CS2105
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKS (2009/2010, Semester 2) 

 MODULE OUTLINE Created: 22-Dec-2009, Updated: 30-Dec-2009
 
Module Code CS2105
Module Title INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER NETWORKS
Semester Semester 2, 2009/2010
Modular Credits 4
Faculty School of Computing
Department Computer Science
Timetable Timetable/Teaching Staff
Module Facilitators
DR Anand Bhojan Lecturer
Consultation : Friday 4-6pm (please give a call before you come. 65167351)
DR Hwee-Xian Tan Teaching Assistant
CHEN WEI Teaching Assistant
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Aims & Objectives | Prerequisites | Preclusions | 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, DIY handouts 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 Top
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 one or two programming assignments on Network Applications and set of DIY handouts. 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    (Fri 1200 - 0200 PM LT19) 

Week #  Topic Reference
(Textbook Chapters)
Reference
(Others)
  Remarks
Week 1  Introduction to Computer Networks  1,2       
Week 2 Data Communication Fundamentals (Data and Signals, Transmission Media)  3,7       
Week 3 Data Communication Fundamentals (Digital Transmission)  4       
Week 4 Data Communication Fundamentals (Analog Transmission)  5        
Week 5 Data Communication Fundamentals (Multiplexing and Switching)  6,8     

  

Mid term Break 13 Feb (Sat) - 21 Feb (Sun)
Week 6 Communication Protocols (Data Link Control, Error Detection and Correction (CRC))  11,10     

   

Week 7  Internet Applications (WWW, HTTP, Rlogin, E-mail, FTP, DNS)  25,26,27     

MID-SEM TEST

Week 8 
Internet Applications (The Socket Interface)
 Refer slides
    

  Programming Assignment will be released

Week 9 Local Area Networks (Multiple Access, Ethernet)  12,13     

 

Week 10 Wireless Networks (802.11 Wireless LAN, GSM/GPRS, 3G)  14,16    

 

Week 11
Make-up
Lecture
Internet Protocols (Addressing, Address Mapping (ARP), NAT, Basic Concepts of Routing and ICMP)  19,20,21,22     

Make-up Lecture :  Thurs, 1 Apr 2010  6 PM - 8 PM @ LT19
(in lieu of Public Holiday on 2nd Apr - Good Friday)

Week 12

Internet Protocols (TCP, UDP) 

 23     

Programming Assignment
Due: 10 Apr 

Week 13

Security Fundamentals (Cryptography, Security protocols - SSL/TLS, PGP, Firewalls, VPN, IPSec)

30,31,32     

Programming Assignment Presentation Week

 

TUTORIAL ( First tutorial - week on 25 January 2010 )
Group  DAY TIME             VENUE                TUTOR
2 Mon 10am-11am    COM1/203    BHOJAN ANAND
4 Mon 02pm-03pm COM1/210 CHEN WEI 
5 Mon 03pm-04pm COM1/210 CHEN WEI 
6 Mon 04pm-05pm COM1/210 CHEN WEI 
7 Tue 12pm-01pm COM1/239 HWEE XIAN 
8 Tue 01pm-02pm COM1/239 HWEE XIAN 
1 Wed 10am-11am COM1/208 HWEE XIAN 
3 Wed 11am-12pm COM1/208 HWEE XIAN 




 

 

MID-TERM TEST
*DATE/TIME VENUE TYPE DURATION
06-MAR-2010/10.30 AM-11.30 AM

LT19 & SR1

CLOSED BOOK

60 minutes 

 

EXAM  
DATE/TIME VENUE TYPE DURATION

05 MAY 2010 Morning

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CLOSED
BOOK

120 minutes

 

ASSIGNMENTS 
ASSIGNMENT # TYPE SUBMISSION DUE EVALUATION

1

PROGRAMMING

 10-APR-2010 12-APR-2009 to 16-APR-2009 


 ASSESSMENT Top

COMPONENT WEIGHTAGE REMARKS
Assignments (programming) (prog-a)  15%   1 programming assignments
Assignments (problem solving) (prob-a)  10%   4 assignments
Mid-Term Test (mst) 25% closed book
Tutorial (tut) 5%  Attendance and participation
Final Exam (exam) 45% closed book


 WORKLOAD Top
  • 2 hours lecture per week.
  • 1  tutorial hours per week.
  • 1.5 hours for project assignments per week.
  • 1.5 hours on DIY handouts.
  • 4 hours for preparatory work by a student per week.


 
 2. TEXT & READINGS Top
 

Data Communications and Networking (Forouzan) 4th Ed - Slides/Images LINK. <click here>

Computer Networking - A top Down Approach (Kurose&Ross) 5th Ed - Slides. <click here>



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