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  1. 1. CIS 484 Communication Systems <ul><li>Dr N Ganesan </li></ul><ul><li>Room SFT 615/ SHC 346 </li></ul><ul><li>Ext. 3-2928 </li></ul>
  2. 2. CIS 484 Home Page Professor N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  3. 3. Office Hours <ul><li>Office Hours: MW 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. &  4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Contact <ul><li>Office Location: Simpson Tower 615  </li></ul><ul><li>T-Phone: 323 - 343 2928 </li></ul><ul><li> e-Mail:  [email_address] </li></ul>
  5. 5. First Day’s Coverage <ul><li>Add/drop; Course overview </li></ul><ul><li>Project group formation </li></ul><ul><li>Possible selection of topics </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter 1 coverage </li></ul>
  6. 6. Other Details on Home Page <ul><li>Look for announcements </li></ul><ul><li>All the announcements form previous weeks will be collected and displayed on this page </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Overview N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  8. 8. Topics of Coverage <ul><li>Information Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Network </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Network Security </li></ul>
  9. 9. Theory and Practice <ul><li>The theoretical concepts of computer communications will form an important part of the course. </li></ul><ul><li>Theory will be supplemented by practical examples in the application of computer communications. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Topics <ul><li>Communication Theory </li></ul><ul><li>TCP/IP and Other Major Communications Protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Software </li></ul><ul><li>Network Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Network Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Network Applications: Peer-to-Peer Networking and Wireless Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Internet/WWW Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Network Security  </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hands-on Exercises <ul><li>Using TCP/IP protocol related commands </li></ul><ul><li>A hands-on Windows networking session will be the major thrust during the second half of the quarter.  </li></ul><ul><li>It would include the setting of a peer-to-peer network. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the configuration of a firewall will be discussed in some detail. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Knowledge Areas <ul><li>Basic theory of computer communications </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and networking technologies such as, for instance, packet switching and circuit switching </li></ul><ul><li>TCP/IP protocol, the primary transport and internetworking protocol of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Communication software such as FTP and Hyper Terminal </li></ul><ul><li>Functional network architectures such as the  peer-to-peer, client-server and thin-client network architectures </li></ul>
  13. 13. Knowledge Areas (Cont.) <ul><li>Basic hardware and software used in building networks </li></ul><ul><li>Topics covered under different sections of the Microsoft certification examination </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a peer-to-peer network and understand the concept of sharing resources on the network </li></ul><ul><li>Connect the network to the Internet using a broadband connection such as DSL  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Knowledge Areas (Cont.) <ul><li>Network security and possible security safeguards that ought to be pursued </li></ul><ul><li>Internet infrastructure from a communication point of view  </li></ul>
  15. 15. Delivery of Instruction – CD ROMs <ul><li>Partly based on a set of CD-ROMs produced by the instructor. </li></ul><ul><li>They will be distributed free of charge in the class. </li></ul><ul><li>The students are required to return the CD-ROM to the instructor at the end of the Quarter on the day of the final examination </li></ul>
  16. 16. Deliver of Instruction – Web Site <ul><li>The course website will also play an important role in the dissemination of course related information. </li></ul><ul><li>Address: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.calstatela.edu/faculty/nganesa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on the link to CIS 484 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. References <ul><li>There is a page on the website entitled References that contains references from various sources obtained mostly from the Internet. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They have mostly been captured in Adobe PDF format and made available for downloading </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Other References <ul><li>The textbook also contains useful information on the material covered in the course. </li></ul><ul><li>Websites hosted by computer magazines and companies involved with communications and networking hardware and software are recommended as supplementary references.   </li></ul>
  19. 19. Text Book <ul><li>Raymond Panko, Business Data Networks and Telecommunications, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-035914-9 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Lecture Notes © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  21. 21. Lecture Notes <ul><li>PowerPoint slides are available for downloading from the website </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sections <ul><li>1: Principles of Computer Communications </li></ul><ul><li>2: Understanding Protocols and TCP/IP </li></ul><ul><li>3: Understanding Communication Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>4: Understanding Communication Links and Services </li></ul><ul><li>5: Networking Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><li>6: Practical Peer-to-Peer  Networking </li></ul><ul><li>7: Understanding Network Security and Reliability </li></ul><ul><li>8:  Other Topics and Summary </li></ul>
  23. 23. Multimedia Lectures © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  24. 24. Multimedia Lectures <ul><li>Multimedia lectures are available for most of the topics covered </li></ul><ul><li>The Multimedia Lectures page contains review questions for each multimedia module </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The task is to find answers to these questions when listening to the multimedia modules </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Coverage <ul><li>Read slides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the slides corresponding to the module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cover the module, if the slides are not easy to understand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The modules need to be covered at in-class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The modules need to be covered at home </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coverage of the modules is optional </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Timing <ul><li>The timing of the modules are displayed on each page in the following format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minutes:seconds </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Tutorial (Examination Review) © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  28. 28. Overview <ul><li>Tutorial questions are presented in streamed audio format </li></ul><ul><li>They are intended to highlight the areas of focus in the three examinations, namely the two midterm and the final examinations </li></ul>
  29. 29. Disclaimer <ul><li>The review does not guarantee that the examination questions will be derived entirely from the material being reviewed </li></ul><ul><li>It is neither stated nor implied that there would be a one to one correspondence between the review and the questions given in the examination </li></ul>
  30. 30. Workshop © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  31. 31. Workshops <ul><li>The tasks to be completed by the students or the demonstrations that would be conducted by the instructor are listed for each week on the workshop page </li></ul>
  32. 32. TCP/IP Related Tasks <ul><li>Configuring Host file; Remote computing with FTP and Telnet; Remote website management; TCP/IP command line processing </li></ul>
  33. 33. Demonstrations <ul><li>Network hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Windows sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Thin Client installation, connection and session </li></ul><ul><li>Terminal server (Thin Client server) installation. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Peer-to-Peer Networking <ul><li>Network client configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Testing and troubleshooting client connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the network </li></ul><ul><li>Soft resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Hard resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Printer sharing.  </li></ul>
  35. 35. Firewall Demonstration <ul><li>Demonstration of firewall configuration (switching, network address translation and DHCP features). </li></ul>
  36. 36. DSL Demonstration <ul><li>Demonstration of Small Office Home Office (SOHO) over DSL (time permitting) </li></ul>
  37. 37. Project Details © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  38. 38. Overview <ul><li>The students in the class are required to do group projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will be composed of up to a maximum of four students. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will choose a topic in communication or networking for the project. The topic must be practice oriented .  </li></ul><ul><li>Projects that explore the actual implementation of hardware and software will be graded favorably. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Presentation <ul><li>All members of the project group are required to participate in an oral presentation describing their component of the project work </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft PowerPoint is to be used for the presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>The presentations are scheduled for the ninth and tenth weeks of the Quarter </li></ul><ul><li>The duration of the project presentation by each group should not exceed 30 minutes </li></ul>
  40. 40. Presentation Dates and Contact Information <ul><li>For each group, the scheduled week of presentation will be listed on the web page entitled Project Groups </li></ul><ul><li>The page will also contain the email addresses of the group members and the topics assigned to each group </li></ul>
  41. 41. Project Report <ul><li>One research report is due from each group. </li></ul><ul><li>The report is a collection of individual contributions from each group member. </li></ul><ul><li>The project report is essentially composed of the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation of the project, but revised to reflect the feedback given by the instructor during the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>The slides must be submitted in electronic form stored on either a diskette or a CD </li></ul><ul><li>Hardcopies of the project report will not be accepted .  </li></ul>
  42. 42. Report Format <ul><li>A title slide with the name of the group members </li></ul><ul><li>A slide showing the contents of the entire presentation </li></ul><ul><li>A list of objectives of the project  </li></ul><ul><li>The main body of the presentation divided into smaller modules  </li></ul><ul><li>A summary of the project </li></ul><ul><li>The web references used in the presentation listed separately at the end of the presentation </li></ul><ul><li>A glossary of key terms relating to the project topic </li></ul>
  43. 43. Due Date <ul><li>The disk containing the PowerPoint slides is due on the day of the final examination </li></ul><ul><li>Delayed submission of reports will result in penalty points being assessed and deducted from the cumulative score </li></ul>
  44. 44. Project Topics <ul><li>To help in the choice of a topic for the project, a few sample topics are listed later in a slide. </li></ul><ul><li>A topic that explores a cutting edge or an evolving technology in networking may also be chosen with the approval of the instructor.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For instance, one may choose a topic such as Virtual Private Network to explore the latest developments in virtual private networking.  In this case, the functional features of VPN should be described and demonstrated as appropriate during the presentatin </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. Sample Topics <ul><li>Network Security </li></ul><ul><li>Home Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Over IP </li></ul><ul><li>Video and Audio Streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Private Network (VPN) </li></ul>
  46. 46. Further Brainstorming <ul><li>Visit the websites of vendors of communication and networking products to survey the latest developments in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Technology forums and websites may also be accessed for the selection of an appropriate topic for the project </li></ul><ul><li>The selection of the project topics will be discussed during the first class meeting. The end result of the project will be a project presentation and a project report.  </li></ul>
  47. 47. Points to Note <ul><li>The topics earlier are only given as examples and that the students are not restricted to choosing from the above list of topics.  </li></ul><ul><li>A group may also chose a topic that expands upon the material covered in the course </li></ul><ul><li>An example would be a topic that  would expand on the material covered on streaming in the class. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>However, it is important not to repeat the material covered in the course in the project . </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. Experience and Job Related Topics <ul><li>With the approval of the instructor, a student may also embark on an individual project in lieu of the group project </li></ul><ul><li>Students having extensive experience in communications and networking, or those who are heavily involved in a communications and networking related positions or projects at their place of employment are candidates for the individual projects </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, the project to be undertaken will focus on a specific area of application in communications that would, in turn, relate to the field of expertise of the student concerned.  </li></ul>
  49. 49. Project Grading <ul><li>Relevancy  </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation  </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Content  </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of Understanding   </li></ul><ul><li>Practical Demonstration </li></ul>
  50. 50. CIS 484 Course syllabus <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Course Contents (Lecture Notes) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Information </li></ul><ul><li>Project Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Examination Information </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  51. 51. Project Groups © N. Ganesan, Ph.D.
  52. 52. Project Group Page <ul><li>Contains the following </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group members name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group members email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scheduled week of presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The topic selection will be on a first-come-first served basis </li></ul><ul><li>The selection of topic with the help of the instructor on the first day of class in encouraged </li></ul>
  53. 53. Examination
  54. 54. Examinations <ul><li>There will be three examinations conducted altogether </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two mid-term examinations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A final examination </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. Midterm Examination Schedule <ul><li>The two mid-term examinations will be held on the fourth and seventh weeks respectively </li></ul><ul><li>For the night classes, the examination will begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>For the classes that meet twice a week during the day time, the examinations will be held on the second class meeting of the fourth and seventh weeks respectively </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In this case, the examination will commence at the beginning of the class meeting and span the entire duration of the class </li></ul></ul>
  56. 56. Examination Format <ul><li>The test will be composed primarily of multiple-choice questions </li></ul><ul><li>The number of questions will be between 75 and 150 depending on the material covered prior to the examination </li></ul><ul><li>The focus will be on material covered from the time of the last examination. </li></ul><ul><li>Two Scantrons are therefore recommended for the examination </li></ul><ul><li>It would be a closed-book examination with the exception of a cheat-sheet allowed during the course of the examination for use as reference  </li></ul>
  57. 57. Final Examination <ul><li>The final examination will be held on the date and time printed on the Class Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>The duration is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Emphasis will be placed on the material covered after the last mid-term examination. </li></ul><ul><li>The examination may also include an essay component in addition to a section containing multiple-choice questions. </li></ul><ul><li>The number of multiple-choice questions will be in the neighborhood of 100 to 150, again depending on the material covered during the period following the second examination </li></ul>
  58. 58. Final Examination (Cont.) <ul><li>Two Scantrons are therefore required for the final examination </li></ul><ul><li>The number of essay questions, if present, will vary between 2 and 4 </li></ul><ul><li>The final examination will also be a closed-book examination with the exception of a cheat-sheet allowed during the course of the examination for use as a reference </li></ul>
  59. 59. Examination Schedule
  60. 61. Overview By Nanda Ganesan, Ph.D. © N. Ganesan, All Rights Reserved
  61. 62. Major Thrust <ul><li>Information communication </li></ul><ul><li>Computer networks (LANs) </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and WAN </li></ul>
  62. 63. Major Components Communication Systems Communication Theory Networking Theory Hardware & Software Peer-to-Peer/ Wireless Networking Internet Theory and Features Internet Security Theory Practice
  63. 64. Topics <ul><li>Communication Theory </li></ul><ul><li>TCP/IP and Other Major Communication Protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Software </li></ul><ul><li>Network Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Network Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Network Application: Peer-to-Peer Networking and Wireless Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Internet/WWW Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Network Security </li></ul>
  64. 65. Coverage <ul><li>Theory will mostly be covered during the first half of the quarter that would include coverage on TCP/IP </li></ul><ul><li>The second half of the quarter will partly focus on hands-on exercises </li></ul>
  65. 66. Students’ Perspective <ul><li>Learn the basic theory of computer communications </li></ul><ul><li>Become familiar with communication and networking technologies such as, for instance, packet switching and circuit switching </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a good understanding of TCP/IP, the primary transport and internetworking protocol of the Internet </li></ul>
  66. 67. Students’ Perspective <ul><li>Become aware of communication software such as FTP and Hyper Terminal </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire some experience in multimedia streaming over the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Have a good understanding of the functional network architectures such as the  peer-to-peer, client-server and thin-client network architectures </li></ul><ul><li>Have a grasp of the physical network architectures such as the bus, ring and star architectures  </li></ul>
  67. 68. Students’ Perspective <ul><li>Become aware of the basic hardware and software used in building networks </li></ul><ul><li>Be exposed to a number of topics covered under different sections of the Microsoft certification examination </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to set up a peer-to-peer network and understand the concept of sharing resources on the network </li></ul>
  68. 69. Students’ Perspective <ul><li>Have acquired the knowledge to set up a simple network and connect the network to the Internet using a broadband connection such as DSL  </li></ul><ul><li>Have a good working knowledge of the Internet infrastructure from a communication point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Be introduced to issues related to network security and possible security safeguards that may be pursued </li></ul>
  69. 70. Delivery of Instruction <ul><li>Based on Technology Mediate Learning (TML) </li></ul><ul><li>TML Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia CD-ROM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A probable Cyber-lab accessible from any computer on the Internet </li></ul></ul>
  70. 71. Website Addresses <ul><li>Address for internal/external access: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.calstatela.edu/faculty/nganesa </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Address for internal access: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ganesan.calstatela.edu </li></ul></ul>
  71. 72. Multimedia Modules <ul><li>Students may be required to listen to multimedia modules during regular lecture hours </li></ul><ul><li>Students are therefore required to bring their own set of headphones for each class </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving the headphones at home is equivalent to being absent from part of a lecture </li></ul>
  72. 73. TML Advantage <ul><li>The in-class meeting may be reduced by a certain percentage of time thus enabling the students to take full advantage of Technology Mediated Learning (TML) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As permitted by university guidelines </li></ul></ul>
  73. 74. Attendance <ul><li>Regular attendance at this stage is emphasized </li></ul><ul><li>Course material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect new developments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Missed class meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy the notes from a friend </li></ul></ul>
  74. 75. References <ul><li>Website listed </li></ul><ul><li>Course slides stored under Lecture Notes on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Stored references </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A collection of web references stored in PDF format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A listing of relevant web links </li></ul></ul>
  75. 76. Textbook <ul><li>Refer to the web </li></ul>
  76. 77. The End
  77. 78. Course Contents By Nanda Ganesan, Ph.D. © All Rights Reserved
  78. 79. Course Contents <ul><li>Section 1: Communication Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Section 2: TCP/IP and Other Major Communication Protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Section 3: Communication Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Section 4: Communication Software </li></ul><ul><li>Section 5: Network Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Section 6: Network Hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Section 7: Network Application: Peer-to-Peer Networking and Wireless Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Section 8: Internet/WWW Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Section 9: Network Security </li></ul>
  79. 80. Section 1: Communication Theory <ul><li>Communication trends </li></ul><ul><li>Digital and analog communications </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic and optical transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting of information for transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Packet and circuit switching </li></ul><ul><li>Asynch and Synch transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Serial and parallel transmission </li></ul><ul><li>Modulation </li></ul><ul><li>Frequency spectrum and bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Multiplexing </li></ul><ul><li>Error causes and detection </li></ul>
  80. 81. Section 2: TCP/IP and Other Major Communication Protocols <ul><li>ISO/OSI seven layer model </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of TCP/IP </li></ul><ul><li>IP addressing explored </li></ul><ul><li>Subnets IP routing </li></ul><ul><li>Hostname resolution </li></ul><ul><li>TCP/IP in the Windows environment </li></ul><ul><li>Common communication protocols </li></ul>
  81. 82. Section 3: Communication Hardware <ul><li>Communication media </li></ul><ul><li>Micro as a communication device </li></ul><ul><li>Modems </li></ul><ul><li>Mainframe and Mini computer equipment </li></ul>
  82. 83. Section 4: Communication Software <ul><li>Windows HyperTerminal </li></ul><ul><li>FTP </li></ul><ul><li>ProComm Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Remote execution software: VNC </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio and video streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio and video streaming process </li></ul></ul>
  83. 84. Section 5: Network Theory <ul><li>LAN definition </li></ul><ul><li>Functional architectures </li></ul><ul><li>Physical architectures </li></ul><ul><li>Topology </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE and LAN protocols </li></ul><ul><li>LAN reliability </li></ul>
  84. 85. Section 6: Network Hardware <ul><li>Basic networking hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Internetworking hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Other LAN hardware </li></ul>
  85. 86. Section 7: Network Application (Peer-to-Peer Networking) <ul><li>Client configuration overview </li></ul><ul><li>Network client configuration </li></ul><ul><li>Testing and troubleshooting client connections </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of exploring the network </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring the network in Windows 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamentals of soft resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Soft resource sharing in Windows 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamentals of hard resource sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Installation and sharing of printers </li></ul><ul><li>Defining the properties of a shared printer </li></ul>
  86. 87. Section 7: Network Application (Wireless Networking) <ul><li>Overview of wireless communications </li></ul><ul><li>Bluetooth </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise wireless LANs </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless LAN practical implementation </li></ul>
  87. 88. Section 8: Internet/WWW Infrastructure <ul><li>Digital lines and services </li></ul><ul><li>Internet infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>DSL case study </li></ul>
  88. 89. Section 9: Network Security <ul><li>Internet client security concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Software and hardware firewall </li></ul><ul><li>Encryption </li></ul>
  89. 90. The End
  90. 91. Examination and Grading By Nanda Ganesan, Ph.D. © All Rights Reserved
  91. 92. Overview <ul><li>There will be three examinations conducted consisting of the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Midterm 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Midterm 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final </li></ul></ul>
  92. 93. Examination Schedule Weeks 7-10 11 th Week Final Weeks 4-6 7 th Week Midterm 2 Weeks 1-3 4 th Week Midterm 1 Focus Schedule Examination
  93. 94. More on Examination Schedule <ul><li>For the night class, the midterm examinations will begin at 8:00 p.m. and continue till 9:30 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>For the day classes, the midterm examinations will be conducted during the second class meeting of the week </li></ul><ul><li>The final examination will be conducted on the 11 th week at the time and date indicated in the class schedule </li></ul>
  94. 95. Examination Format <ul><li>Multiple-choice questions are slated for all the examinations </li></ul><ul><li>The number of questions in the two midterms will be in the range of 75-100 </li></ul><ul><li>The final examination may contain more than 100 questions requiring the students to bring along two Scantrons </li></ul>
  95. 96. Material Allowed in the Examination <ul><li>All examinations are closed-book examinations </li></ul><ul><li>One cheat-sheet is allowed for each examination </li></ul><ul><li>Simple calculators calculators are allowed in the examination </li></ul><ul><li>Programmable calculators are not allowed in the examination </li></ul>
  96. 97. Examination Coverage <ul><li>Midterm 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weeks 1-3 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Midterm 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weeks 4-6 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weeks 7-10 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>None of the examinations are comprehensive although knowledge of previously covered material is often required to answer questions in the later examinations </li></ul>
  97. 98. Make-up Examinations <ul><li>No make-up examinations are offered </li></ul><ul><li>Exception </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical situation pertaining to self or a family member in which case appropriate document will be required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unacceptable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Any other reason </li></ul></ul>
  98. 99. Grade Composition <ul><li>Midterm 1 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Midterm 2 15% </li></ul><ul><li>Group Project 25% </li></ul><ul><li>Final examination 45% </li></ul><ul><li>Total = 100% </li></ul><ul><li>The above figures are provided only as a guideline </li></ul>
  99. 100. Assignment of Letter Grade 15% 25% 60% ?% A B C D The assignment of a letter grade is based on a curve.
  100. 101. End
  101. 102. Project Information By Nanda Ganesan, Ph.D. © All Rights Reserved
  102. 103. Project Groups <ul><li>One group project is required </li></ul><ul><li>Each group would be composed of 4 members </li></ul><ul><li>The end result would be a project presentation and a project report </li></ul>
  103. 104. Project Task <ul><li>Projects can be exploratory in nature or they could deal with an actual implementation of hardware and/or software relating to communications </li></ul><ul><li>Projects that explore the actual implementation of hardware and software will be graded favorably </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of topics that are purely theoretical in nature and those that deal mostly with management issues are discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Sample topics will be discussed later </li></ul>
  104. 105. Project Topic <ul><li>Must be application oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Two choices for possible project topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review an actual implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a hands-on demonstration of the features of a hardware/software system relating to communications </li></ul></ul>
  105. 106. Anchor Areas for Project Topics <ul><li>Internet communications </li></ul><ul><li>Web related communications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio and video streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encryption, VPN etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emerging platforms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.Net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J2EE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other contemporary and emerging areas of communications </li></ul>
  106. 107. Experience Related Topics <ul><li>With the approval of the instructor, a student may embark on an individual project in lieu of the group project </li></ul><ul><li>Students having extensive experience in communications or those who are involved in communication related projects are candidates for individual projects </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone fulfilling the above requirements may consult with the instructor for discussion and approval of a project topic </li></ul>
  107. 108. Job Related Topics <ul><li>A student may also be allowed to present current job related information as an individual project provided the current job relates to either communications or networking </li></ul><ul><li>Again, anyone wishing to pursue a job related project topic may consult with the instructor for discussion and approval of a the topic </li></ul>
  108. 109. A Note of Caution <ul><li>Do not present the material covered or that is slated for coverage in the class as part of the project presentation </li></ul>
  109. 110. Project Methodology <ul><li>Step 1: Survey the literature on the chosen topic </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2a: For the exploratory projects, describe the actual implementation of a system or describe a specific feature of a software in the area of communications </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2b: For the hands-on projects, give a demonstration of chosen hardware and/or software chosen for the project </li></ul>
  110. 111. Project Presentation <ul><li>Presentation slides must be created using PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>For each group, the total duration of the presentation should not exceed 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Each member of the group is required to present his or her portion of the project work </li></ul>
  111. 112. Presentation Schedule <ul><li>The first half of project groups will present during the 9 th week of the Quarter </li></ul><ul><li>The second half of project groups will present during the 10 th week of the Quarter </li></ul><ul><li>The presentation slot for the Morning classes will be during the second meeting of the week </li></ul><ul><li>The presentations for the evening classes will commence after the mid-class 30 minute break </li></ul>
  112. 113. Presentation Format <ul><li>Number of slides to be produced by each group member is left to the discretion of the member concerned </li></ul><ul><li>For consistency, the slides style and format used in the course lectures are to be followed </li></ul>
  113. 114. Presentation Contents Organization <ul><li>A title slide with the name of the group members </li></ul><ul><li>A slide showing the contents of the entire presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Main body of the presentation divided into smaller modules </li></ul><ul><li>A summary of the project </li></ul><ul><li>A Glossary of key terms relating to the project topic </li></ul>
  114. 115. Project Report <ul><li>A group report must be submitted consisting entirely of PowerPoint slides </li></ul><ul><li>The submission must be in electronic form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The collection of slides may be submitted stored either on a floppy disk or on a CD or on a Zip disk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Disk containing the report must be submitted immediately following the project presentation </li></ul>
  115. 116. End
  116. 117. MODULE VI Project References
  117. 118. Module Objective <ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Off-line electronic reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Magazine articles on CD-ROMs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-line electronic reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical book stores </li></ul>
  118. 119. Examples of a Few Magazines <ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>PC World </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Windows NT Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>BYTE </li></ul><ul><li>LAN Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Network Computing </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul>
  119. 120. Leading General Microcomputer Magazines <ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Premier publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly commercial but equally technical in describing the features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers mostly Intel based machines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PC World </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to PC Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carries concise articles and provides tips on the usage of software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers all micros, but mostly Intel-based micros </li></ul></ul>
  120. 121. Leading Windows Magazines <ul><li>Windows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers mostly desktop usage of all Window programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishes application oriented articles and information on windows related hardware and software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows NT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A premier magazine dedicated to NT computing both at the server and workstation level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carries both feature and technical articles </li></ul></ul>
  121. 122. Leading Technology Magazines in Microcomputing <ul><li>BYTE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent technical magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary and future technologies are discussed in this magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because of the proliferation of microcomputer in business, the enterprise level technologies are also discussed in the magazine </li></ul></ul>
  122. 123. Leading LAN Magazines <ul><li>LAN Magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Premier LAN magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical details and real-world applications are discussed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network Computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Product review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly commercial applications are discussed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers enterprise level LAN architectures and applications </li></ul></ul>
  123. 124. Other Area Specific Magazines <ul><li>Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Client Server </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul>
  124. 125. Offline Electronic Reference: Articles and Seminar Material <ul><li>Textbook related material including the presentation slides can now be downloaded from the publisher for off-line reference </li></ul><ul><li>Magazine CD-ROMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PC Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BYTE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information presented on seminars and conferences are now available on CD-ROMs </li></ul>
  125. 126. Off-line Electronic Reference: Software Demonstrations and Sample Applications <ul><li>A variety of demonstration CD-ROMs on software is available from software developers </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional CD-ROMs from vendors such as Microsoft carry sample applications in areas such as Intranet </li></ul>
  126. 127. Availability of Offline Reference <ul><li>Publishers of magazines such as the PC-Magazine CD-ROM </li></ul><ul><li>Software vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Conference and seminar organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Companies specializing in computer-based training </li></ul>
  127. 128. Online Electronic Reference to Articles <ul><li>Magazine articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Select </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Datapro </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indexes to articles and general articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carl </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Melvyl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lexis-Nexis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles from a variety of computer magazines and journals can be accessed through this thoroughbred online service </li></ul></ul>
  128. 129. World Wide Web <ul><li>The WWW is a wealth of information providing access to a number of entities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Published articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software and drivers for downloading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answers to frequently asked questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies of implementation etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An example would be to access the PacBell web site to obtain information on ISDN </li></ul><ul><li>The WWW is more than simply an online reference </li></ul>
  129. 130. Availability of On-line Electronic Reference <ul><li>Almost all the references listed are available on campus from any networked computer </li></ul><ul><li>A user account that could be obtained from the ATS is required to access the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the CIS laboratory or the Advanced Technology Laboratory located in the Salazar Hall to obtain a student computer account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An account must be obtained during the first week </li></ul></ul>
  130. 131. Technical Book Store <ul><li>OPAM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is perhaps the premier technical bookstore in Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is located on Sycamore Street off Santa Monica Blvd. In Hollywood </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On-line bookstores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps the largest bookstore is amazon.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many bookstores such as Barnes and Nobles in Pasadena now has online catalogs and ordering service </li></ul></ul>
  131. 132. Other Bookstores <ul><li>Crown </li></ul><ul><li>Barnes and Nobles </li></ul><ul><li>Fry’s Electronics Books Section </li></ul>
  132. 133. END OF MODULE VI
  133. 134. MODULE VII Course Material
  134. 135. Module Objective <ul><li>Text Book </li></ul><ul><li>Student Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Link to Microsoft Certification Examination </li></ul><ul><li>Other Recommended Books </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul>
  135. 136. Text Book <ul><li>Business Data Communications by Raymond R Panko </li></ul><ul><li>The strength of the book lies in its application oriented treatment of the subject </li></ul><ul><li>To a large extent, the book covers the subject from a networking and an Internet point of view thus enhancing its usefulness </li></ul>
  136. 137. Overview of the Textbook <ul><li>Many of the topics and information covered in this course are also covered in the book </li></ul><ul><li>The book is recommended for those who find the subject covered in the student guide difficult to follow </li></ul><ul><li>The application portion of the course such as the peer-to-peer networking etc. are, however, not covered in the course </li></ul>
  137. 138. The Role of the Text Book <ul><li>Because of the fact that the multimedia modules of the course are based on the student guide, the text book plays a complimentary role </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, the text book is discussed form this vantage point </li></ul>
  138. 139. Text Book Coverage <ul><li>A good source for backup information on theoretical topics </li></ul><ul><li>Computer networking is better covered in the student guide </li></ul><ul><li>Internet topics are covered more extensively in the text book </li></ul><ul><li>The author also maintains a web address for supporting course material such as display slides etc. </li></ul>
  139. 140. Text Book Usefulness <ul><li>Students with minimal exposure to the topics to be covered and those who have difficulty following the concepts are most likely to benefit from the book </li></ul><ul><li>Others may opt to use the book as a reference </li></ul><ul><li>In essence, the book is best used as a reference, in particular, for Internet related topics </li></ul>
  140. 141. Overview of the Student Guide <ul><li>A student guide containing the slides to be presented in the class is required </li></ul><ul><li>It can be purchased from the instructor at a cost of $25.00. </li></ul><ul><li>Please enlist your name for the purchase of the student guide immediately after the end of the first class meeting </li></ul>
  141. 142. Student Guide Contents <ul><li>The student guide will be the primary course material </li></ul><ul><li>The guide is divided into four parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Hardware, Software and Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Area Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Internet </li></ul></ul>
  142. 143. The Role of the Student Guide <ul><li>Because the course will be taught electronically for most part, the student guide is required as the base material for the multimedia modules </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the slides that are displayed can be found in the student guide except, of course, the software demonstrations </li></ul>
  143. 144. Other Recommended Books for Further Study <ul><li>FrontPage 98, Paperback Edition </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Essentials, published by Microsoft Press </li></ul><ul><li>Windows 95 and Networking Essentials by Casad, published by New Riders </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Microsoft at its web site www.microsoft.com for further details on available FrontPage 98 books </li></ul>
  144. 145. Summary of Hardcopy Reference <ul><li>Required text </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ganesan, Nanda, Local Area Networks, 1997 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Data Communications, Raynond R. Panko </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Person, Using Windows 95 Special Edition, Que Corporation, 1995 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FrontPage 98, Paperback edition. </li></ul></ul>
  145. 146. Electronic Reference <ul><li>All the electronic references discussed earlier in relation to the class project apply equally well to the entire course as reference material </li></ul><ul><li>In particular, the online reference named Datapro can be specially useful in understanding the concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Datapro is essentially an encyclopedia of computer terminology and technology </li></ul>
  146. 147. Software <ul><li>Hands-on experience with Windows95 is required </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of FrontPage 98 will be acquired during the course </li></ul>
  147. 148. END
  148. 149. Summary of Key Concerns By Nanda Ganesan © All rights reserved.
  149. 150. Summary of Key Examination Concerns <ul><li>Midterm examination is on the fifth week of the quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Final examination will be conducted as printed in the class schedule </li></ul><ul><li>A cheat-sheet is allowed in both examinations </li></ul><ul><li>A make-up examination is not conducted </li></ul>
  150. 151. Summary of Project Concerns <ul><li>A group project is to be completed </li></ul><ul><li>Group presentations are scheduled for the tenth week of the quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline for the project report is on the day of the final examination </li></ul><ul><li>Photocopies of all reference material must be attached to the project report </li></ul>
  151. 152. Summary of Grading and Homework Concerns <ul><li>Grading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letter grades assigned based on a grade distribution curve </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very helpful in preparing for the examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer the questions in the tutorial in time for the examination </li></ul></ul>
  152. 153. End
  153. 154. First Day’s Tasks By Nanda Ganesan, Ph.D. © All rights reserved.
  154. 155. First Day’s Tasks <ul><li>Add/Drop Procedure </li></ul><ul><li>Group Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Course Content Overview </li></ul>
  155. 156. Add/Drop Procedure
  156. 157. Group Formation
  157. 158. Course Contents
  158. 159. The End

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