CECS 5460/4550

Computer Networks for Educational Environments

Summer 2005




  • Network Tutorial: A Complete Introduction to Networks
    Author: Steve Steinke
    ISBN: 1578203023
    Publisher: C M P Books

  • Optional: How the Internet Works
    Author: Preston Gralla
    ISBN: 0789728733
    Publisher: QUE

  • Optional: Linux Pocket Guide
    Author: Daniel Barrett
    ISBN: 0596006284
    Publisher: O'REILLY


    CECS 5030, Introduction to the Internet. CECS 5420 (web) and 5450 (internet services) can be useful for this course.

Course Description:

  • Study of computer networks used in support of education and training. Includes topics in network topologies, wiring, administration, risk management, and disaster recovery. Special emphasis is placed on the application of network technologies to K-12 educational environments, higher education, and the training environments of business, industry and the military.

Course Requirements:

  • There will be assigned homework problems that will be completed in teams. Each team will build and administer a server box over the course of the semester. Projects will require the team to spend time working together on their server. At first this will require time locally at the computer, but over the course of the semester administration can take place remotely. To plan a minimum of six to nine hours a week of outside preparation is a safe time allocation for successfully completing this course.

Server Space:

  • Each team will be assigned a server. Location of equipment will be discussed in class.

Course Topics and Objectives:

    1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Ethernet networks. Describe the functions of concentrators, switches, and routers in a network.
    2. Install and configure a network operating system on a server.
    3. Explain the design considerations in the design of a network architecture appropriate for an organization such as a school district, community college, or university.
    4. Create users and provide them with a functional network environment.
    5. Install applications software and configure appropriate user access to software.
    6. Describe threats to network security. Identify policies that enhance network security. Demonstrate administrative procedures to safeguard the integrity of network resources.
    7. Integrate web services within the network environment.
    8. Describe available management tools. Explain their role in network management.
    9. Describe available wireless network technology.
    10. Describe methods and techniques for data backup and recovery. Explain why these steps are important.


    The class lectures will cover the assigned reading materials. Selected topics and assigned projects will also be discussed in class. There will be a midterm exam, final exam, and projects during the semester. Points will be awarded as described follows:

    A total of 100 points for the course will be allocated as follows: Letter grades will be the higher grade resulting from the following two standards:
    Mid-Term Exam 20 points
    4 Assignments 60 points
    Final Exam 20 points
    Total100 points

    ATop 10%A
    >=80<90BNext 20%B
    >=70<80CNext 40%C
    >=60<70DNext 20%D
    <=59FLast 10%F

    Late homework will lose 5 points each week it is late. Any assignments not turned in by the last class meeting will be assigned a grade of zero, unless the student has made prior arrangements with the instructor.

    Assignments that fail to function will be assigned a grade of 0. Homework that does function but that outputs incorrect answers for the given data set or does not meet the specification of the assignment will receive 50% of the assignment points.

    Students may elect to correct an assignment and resubmit for a re-grade. A student may resubmit work two times. Resubmitted homework when corrected and functional will count 80% of the original points.

    Students are encouraged to carefully check the logic and the output of their assignments before submitting them for review and grading.

Meeting Information:

    June 6 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 7 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 8 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 13 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 14 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 15 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 20 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 21 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    June 22 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310
    July 5 12:00 - 1:50pm MATT 310

Contact Information:


    E-mail is the best method to contact us, since we check our e-mail multiple times daily. Although we will try to answer e-mail within one day, many students in previous semesters have been able to have their questions answered with very short turn-around times at all hours of the day and night using this procedure. Electronic mail is also an extremely effective system for setting up appointments -- it is frequently possible to set up a meeting on shorter notice than the 24-hour minimum notice that is required when making appointments through the departmental office staff. Students may use our cell phone number's to contact me outside office hours. Please use appropriate discretion at what times you call.

    Dr. Greg Jones

    Office: Matthews Hall 280F

    Office Phone (940) 565-2057
    Cell: (972) 672-0811

    E-Mail: greg@tapr.org

    Office Hours:

      11am-12noon, on class days.

      Office hours are scheduled for each semester.
      Dr. Jones is always available by appointment.

    Class Attendance
    Attendance and punctuality are professional behaviors expected of educators. Educational or Instructional technology is not "doing computer projects" - it is much more. Hence, you need to be in class for discussions and learning activities.

    Due dates, for all assigned materials, will be announced in advance. Changes, on the assignment's requirements or due dates may be announced at later dates, in class, therefore attendance to all classes is necessary. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with these updates and to have all assignments ready on time. If you miss a class, YOU are responsible for what occurred, please make arrangements with classmate for notes, hand outs, etc. Any student, who has to be absent on an assignment's due date, may arrange to have the assignment submitted early.

    You must notify your instructor in advance if any exam is to be missed. If an exam is missed without prior notification, 20% will automatically be deducted from the exam grade. Make-up exams must be taken outside of regularly scheduled class time. Any missed exam must be made up within one week of the scheduled time. Date and time to be determined by the instructor upon student request.

    Academic Ethics:
    Students are expected to create and edit their own assignments and take tests without outside assistance. This is a programming class and it is acceptable to ask for help from others after you have put forth significant effort to debug written code that is not working correctly and when testing your software. However, asking for help in debugging does not mean you have someone rewrite your code. All work is expected to be your own. Cheating and disciplinary action for cheating is defined by the UNT Policy Manual Code for Student Conduct and Discipline. Cheating is an act of academic dishonesty. It is defined and is to be handled as follows:

    "Plagiarism and cheating refer to the use of unauthorized books, notes, or otherwise securing help in a test; copying tests, assignments, reports, or term papers; representing the work of another as one's own; collaborating without authority, with another student during an examination or in preparing academic work; or otherwise practicing scholastic dishonesty."

    Although there are other possibilities, you should expect that the penalty that will be assigned for such infractions will include a failing grade in the course and a recommendation that you be denied a degree. You are expected to conform to all policies of the University of North Texas and work within the honor code.

    As defined by the United States Copyright Act, it is your responsibility to clearly identify all elements in your work that are not ˝original works of authorship.ţ You are expected to strictly obey the provisions of all laws of the United States and the State of Texas in the completion of all course activities, taking particular notice of the provisions of the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 United States Code). This law provides that you may legally use, within certain limitations, certain copyrighted materials in the context of research and scholarship. Do not confuse your ability to legally copy materials under the ˝fair useţ provisions of the Copyright Act with the ability to claim that such a copy is an original work of authorship.

    For more information on academic dishonesty, please refer to your current student catalog.

    Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance:
    The Department of Technology and Cognition complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. This university will adhere to all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to contact the faculty member outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations and/or the Department ADA Representatives: Dr. Bertina Hildreth and Dr. Cathie Norris. Their offices are in Matt 316. You may schedule an appointment by call (940) 565-2057.

    EEO/ADA on Discrimination:
    The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or disabled veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies. In addition to complying with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations, the university through its diversity policy declares harassment based on individual differences (including sexual orientation) inconsistent with its mission and educational goals. Direct questions or concerns to the equal opportunity office, (940) 565-2456, or the dean of students, (940) 565-2648. TDD access is available through Relay Texas: (800) 735-2989. For more information on EEO/ADA, please refer to your current student catalog.