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CECS 5460/4550

Computer Networks for Educational Environments

Summer 2005

Schedule of Topics


Week of June 6
(Course Introduction, Network Introduction)

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

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

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

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


Week of June 13
(Network Technology Part 1)
  • 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)

  • 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


Week of June 20
(Network Technology Part 2, Network Management and Security)

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

  • Breaking down the Internt -- from LAN to WAN (hubs, switches, routers)
  • Managing Disks & Files, RAID, Data Backup & Recovery
  • Basic Server Security
  • Firewalls and Protecting your LAN
  • Diaster Recovery
  • Planning and Designing a Network
  • Cabling
  • Cable Bandwidths and Distances


    Week of June 27

    • Midterm Exam


    Week of July 5
    (Wireless)
    • Reading:
      • Section 2 (pp 87 - 96),
        Section 6 (pp. 299-311),
        Section 8 (pp. 467-471),

    • Wireless Networking

    • Build Ethernet Patch Cable in Class

    • Final Exam Review


    FINAL EXAM DUE ON July 7, Midnight (11:59pm)

      No Class Meeting