A Connected World

CECS 5400.001

Spring 1998

Title:CECS 5400 (5250.001)-Educational Telecommunications

Instructor:Dr. Gerald Knezek


  1. Shay, William A. Understanding Data Communications and Networks, PWS, 1995. (optional)
  2. Azarmsa, Reza. Telecommunications: A Handbook for Educators. New York & London: Garland Publishing Co, 1993. (optional)
  3. MacCaulay, David. The Way Things Work, Houghton Mifflin, 1988 (required).
    Notes on Texts: The Azarmsa book is at a lower level of content which is adequate for this course (including exams), when supplemented with handouts which will be given to all in class. The Shay book is good technical reference for those who may want to study beyond the introductory level of this course, or for those who wish to have a nice telecommunications reference book to keep on their shelf. Most of the material in this book will be addressed at a very introductory level in class, or perhaps not touched on at all. Each student should choose whichever book best suits his/her goals and learning style. It should not be necessary to buy both.


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This course has two areas of focus:

  1. Exploring currently-emerging trends in telecommunications which appear to be destined to become integrated into the field of education in the future, and
  2. Acquiring hands-on experience with telecommunications systems.

All are expected to participate in discussions in person or via Email, learn to access at least one computer-based communication system, one information retrieval system,one audio-conferencing system, and one video-based telecommunications system.There will be two examinations. Those scoring at least 90% on the first exam may elect to complete a special topic presentation and research paper instead of taking the second exam.

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:
Exam 1 20 points
Exam 2 20 points
7 Assignments 50 points
Participation 10 points
Total 100 points
>=90 A Top 10% A
>=80<90 B Next 20% B
>=70<80 C Next 40% C
>=60<70 D Next 20% D
<=59 F Last 10% F
Class Attendance:
Attendance is also required for the first class, the mid-term exam, and the final exam (or advanced topic presentation if scoring 90% or greater on the mid-term and electing the advanced topic option).

Cheating and disciplinary action is defined by the UNT Policy Manual Code of 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."

"Academic dishonesty matters may first be considered by the faculty member who may assign penalties such as failing, reduction or changing of a grade in a test, course, assignment, or other academic work, denial of a degree and/or performing additional academic work not required of other students' in the course. If the student does not accept the decision of the faculty member, he/she may have his/her case heard by the academic department chairperson or head for review of his/her case. If the student does not accept the decision of the academic department chairperson, he/she may then follow the normal appeal procedures listed in Disciplinary Procedures."

Statement on Discrimination:
It is the policy of the University of North Texas not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era status in its educational programs,activities, admissions or employment policies. Questions or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Office, (817) 565-2456. TDD access is available through Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2989 (TDD Callers). The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans With Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. The University of North Texas provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. For assistance call 817-565-2456.TDD accesses available through Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2989 (TDD Callers).Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations. ADA/EEO/AA

Meeting Information:
The class will meet in Matthews Hall Room 322F.

Office Hours:
1-3 pm Wednesday by appointment and 3:00-5 Friday; also 1/2 hour after class;
Matthews Hall Room 316H, Voice (817) 565-4195
E-Mail - gknezek@jove.acs.unt.edu

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Feb 98