CS365 Computer Networking

for FA 2008

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CS 365 Computer Networking


FA 2008 HO


Hsin, Wen


Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science



Office Location

Science Hall 016A

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: time posted on my office door



Web Page


Semester Dates

August 18, 2007 to December 12, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM


CS208 and CS151

Credit Hours



Network+ Guide to Networks, 4th edition, Tamar Dean, ISBN-0-619-21743-X

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Course Description:
This course provides an overview of computer networking concepts. Course topics include (but are not limited to): protocol layer stack, circuit switching vs. packet switching, connectionless vs. connection-oriented services, routing, Ethernet, LAN topologies, transmission media. Optionally, the course may provide hands-on projects. For example, students may be asked to install and configure a LAN, install and use Linux network applications, or write network programs. PREREQUISITES: CS 208 and CS 151. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I believe that most people learn best by actually working with and using the information presented in class.  To do this, we will have a number of assignments that will help emphasize some of the more difficult course concepts.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and comprehend the following networking concepts -basic computer networking concepts including Circuit-switching and Packet-switching, Residential access networks (point-to-point, dialup modem, ADSL, cable modem), Protocol layer stack, Client-Server paradigm, and Packet-switched network delay calculation -application-layer applications including Telnet, FTP, DNS, HTTP, SMTP -Other state of arts topics including Wireless and Mobile Networks, and Security in Computer Network.
  2. Examine and analyze the following transport-layer concepts: -Transport-Layer services -Reliable vs. un-reliable data transfer -TCP protocol -UDP protocol
  3. Examine and synthesize the following network-layer concepts: -Network-Layer services –Routing -IP protocol -IP addressing
  4. Examine and evaluate the following link-layer and local area network concepts: -Link-Layer services –Ethernet -Token Ring -Error detection and correction -ARP protocol

Core Assessment:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS 365 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

For this course, the assessment is based on a final exam. There will be 4 questions in each of the 8 categories, i.e. Synthesis, Analysis,… etc. Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam. Furthermore, all 4 questions for each category should cover all 4 learning outcomes.


Class Assessment:
Final Exam, Quizzes, Tests, Homework and Project assignments


Projects and Presentations                                   32%

4 Exams                                                              48%

Final Exam                                                          20%


Letter grades are assigned (based on your overall score) as follows:


            90 - 100                       A        

            80 -  89                        B

            70 -  79                        C

            60 -  69                        D

          less than 60                   F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Homework must be turned on a specified date and time.

Each student is allowed TWO late submissions for the entire semester. It is intended to be used for lateness due to family problems, sickness, printer or diskette malfunctions, losing the homework, transportation problems, forgetting to bring the (completed) homework to class, etc. Once this allowance is used up, no further late submission is allowed.

If an assignment is to be due on Wednesday, a late allowance extends the assignment deadline to Friday 8:00am of the same week. The instructor will inform you of the late due date if an assignment is not due on Wednesday.


Also, once the solution key of an assignment is posted, I won'’t be able to accept a late submission.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Park University's Student Conduct Code is strictly enforced.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tentative Lecture Sequence (subject to change):

Appendix A, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, Appendix C, Chapters 4, 11, 14, 15, 8, 9, 10, 13, 12

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Penalty: (1) First-time offense - 0 credit on all work (i.e., current and prior assignments, tests, etc.) (2) Subsequent offense - receive F as the final grade and expel the offender from the class.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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