CS2105
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKS (2008/2009, Semester 1) 

 MODULE OUTLINE Created: 06-Jun-2008, Updated: 13-Jan-2009
 
Module Code CS2105
Module Title INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKS
Semester Semester 1, 2008/2009
Modular Credits --
Faculty School of Computing
Department Computer Science
Timetable Timetable/Teaching Staff
Module Facilitators
DR Anand Bhojan Lecturer
Consultation : Friday: 3pm-5pm
XUE MINGQIANG Teaching Assistant
CHEN BIN Teaching Assistant
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Aims & Objectives | Prerequisites | Teaching Modes | Schedule | Assessment | Workload | References


 AIMS & OBJECTIVES Top
This course aims to provide a broad introduction to computer networks and some appreciations of network application programming. It covers a range of topics including basic data communication and computer network concepts, protocols, networked computing concepts and principles, network applications development and network security. The emphasis of teaching is on the working principles and application of computer networks. As an integral part of the course, tutorials and practical assignments enforcing learning will also be given. These assignments provide an early exposure in network application programming and they should be able to complete by using personal computers and school?s network facilities.


 PREREQUISITES Top
Prerequisites: (CS1102 or CS1102C or CS1102S) and CS1104/CS2100
Preclusions: IT2001, EE3204/E, EE4210. EEE & CPE students are not allowed to take this module.


 TEACHING MODES Top

There are weekly Lectures and Tutorials planned for this course. There will be two programming assignments on Network Applications. This is an Introduction course, hence there will be a broad coverage of topics on Networking. Every session introduces some new topic, hence your attendance and participation is very important!

LECTURES:

Lectures will be conducted as per the schedule below. Usually there will be one or two lecture groups/sessions. If there are two are more Lecture groups/sessions the same content will be repeated in both the sessions.

Students are recommended to attend the specific group/session for which they have registered for. Anyhow, under unavoidable circumstances, the students can attend another group/session for that week. There is no need to get prior permission for temporary change of Lecture group.

Though attendance is not taken, the students are expected to attend all the Lectures as some important announcements and discussions will be made during the Lectures.

There is  NO webcast or podcast for this course.For make-up lectures (if any), we may arrange for webcast. 

TUTORIALS:

There are weekly tutorials. Usually there will be multiple groups/sessions. Please refer below for the schedule.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session. Students should attend the group/sessions for which they have registered for. If you want to change your tutorial group/session, you should apply through tutorial registration/swap system and inform both the tutors affected upon approval.  For temporary changes (for one or two sessions) you should get prior permission form the tutors affected. Make sure the attendance register is updated after any change.

You are responsible for making the tutorials sessions lively. The sessions are designed for discussing your solutions/answers and views rather than simply looking for the answers/solutions from the tutors.

Solutions/Answers for the Tutorial questions which are discussed during the session will  NOT be published/given . However, due to lack of time, if some questions are not discussed then the Solution/Answers for these questions may be published for your reference. If you miss any tutorial session, you may do all the questions yourself and send it to your tutor to get your solutions/answers verified.

 

 



 SCHEDULE Top

LECTURE  (Group 1: Fri 1200 - 1400 LT19)

Week #  Topic Reference
(Textbook Chapters)
Reference
(Others)
Lecturers
(Tentative)
Remarks
Week 1  Introduction to Computer Networks  1,2      
Week 2  Internet Applications (WWW, HTTP, Rlogin, E-mail, FTP, DNS)  25,26,27      
Week 3 
 
Internet Applications (The Socket Interface)  Refer slides    

 

 

Week 4  Data Communication Fundamentals (Data and Signals, Transmission Media)  3,7      Assignment 1 will be released
Week 5 Data Communication Fundamentals (Analog & Digital Transmission)  4,5      
Week 6 Data Communication Fundamentals (Multiplexing and Switching)  6,8       
Mid term Break 21 Feb (Sat) - 1 Mar (Sun)
Week 7 Communication Protocols (Data Link Control, Error Detection and Correction (CRC))  10 (crc only), 11    

   Assignment 1 Due: 1st Mar.

Assignment 1 presentation week.

MID-SEM TEST

Week 8 Local Area Networks (Multiple Access, Ethernet, Wireless LAN)  12,13,14    

  Assignment 2 will be released

Week 9

Internet Protocols (Addressing, Address Mapping (ARP), ICMP)  19,20,21    

 

Week 10 Internet Protocols (Routing & Routing Protocols and algorithms)  22      
Week 11 

Internet Protocols (TCP, UDP, SCTP)

 23     Assignment 2 Due: 29 Mar.

Assignment 2 presentation week. 
Week 12

Security Fundamentals (Cryptography, Security protocols and algorithms)

30,31      
Week 13 Internet Security (SSL/TLS, PGP, Firewalls, VPN, IPSec)  32       

 

 

TUTORIAL *
Sl (DAY)(TIME SLOT)(VENUE)(GROUP) TUTOR
1 (Mon)(09-10am)(COM1-203)(1)   
2 (Mon)(10-11am)(COM1-203)(2)    
3 (Mon)(11-12pm)(COM1-203)(3)    
4 (Mon)(02-03pm)(COM1-210)(4)    
5 (Mon)(03-04pm)(COM1-210)(5)    
6 (Mon)(04-05pm)(COM1-210)(6)     
7 (7)    
8 (8)    

* As on 12-Jan-2009

MID-TERM TEST
*DATE/TIME VENUE TYPE DURATION
 07-MAR-2009/TBA

 

CLOSED BOOK

60 minutes 

 


 

EXAM 
DATE/TIME VENUE TYPE DURATION

06-MAY-2009
--.--  

TBA 

CLOSED
BOOK

120 minutes

 

ASSIGNMENTS 
ASSIGNMENT # TYPE SUBMISSION DUE EVALUATION

1

PROGRAMMING

 01-MAR-2009 02-MAR-2009 to 06-MAR-2009 
2

PROGRAMMING

 29-MAR-2009 30-MAR-2009 to 03-APR-2009 


 ASSESSMENT Top

COMPONENT WEIGHTAGE REMARKS
Assignments  20%   2 assignments
Mid-Term Test 25% closed book
Tutorial 5%  Attendance and participation
Final Exam 50% closed book



 WORKLOAD Top
2-1-0-3-4


 
 1. TEXT & READINGS Top
Total 2 items
Title and AuthorEdition / Year /
*ISBN
Publisher
Data Communications and Networking
Author:Behrouz A. Forouzan
4e / 2007
ISBN:0071254420
McGraw-HillCompulsory

(80% of the syllabus)

Companion Website
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach
Author:Kurose & Ross
4e / 2008
ISBN:0321513258
Pearson Education/Addison WesleyReferences

This is reference text for the module. (Copies available in Library).

 2. TEXT & READINGS Top
 

Data Communications and Networking (Forouzan)- Slides/Images LINK. <click here>

Computer Networking - A top Down Approach (Kurose&Ross) - Slides. <click here>



Aims & Objectives | Prerequisites | Teaching Modes | Schedule | Assessment | Workload | References