COURSE OUTLINE GIFT COMPUTING SCIENCE SCHOOLCS- 308Data Communication and Computer NetworksSummer Semester, 2011Faculty: GIFT Computing Sciences SchoolCredit hours: 4Course level: Undergraduate (BS Fall 2012)Campus/Location/Instruction Mode: GIFT University/On Campus/In PersonCourse Instructor: Muhammad Ziad Nayyer Dar Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgConsultation hours: 11:00 – 12:00 (Thursday), 02:00 – 0300 (Friday)Pre-requisite: CS-204 or CS-214Timing 09:20 – 10:35 (Monday(F2), Friday(G1)) (F2) (Section B) 10:40 – 11:55 (Monday(G2)), 9:20 – 10:35 (Thursday(F6)) (Section A)This document was last updated: 14th October 2012BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTIONThe area of computer networking is undergoing rapid development; it’s important to focus not only on what computernetworks are today, but also on why and how they are designed the way they are. The aim of this course is to provide aconceptual introduction to computer networks and its design principles. In this course, we will study the fundamentalsof building scalable computer networks. We will go through the thought-process that went into designing the Internet---which is the best example of a computer network that has adapted and scaled to changing environment. .COURSE OBJECTIVESThe purpose of this course is to introduce fundamental principles and concepts of computer networks. The course willfollow a top-down approach, where we will first study popular network applications, then study communications
services required to support these applications, and finally study how these communication services are implemented.Throughout this course, we will use the Internets architecture and protocols to reinforce fundamental computernetworking principles.LEARNING OUTCOMESBy the end of this course, we aim to impart the following skill-set to the students:1) Understand the TCP/IP protocol suite and the working of the Internet.2) Form a basic understanding of the principles upon which the global Internet was designed.3) Ability to understand different routing protocols and their Practical implementation.Tentative Lecture Plan READ Quiz No. of ING & Week TOPIC (Text Assign s Book) ment Introduction to Data Communication, The Internet Quiz 1 + 2 Communication Model, OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP Protocol Chap 1,2 Assignment Architecture 1 Analog & Digital Transmission, Transmission Impairments, Quiz 2 + 2 Guided Transmission Media, Wireless Transmission, Wireless Chap 3,4 Assignment Propagation, Line of Sight Propagation 2 Signal Encoding (Digital Data - Digital Signal, Digital Data – Quiz 3 + 1 Analog Signals), Synchronous and Asynchronous Assignment 2 Chap 5,6 Communication, Distinction between Data and Signals, Error 3 Detection, Error Correction Flow Control, Error Control, Multiplexing techniques (Frequency Quiz 4 + 2 Division, Time Division concepts) Chap 7,8 Assignment 4 8th week MIDTERM EXAM LAN Technology, LAN Architecture, BusTree LANs, Ring Quiz 5 + 2 LANs, Star LANs, Wireless LANs Assignment Chap 15 5 Wireless and Mobile Networks intro, Wireless links and network Quiz 6 + 2 characteristics, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs, Cellular Chap 17 Assignment Internet Access, Mobility management and Mobile IP 6 1 Circuit Switching, Packet Switching, Virtual Circuits, Packet Size Chap 10 Quiz 7 Internet and Transport Protocols Assignment 1 Chap 18,20 7 The World Wide Web: HTTP, File Transfer: FTP, Electronic Mail 1 Chap 22,23 in the InternetPlease note: This is a proposed schedule only and may be varied at the discretion of the instructor to give a greater orlesser degree of emphasis to particular topics.TEXTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALSPrescribed Texts and Readings:1. Data and Computer Communications - William StallingsReference Resources:1. Computer Networks (Fourth Edition), Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, 2003.2. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (Third Edition), James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, Addison Wesley, 2005.
3. Data_Communications_and_Networking_-_Behrouz_A._ForouzanASSESSMENT Item Assessment Task Length Weighting Due Day and Time 1. Assignments 10.00% Various Weeks in Class 2 Quizzes 10.00% Various Weeks in Class 3 Class Participation 5.00% Over All 4 Midterm exam 1.5 hours 25.00% 6th week 5 Project 10.00% Submitted On the 7th Week 6 Final Examination 3 hours 40.00% During Formal Examination PeriodStudents must complete each component of the assessment to the satisfaction of the courseinstructor, and achieve an overall mark of at least 50% in order to pass the course. All componentsof the above assessment are compulsory, and must be completed in order to obtain a pass grade.Students are expected to perform satisfactorily in each item.Assessment Item No. 1 (Assignments)Three to Six home Assignments will be given to test how smart you can implement conceptslearned during class. All students are encouraged to fully participate in class discussions.Assessment Item No. 2 (Quizzes)Four - Six quizzes will be given to students in the class during various weeks which may or may notbe announced. The objective is to test whether the students are keeping up with the work andgrasping the concepts. All students are encouraged not to be miss class.Assessment Item No. 3 (Class Participation)Each student will be assessed during lecture to assure that he/she is attentive and focused on thelecture. Previous lecture serves as basis to the coming one. So, a student must prepare previouslecture before coming to the next class.Assessment Item No. 4 (Midterm)The mid term exam will be taken in 6 or 7th week. Exact date will be announced later on. Thiscarries 25% marks.Assessment Item No. 5 (Project)Every Student group is expected to complete the project before the Final Examination at the end ofthe seventh week. It will comprise of 10% marks.
Assessment Item No. 6 (Final Examination)It will be of 2-hours. Practical exam can also be conducted other than the theoretical. Further detailswill be given towards the end of the semester. This will be held in the formal examination period atthe end of the semester as scheduled by GIFT University.Late Submissions / Missed Quizzes: There will be no-retake of any quiz. A total of two late dayswill be provided and could be used in case any graded homework assignment is given. These canbe used as a whole in one graded homework assignment or as one day each in two gradedhomework assignments.Coming Late to Lectures and Labs: The instructors reserve the right to not allow late comers toattend the lecture.Plagiarism: Unfortunately, some students have resorted to cheating and plagiarism in the past. Wewant to make it clear to you that we have a zero-tolerance policy for such cases. You have made itto GIFT after passing through significant competition. Do not squander a promising opportunitythat may have significant impact on your future. After all, it will be too bad to be expelled fromGIFT or to end up with an F.Some typical cases that we have encountered in the past include submitting identical homework,copying a paragraph from the internet for your assignment without referencing the source, andtaking someone else’s code, changing variable names in it, and then submitting it under your ownname.The instructors also reserve the right to use automated tools to check for plagiarism.Lab Plan:To gain hands on expertise and vivified concepts we will follow the below mentioned lab plan.Week: Work plan1 Basic know how of networking devices, cables2 Making (cross cable) twisted pair cable with RJ45 connectors and connect two similar devices3 Making (straight) twisted pair cable with RJ45 connectors and connect two dissimilar devices4 Unicast, Multicast, Broadcast operations and working, The IP Terminology Classes, Sub Netting, Super Netting5 Introduction to packet tracer simulator6,7 Configuring a Network8 Modem Configuration, VBR, CIR, UBR9,10 Configuration of Wi-Fi Network And Sharing on internet through it11 DHCP, DNS, FILE Servers intro12,13 Switching Concepts, Aggregation, VLANs14,15 Routing Concepts, ACLs
Plagiarism Policy:During this course a strict no tolerance plagiarism policy will be adopted. While collaboration inthis course is highly encouraged, you must ensure that you do claim other people’s work/idea asyour own. Plagiarism occurs when the words, ideas, assertion, theories, figures, images,programming code of others is presented as your own work. You must site and acknowledge allsources of information in your assignments. Failing to comply with plagiarism policy will lead tostrict penalties including zero marks in assignments and reports.