the exercises. Working seriously on the exercises will guarantee you high outcomes in quiz, which are counted 25% in total.
G. Group Project:
Groups of 3-4 students would work on a semester long research project addressing a state-of-the-art network technology, product, service, or distributed application. Your group can choose a topic from one of the three different categories:
Further information and instruction about group project will be available soon.
There will be project deliverables throughout the semester. Your group must go through three phases:
Both printouts and electronic files of the report are required. Each member of the group is expected to co-operate with others and contribute equally. Your contribution in the project will be evaluated by your peers.
H. Extra Bonus Credit:
In the following cases you may earn extra credits:
Mini-presentations are assigned to those experienced students. A mini-presentation normally lasts 5-10 minutes focused on a specific topic and scheduled at beginning of a class meeting. Presenters need to contact the instructor in advance to discuss the presentation topic. At most 6 mini-presentations can be scheduled through the semester
J. Course Homepage and Discussion Group:
A homepage for the course is available ( http://zlin.ba.ttu.edu/3349/3349fall2000.html). Please bookmark this URL for your convenience. A newsgroup ( news:isqs.ba.ttu.edu:8119/isqs6341) is available to both ISQS 3349 and ISQS 6341 classes. Students are expected to join the group to exchange information.
K. Interacting the Instructor:
You may contact me with any of the following methods:
All important announcements will be made via e-mail also. You are responsible for checking your e-mail everyday for any communication from the instructor.
L. Civility in the Classroom:
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have an opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from using cellular phones or beepers, eating or drinking in class, making offensive remarks, reading newspapers, sleeping or engaging in any other form of distraction. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result in, minimally, a request to leave class.
M. Disabling Conditions:
Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from the Disabled Students Services, Dean of Students Office. No requirements exist that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process.
N. Course Schedule:
See here.O. Important Dates: