CS365 Computer Networking

for S1G 2008

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CS 365 Computer Networking


S1G 2008 GR


McNaughton, Thomas E.


Adjunct Instructor


MSA Information Resource Managment
BS Mgmt/Comp Information Systems

Daytime Phone





Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 7:30

Credit Hours


Comer, Computer Networks and Internets, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003,ISBN 0131433512.

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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.  Prerequisite: CS219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors' educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in interactive learning. Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, examinations and writing are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and integrate information learned.

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:
Participation in class discussions, examinations, individual projects, and homework.

Participation in classroom discussion 15% Paper or project 35% Homework 10% Mid Term 20% Final Examination 20% Total 100% Letter grades will be' assigned as follows: 90% - 100% A 80% - 89% B 70% - 79% C 60% - 69% D 0% - 59% F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All homework is due the next Monday class; the grade will be reduced one letter grade for every class meeting homework is late.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  Class Activities Assignments Tests Meeting - 1 Introduction, discuss Chapters 1 and 2, and Dicuss requirements for individual paper or project Briefly explain the difference between the ping and traceroute commands and some possible uses for each.   Meeting - 2 Discuss Chapters 4-7 Homework To Be Announced, Prepare your paper or project proposal   Meeting - 3 Discuss Chapters 8-10 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 4 Discuss Chapters 11-13 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 5 Discuss Chapters 14 and 15 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 6 Review for Midterm Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 7 Discuss Chapter 16 Homework To Be Announced Midterm Meeting - 8 Discuss Chapters 17-19 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 9 Discuss Chapters 21-23 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 10 Discuss Chapters 24-26 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 11 Discuss Chapters 27-29 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 12 Discuss Chapters 30-32 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 13 Discuss Chapters 34, 35, and 39 Homework To Be Announced   Meeting - 14 Discuss Chapter 40, Review for Final     Meeting - 15 Start individual presentations   Final Meeting - 16 Finish individual  presentations and critique class    

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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