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Fordham College of Liberal Studies

Department of Computer & Information Sciences


 Semester:  Spring, 2010
 Course Number:  CISC 4615 C01
 Course Title:  Data Communication & Networking
 Instructor:  Dr. Robert K. Moniot
    Office LL 817-E, Phone (212) 636-6334
    Office hours: TF 10:30-12:00, W 4:30-5:30
 Class Hours:  T 6:00-8:45 PM, Room 424
 Required Text:  Computer Networks, 4th ed., by Andrew S. Tanenbaum, (Prentice-Hall 2003, ISBN 0-13-066102-3)

Course Outline: A tour of computer networking concepts and practices from the bare metal up to the World-Wide Web. The course presents the basic concepts of data communications: data transmission, data encoding, data link control, multiplexing, error detection techniques. It covers communication networking techniques: switching, protocols, line control procedures, local networks. Communication carrier facilities and systems planning considerations will also be discussed.

Protocol: Grade will be based on homework & projects (40%), a midterm (25%), and a final exam (35%).

Test Dates: Midterm exam: Tuesday, March 2. Final Exam: Tuesday, May 11.

Schedule of Topics, Readings and Assignments:

Jan. 19:
Chap. 1 -- Overview. OSI reference model. Standards.
Jan. 26:
Chap. 2 -- Physical layer. Bandwidth. Media.
Feb. 2-9:
Chap. 3 -- Data-link layer. Error detection & correction. Data link protocols.
Feb. 23-Mar.9:
Chap. 4 -- MAC sublayer. Ethernet. Wireless networks. Data link layer switching.
Mar. 23-30:
Chap. 5 -- Network layer. Routing. Congestion control. Quality of Service.
Apr. 6-13:
Chap. 6 -- Transport layer. Connectionless & connected sessions. UDP & TCP.
Apr. 20-27:
Chap. 7 -- Application layer. DNS. SMTP & e-mail. Http & World-Wide Web.
May 4:
Chap. 8 -- Network security. Cryptography. Authentication protocols. Security issues.
May 11:
Final Exam.
(Note that this schedule may need to be adjusted slightly as the course progresses. Any changes will be announced in class and posted on the Blackboard web site.)

If you believe that you have a disabling condition that may interfere with your ability to participate in the activities, coursework, or assessment of the object of this course, you may be entitled to accommodations. If so, please schedule an appointment to speak with me immediately or you may go to the Office of Disability Services (Room LL 207, x6282).

Robert Moniot 2010-01-15