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Data Communications and Network Management. ISQS 6341, Fall 2000 Instructor: Zhangxi Lin Office: BA 708 Phone: 742-1926 E-mail: Homepage: Class meetings: TTh 2:00-3:20p, BA 268 Office hours: TTh 9:00-11:00a. Course Content.

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data communications and network management
Data Communications and Network Management

ISQS 6341,Fall 2000

Instructor: Zhangxi Lin

Office: BA 708 Phone: 742-1926 E-mail: zlin@ba.ttu.eduHomepage:

Class meetings: TTh 2:00-3:20p, BA 268 Office hours: TTh 9:00-11:00a

course content
Course Content

Fundamentals of data communications and computer networks

  • For the study of data communications using the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) layered architecture model;
  • To explore leading edge distributed applications, products, or services that are being used in today's business and home environments.
  • Both technical and managerial aspects of data communications and networks will be covered.
course goals
Course Goals

Students should, after taking the course,

  • have a good understanding of data communications technology
  • know how to fulfill data communication application needs
  • have the fundamental knowledge to carry out relevant research

Required Textbook:

Business Data Communications and Networking

6th editionJerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis John Wiley & Sons 1999.

Optional Materials:

1) Data & Computer Communications, 6th edition

William Stallings, Prentice Hall 2000

2) Business Data Communications, 5th edition

David A. Stamper, Addison Wesley, 1999

grading policy
Grading Policy
  • Two Exams 50%
  • Five of the Six Quiz 25% (the highest five)
  • Group Project 25%
    • Written report 40%
    • Presentation 40% (content 30%, communication 30%, slide 20%, Q&A 20%)
    • Group Web Site Updates 20%

The above is 100%

  • Extra Bonus Credits up to 5%
  • Two purposes:
    • To exam instructor’s teaching effectiveness
    • To help students to improve study efficiency
  • Relevant to the exercises for each chapter
  • Normally it takes 10-15 minutes
  • One of the 6 Quiz will not be counted, whichever has the lowest score.
quiz schedule
Quiz Schedule
  • Quiz 1 - 9/7, Thursday, Chapter 2
  • Quiz 2 - 9/14, Thursday, Chapter 3
  • Quiz 3 - 9/26, Tuesday, Chapter 4
  • Exam 1 - 10/10, Tuesday
  • Quiz 4 - 10/19, Thursday, Chapter 7
  • Quiz 5 - 10/26, Thursday, Chapter 8
  • Quiz 6 - 11/2, Thursday, Chapter 9
  • Exam 2 - 11/21, Tuesday
make up test
Make-up Test
  • Make-up test may only be available for exams in the case that you could not take the test at the specific time due to medical emergencies or unexpected travel plans. If you need to reschedule a test, you must contact the instructor before the scheduled test
  • No make-up test for quiz. Students are allowed to skip one quiz. Taking all quiz is encouraged, but only five of them with highest grades are counted.
homework assignments
Homework Assignments
  • Exercises are assigned after each chapter
  • Based on the questions at the end of the chapters and the supplemental materials.
  • Submission is not mandatory, but absolutely relevant to the quiz and exams.
  • Answer keys can be found from supplemental materials
extra bonus credits
Extra Bonus Credits
  • In the following cases you may earn extra credits:
    • Presenting a topic in mini-presentations, one credit each time. Available to those experienced students.
    • Active involvement in class discussions
    • Any recognized contribution to improving teaching and researching for this course.
  • The maximum number of credits is five (5%).
mini presentation
  • The students who have work experience in industry are particularly encouraged to provide presentations.
  • The presentation lasting 5-10 minutes focused on a specific topic.
  • Normally scheduled to be done at beginning of a class meeting.
  • Presenters need to contact the instructor in advance to discuss the presentation topic.
  • At most 6 mini-presentations can be scheduled through the session.
mini presentation topics
Mini-presentation Topics
  • An example of network application.
  • Web-based application development, such as CGI, ASP, PHP, Cold Fusion, etc.
  • Network socket programming.
  • New networking services.
  • E-commerce case study.
  • Research issues in e-commerce or data comm.
  • Any other advanced topics are welcome.
group project
Group Project
  • Each Group consists of 2-3 students
  • Topics (suggested, but not restricted):
    • Web security (6)
    • Public Key infrastructure (9)
    • Hacking and security (8)
    • SSL and TLS (7)
    • Secure Eletronic Transaction (SET) (8)
    • SOCKS V5 (8)
    • Certificate authority (7)
    • IPSec (7)
    • Web-enabled database access (6)
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Group Project
  • Topics (continued):
    • Layer-3 switch and Layer-4 switch (7)
    • Wireless communications (6)
    • ICMP (7)
    • Routing Information Protocol (RIP) (7)
    • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) (7)
    • IntServ vs DiffServ (7)
    • Internet Quality of Service (6)
    • e-Portal services (6)
    • Internet-based escrow services (7)
    • Online credit card payment (6)
project schedule
Project Schedule
  • Four phases
    • prepare a project proposal (2-3 pages double-spaced) for review;
    • provide an on-line handout for the class, which must contain i) subject introduction, ii) web links, and iii) three questions with answers;
    • present your project in the class, and
    • submit a project report (10-15 pages double-spaced) by the end of the semester.
  • Possible peer evaluation by the end of the semester
homepage discussion group
Homepage & Discussion Group
  • Homepage

  • Discussion
  • Schedule:
  • Before or after class in the classroom.
  • Drop by during office hours.
  • Email me at
  • Call 742-1926 during business hours (9:00a-5:00p).
  • All important announcements will be made via e-mail also. You are responsible for checking your e-mail everyday for any communication from the instructor.
civility in the classroom
Civility in the Classroom
  • Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning. In order to assure that all students have an opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from using cellular phones or beepers, eating or drinking in class, making offensive remarks, reading newspapers, sleeping or engaging in any other form of distraction. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result in, minimally, a request to leave class.

-- Deanof CoBA

disabling conditions
Disabling Conditions
  • Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from the Disabled Students Services, Dean of Students Office. No requirements exist that accommodations be made prior to completion of this approved University process
important dates
Important Dates
  • 9/5 - Form project group
  • 9/12 - Choose project topic
  • 9/19 - Group homepage due
  • 9/26 - Project proposal due
  • 10/10 - Exam 1
  • 11/21 - Exam 2
  • 11/30 - Project report due
what you need to do now
What You Need to Do Now
  • Sign up to the class at:

  • Form your project group by September 5.
  • Choose your project topic. The deadline is September 12.
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What You Need to Do Now
  • Sign up to the class at:

  • Form your project group by September 5.
  • Choose your project topic. The deadline is September 12.