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CECS 5460/4550

Computer Networks for Educational Environments

Fall 2004

Schedule of Topics


August 30th - September 10 (Course Introduction)

    Class Meeting September 2

  • Course Review (syllabus overview and comments)
  • What we will be covering in the course
  • Selecting Project Teams


September 13 - Septmber 24 (Network Introduction)

    Class Meeting September 16

  • Reading:
    • Section 1 (pp. 3-14),
      Section 2 (pp. 23-34)

    Topic Overheads (pdf)

  • Introduction to Educational Networking
  • Analog vs Digital Communications
  • Network Delay, Signal Propagation

  • Installing Linux for the network server
  • Linux Quick Ref Guide


September 27 - October 8 (Network Technology Part 1)

    Class Meeting September 30

  • Reading:
    • Section 3 (pp. 99-119),
      Section 4 (pp. 155-211),
      Section 2 (pp. 42-45, 61-69, 74-83),
      Section 3 (pp. 135-144, 148-152),
      Section 5 (pp. 215-272)

    Topic Overheads (pdf)

  • Networking and Network Infrastructres (Topologies)
  • TCP/IP (Internet)
  • Means of connecting to the Internet (DSL, Cablemodem, Dial-up, etc)
  • Bandwidth and Throughput
  • Network Service Types with associated Bandwidths
  • Internet Services and how they effect your LAN

  • Creating a Basic Web Site with Apache

  • Assignment 1 Due - Server


October 11 - October 22 (Network Technology Part 2)

    Class Meeting October 14

  • Reading:
    • Section 6 (pp. 312-315, 336-342),
      Section 7 (pp. 345-369, 376-422),
      Section 8 (pp. 425-454, 471-475)

  • Breaking down the Internt -- from LAN to WAN (hubs, switches, routers)

  • Assignment 2 Due - Web Server and Pages

  • Midterm Exam


October 25 - November 5 (Network Management and Security)

    Class Meeting October 28

  • Reading:
    • Section 6 (pp. 315-335),
      Section 9 (pp. 479-491, 496-504),
      Section 10 (pp. 525-616),
      Section 7 (pp. 366-369),
      Section 6 (pp. 275-299),

  • Managing Disks & Files, RAID, Data Backup & Recovery
  • Basic Server Security
  • Firewalls and Protecting your LAN
  • Diaster Recovery
  • Planning and Designing a Network
  • Print Servers

  • Cabling
  • Cable Bandwidths and Distances

  • Assignment 3 Due - Network System and Diagram


November 8 - November 19 (Wireless)

    Class Meeting November 11

  • Reading:
    • Section 2 (pp 87 - 96),
      Section 6 (pp. 299-311),
      Section 8 (pp. 467-471),

    Wireless Overheads (pdf)
    Cable Overheads (pdf)

  • Wireless Networking

  • Build Ethernet Patch Cable in Class

  • Assignment 4 Due - Cable and Network Management


November 22 - December 2

    Class Meeting December 2

  • Configure Wireless Laptops
  • Advanced Topic (TBD)
  • Final Exam Review

  • Assignment 5 Due - Wireless


FINAL EXAM DUE ON December 11, Midnight

    No Class Meeting