IS603 Comp Network & Telecomm Systems

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IS 603 Comp Network & Telecomm Systems


F1P 2008 DL


Austin, Kenneth I.


Adjunct Faculty


BS Data Processing, William Jewell College, 86
MBA, Park University, 04

Office Location

Parkville,  MO

Office Hours

by Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Home: 816-587-2105 (before 10:00 pm CST)


Semester Dates

F1P 2008

Class Days


Credit Hours



In addition to the online activities and text book, supplemental information will be assigned throughout the semester for reading and discussion.

Business Data Networks and Telecommunications (6th Edition)
Panko, Raymond R. () Business Data Networks and Telecommunications, 6th Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0132214414

Textbook Home Page:

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

Course Description:
IS 603 Computer Network and Telecommunications Systems: This course explores and analyzes voice and data communications. It will cover traditional and current telecommunication and computer network systems. Topics include the Open System Interconnection (OSI) 7 Layer Model, Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN), Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), Ethernet, Frame Relay, and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain, apply and compare computer networking concepts that include: •Circuit-switching vs. packet-switching •Residential access networks - point to point, dialup modem, ISDN, ADSL, cable modem •Protocol layer stack •Client-server and mainframe paradigms •VoIP vs. the traditional PSTN.
  2. Explain and apply several of these application-layer concepts in depth: •TELNET, FTP, SSH •DNS (dynamic and non-dynamic) •HTTP, HTTPS •SMTP, POP, IMAP •SIP, H.323
  3. Explain, apply and compare these transport-layer concepts: •UDP and TCP •Sliding Window
  4. Explain, apply and compare these network-layer concepts: •IP protocol and addressing •Routing algorithms (RIP, OSPF, and etc.)
  5. Explain and apply these link-layer and local area network concepts: •ARP •Ethernet and WiFi •Hubs, switches, WiFi APs
  6. Design a LAN and WAN.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assignments - Each week assignments will be given to you in the Assignments page that appears under the home page for each week.

Six Weekly Assignments: 10% each (60% total)
Two Memos: 5% each (10% total)
Network Project: 10%                         
Final Exam: 20%

Total = 100%

Requirements for each assignment and exam will be given when it is assigned.

Final examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. 


Grading Criteria – Each week, you will be given a progress report by your instructor that will let you know if you have successfully met the objectives for that week, or if you need to do further work to meet the objectives. Each assignment will detail the requirements and it is critical that all requirements are met in order to get the maximum score. Failure to meet any of the requirements will yield a deduction in points that will be determined by your instructor.

Grading Scale


 90 - 100%


 80 - 89%


 70 - 79%


 60 - 69%


 < 60%

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    • Students should use eMail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The discussion threads are for public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class.
    • All students will participate in weekly Online discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.

Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, please contact the eCollege helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-PARK (1-866-301-7275) or by email at AND let me know also a.s.a.p. so that we can adjust accordingly.

Policy #2:  Back up: every piece of work you complete. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch out there in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.

Policy #3:  Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know and refer to Course Policy #1.

Policy #4: Please check the Announcements area in the Course Home before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please post your question.  Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions.  And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions.  We are all here to learn!

Policy #5:  E-Mail Procedures and Submitting

    • General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all e-mail sent to me and/or other members of our class.
    • My Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).
    • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #6:  Workload: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week (Midnight EST on Sunday).  Assignments received after this time will receive a 10% reduction in your score each day that your assignment is late.

Policy #7: Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in anOnline course.  What you put into anOnline course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online and netiquette

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The course continues over an 8 week period. The course schedule below contains the weekly reading assignments, exams, and due dates. The types of activities that you will be required to complete include participation in the discussion thread and assignments, memo's, projects and exams. The specific directions for each activity will be found on the assignment page in the week that the activity is assigned.

All projects are required to be submitted through the Dropbox. While the final exam must be proctored by an approved proctor. Information about Proctored Exams is found on the Help and Resource page.

You will be able to view your course content on the first day of the week (Mondays). The sequence of topics in the course is linear. You will complete Week 1 before starting Week 2 content.

Due Dates:

  • All projects, memos, discussions and assignments, and exams are due by Sunday at midnight CST.

Learning Activities

Learning Assessments

Topics and
Textbook Readings


Discussion Projects and Memos Exams
  • Applications
  • Elements to a Network
  • Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • Internet, Intranet, and Extranet
  • Concerns and Issues
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  • Layers Defined in Standards
  • Layer 1 (Physical) and Layer 2 (Data Link)
  • Layer 3 (Network)
  • Layer 4 (Transport)
  • Layer 5 (Session), Layer 6 (Presentation), and Layer 7 (Application)
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Ethernet LANs:

  • 802.3 Standards
  • Ethernet Frame Format
  • Switching
  • Advanced Switching

Wireless LANs:

  • 802.11 Standards
  • Transmission Control
  • Security
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  • Access
  • Transport
  • Signaling
  • Cellular


  • Internet Access
  • Private Line
  • Packet Switched Data Network (PSDN)
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Frame Relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Synchronous Optical Network (SONET).
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  • TCP/IP Overview
  • IP Routing
  • IP (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • TCP
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • ü ü    
  • Threats
  • Authentication
  • Firewalls
  • Cryptography
  • ü ü Memo 2  
  • Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Network Simulation
  • IP Management
  • Network Management Utilities and Tools
  • ü      
  • Application Architectures
  • Electronic Mail (E-Mail)
  • World Wide Web (WWW) and E-Commerce
  • Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Applications
  • ü   Network

    Proctored Final Exam

    Academic Honesty:
    As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


    Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

    Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

    Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

    Attendance Policy:

    Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

    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: .


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