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  1. 1. George Mason University – Graduate Council Graduate Course Approval Form All courses numbered 500 or above must be submitted to the Graduate Council for final approval after approval by the sponsoring College, School or Institute. Graduate Council requires submission of this form for a new course or any change to existing courses. For a new course, please attach a copy of the syllabus and catalog description (with catalog credit format, e.g. 3:2:1). The designated representative of the College, School or Institute should forward the form along with the syllabus and catalog description, if required, as an email attachment (in one file) to the secretary of the Graduate Council. A printed copy of the form with signatures and the attachments should be brought to the Graduate Council meeting. Please complete the Graduate Course Coordinator Form if the proposed changes will affect other units. Note: Colleges, Schools or Institutes are responsible for submitting new or modified catalog descriptions (35 words or less, using catalog format) to Creative Services by deadlines outlined in the yearly Catalog production calendar. Please indicate: New___X___ Modify_______ Delete_______ Department/Unit:_ECE/TCOM_______________ Course Subject/Number:__TCOM 539____________________ Submitted by:_Jeremy Allnutt_______________________ Ext:__3969_____ Email:____jallnutt@gmu.edu_____ Course Title:_Advanced Voice over IP_____________________________________________________________ Effective Term (New/Modified Courses only): _Fall 2007___ Final Term (deleted courses only):____________ Credit Hours: (Fixed) _1.5_ (Var.) ____0__ to _0____ Grade Type (check one): __X__ Regular graduate (A, B, C, etc.) _____ Satisfactory/No Credit only _____ Special graduate (A, B, C, etc. + IP) Repeat Status*(check one): _X__ NR-Not repeatable ___ RD-Repeatable within degree ____ RT-Repeatable within term *Note: Used only for special topics, independent study, or internships courses Total Number of Hours Allowed: _______ Schedule Type Code(s): 1._LEC LEC=Lecture SEM=Seminar STU=Studio INT=Internship IND=Independent Study 2.____ LAB=Lab RCT=Recitation (second code used only for courses with Lab or Rct component) Prereq _X_ Coreq ___ (Check one):__TCOM 519____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ Note: Modified courses - review prereq or coreq for necessary changes; Deleted courses - review other courses to correct prereqs that list the deleted course. Description of Modification (for modified courses):____________________________________________________________________ Special Instructions (major/college/class code restrictions, if needed) :__________________________________________ Department/Unit Approval Signature:_________________________________________ Date: _____________ College/School Committee Approval Signature:__________________________________ Date:_____________
  2. 2. Graduate Council Approval Date:____________ Provost Office Signature:_________________________________ George Mason University Graduate Course Coordination Form Approval from other units: Please list those units outside of your own who may be affected by this new, modified, or deleted course. Each of these units must approve this change prior to its being submitted to the Graduate Council for approval. Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Unit’s Signature: Date: Unit: Head of Units Signature: Date: Graduate Council approval: ______________________________________________ Date: ____________ Graduate Council representative: __________________________________________ Date: ____________ Provost Office representative: ____________________________________________ Date: ____________
  3. 3. SCHOOL PROPOSAL TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL BY SCHOOL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING 1. CATALOG DESCRIPTION (a) TCOM 539 Advanced Voice over IP (1.5:1.5:0) (b) Prerequisites: TCOM 519 (c) Catalog Description: Presents VoIP Applications Using Softswitches: The Softswitch paradigm, advanced functionality and features. Different use of the Softswitch architecture; VoIP QoS: QoS components, protocols, trade-offs. VoIP Security: Aspects of VoIP vulnerabilities, industry- standard remedies; VoIP network design considerations, traffic forecasting, product/vendor selection criteria; Case studies: Enterprise and service provider implementations. Vonage example; Advanced Topics: e.g. vendor interoperability issues, business case analysis, and future of VoIP. 2. JUSTIFICATION (a) Course Objectives This course is intended to provide an in-depth study of Voice over IP (VoIP), building upon the basic Voice Over IP (TCOM 519) as one of the core protocol and networking courses offered by the TCOM program. It will cover the topics above and beyond TCOM 519 in terms of depth and complexity. Students will learn the applications of VoIP, different design considerations, QoS technology and implementations, relevant VoIP security issues and remedies. Several special topics will be covered in the area of VoIP industry acceptance, its future outlook using different measures of success. (b) Course Necessity The proposed course is one of a group of elective courses that would be made available in Modules 1 and 2 (Network Technologies and Network Applications) of the MS in Telecommunications for those students who wish to broaden their study of Internet Protocols to include VoIP. VoIP is quickly establishing itself as a method of choice for integrating desktop video and audio communications channels. (c) Relationship to Existing Courses This course is a natural progression for students to take following TCOM 519, Voice Over IP, should they wish to specialize in Modules 1 and 2. 3. APPROVAL HISTORY ECE Department Date: October 20th, 2006 IT&E Graduate Committee Date: IT&E Dean Date: 4. SCHEDULING Every fall semester, starting fall 2007 Proposed Instructors: Scott Tran, Daniel Golding, Qiang Lin, Scott Robohn, Jeremy Allnutt, and other qualified faculty 5. COURSE OUTLINE (a) Syllabus Week 1 VoIP Applications Using Softswitches: An advanced treatment of the Softswitch, its paradigm, functionality and features. Different use of the Softswitch architecture in an IP environment. Week 2 VoIP QoS: A thorough explanation of QoS components, protocols and trade-offs. RSVP, Diffserv and MPLS protocols are covered in details in terms packet format, features and functions and their pros and cons. Week 3 VoIP QoS (continued): A thorough explanation of QoS components, protocols and trade-offs. RSVP, Diffserv and MPLS protocols are covered in details in terms packet format, features and functions and their pros and cons. Week 4 VoIP Security: Different aspects of VoIP vulnerabilities will discussed, vendor-specific solutions and industry-
  4. 4. standard remedies are also covered in great depth. Week 5 VoIP network design: Discussions will be on several design considerations, traffic forecasting methodology, different product and vendor selection criteria for LAN and WAN deployments. Week 6 VoIP Case studies: Several discussions will be on enterprise and service provider implementations and their pros and cons. The Vonage example will be discussed, plus other VoIP equipment in the field, added user services of VoIP, and new applications (e.g. Skype) Week 7 VoIP Special Topics: Selected from several topics such as vendor interoperability issues, business case analysis, and future outlook of VoIP. Special topic on latest VoIP Market Assessment will be covered. (b) Required textbook Voice Over IP Fundamentals by Jonathan Davidson, 2000, CiscoPress, ISBN 1-57870-168-6 (c) Student Evaluation Criteria Assignments 30% Midterm 30% Final 40%