COURSE OUTLINE

W5904, ITM420 Data Communications, Internet & Local Area Network Networks

Tuesday/Thursday (5:30PM – 10PM)

August 3-August 28, 2004

Instructor: Victor E. Dike

National University (Sacramento Campus)

E-mail: victor.dike@natuniv.edu; Vdike@cwnet.com

Cell Phone: (916) 267-5868

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers the network management principles, practices and technologies for managing networks, systems, applications and services. Review of the latest computer network technologies, such as ATM, Gigabit, Ethernet and FiberOptic connections. Build on LAN basics from ITM 410, including how to implement LAN solutions such as FDDI, Fiber Channel and Gigabit Ethernet and WAN technology, such as Switched Multi-Megabit Data Service and Frame Relay. Also covers integrated high-performance router and switch technologies.

 
LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The overall purpose of this course is to introduce students to LAN, MAN, and WAN technologies. The students will be able to describe the hardware organization and operation of LAN, MAN, and WAN in terms of the structure and interaction of their basic functions. Thus, upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1). Demonstrate knowledge of distributed enterprise systems and their impact on Information Technology Industry;

2). Identify Hardware and Software components of Applied Data Communications;

3). Familiarize with ATM, DSL, Gigabit Ethernet and other High Speed Technologies;

4). Assess the elements of the Network Development life cycle.

 
REQUIRED TEXTS:

Broadband Telecommunications (2nd Ed.) - ISBN: 0-07-139851-1; McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2002

By Regis J. "Bud" Bates

 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Students are expected to attend all class sessions, participate in all class activities, complete exams as scheduled, and turn in all assignments on time. Failure to do so may result in the loss of points. Students are also required to read their text materials in relation to relevant materials from professional periodic publications.
 
INSTRUCTION METHOD:
Teaching method includes lectures, class discussions, handouts, research paper, and a presentation.
 
CLASS POLICIES AND ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

1) Electronic Devices in Class Policy

Cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities.

2) Cheating Policy

Students are expected to uphold the school’s standard of conduct relating to academic honesty. Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student’s submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be his or her own work.

3) Do all of your assignments to the best of your ability and ask questions if you get confused; bring in an attitude to learn and participate in class discussion.

 
EVALUATION:

Your final grade in this course will be based on the following:

1) Midterm: 24 points; and 2) Final Exam: 26 points

Homework (2): 15 points

Research paper: 15 points (5-10 pages, double space);

Research References: Use MLR (Modern Language Ref) or APR (American Psychological Ref);

Presentation: [10 points]; and Class participation: [10 points] **Note: you have to attend all class sessions to earn this point.

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TOTAL POINTS: 100

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GRADES AND POINTS

A (4.0) = 95 - 100; A- (3.7) = 89 - 94

B+ (3.3) = 86 - 88; B (3.0) = 83 - 85; B- (2.7) = 79 - 82

C+ (2.3) =77 - 78; C (2.0) = 73 - 75; C- (1.7) = 69 - 72

D+ (1.3) = 66 - 68; D (1.0) = 63 - 65; D- (0.7) = 60 - 62

F (0.0) = 00 – 59

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A = Exceptional. B = Above Average. C = Average. D = Below Average. F = Failure.

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CLASS SCHEDULE (Tuesday/Thursday):

Day

Date

Topic/Class Activity

1. (Tues)

8/3

Chapter 1: Introduction to Telecommunications Concept;

Chapter 2 Telecommunications Systems; and

Chapter 3: Virtual Private Networks

2. (Thurs)

*Homework (1)

8/5

Chapter 10: Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)

Chapter 28:The T Carrier Systems (T-1/T-2 and T-3)

3. (Tues) * Review

8/10

Chapter 4: Data Virtual Private Networks;

Chapter 11: Frame Relay; and

Chapter 16: XDSL

4. (Thurs)

*Mid-term Test

8/12

Chapter 12: Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM);

Chapter 13: ATM and Frame Relay Internetworking

5 (Tues)

8/17

Chapter 29: Synchronous Optical Network (SONET);

Chapter 30: Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH); and

Chapter 31: Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM)

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6. (Thurs)
    *Homework (2)

8/19

Chapter 23: Wireless Data Communication (Mobile IP)

Chapter 26: Satellite Communications Networking

7. *(Sat)*

8/21

Chapter 32: TCP/IP and the Internet Protocol

Chapter 35: Intranets and Extranets

8. (Tues)

8/24

Chapter 33: Voice Over IP (VoIP); DSL

Chapter 36: Network Management SNMP, and DSL (Chapter 16 cont.)

9. (Thurs)

8/26

**a) Presentations and Research Paper; b) Final Review

10 *(Sat)*

8/28

Final Test (8:00 AM)

* Saturday Class

*8/21 (8:00-12:30)

*8/28 (8:00-12:30)

**Presentation time limit (10-15 minutes)