Telecommunications and Coordination Technologies: Syllabus

Information Systems Department, Stern School of Business, NYU

Prof. Arthur Goldberg, Computer Science Department, NYU

Fall 2000

C20.0045001, 3 credits

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Room: UC60 Tisch

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Computer Systems (C20.0035) or Prof. Goldberg’s permission

Modification history in 2000: 7/27, 9/5, 9/6, 9/7

Abstract

This course surveys the major components and functions of electronic communications systems, focusing on computer networks and reviewing telephone and cable television networks.  It discusses the major trends and issues relating to network technologies.  Among the specific topics covered are principles and standards of computer communication, the underlying technologies for communication systems, network protocols and network software.

Readings

Required texts:

Douglas E. Comer, Ralph E. Droms, Computer Networks and Internets, Hardcover - 590 pages, 2nd edition (January 1999), Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0130836176. $74.00 plus shipping at www.amazon.com.

Andrew Tanenbaum, Computer Networking, Third Edition, 1996, ISBN 0-13-349945-6. The best technical telecommunications and computer networking text that covers all important topics.  It sells for $55.30.

Assignments

Because networks are highly technical, Telecom is one of the most difficult Information Systems courses.  Therefore, students must do extensive work.  The assignments are listed below.  Due dates may change as the course progresses.
 

Assignment

Due Date

Graded by

Percent

First Midterm

About 10/5

One week later

15

Second Midterm

About 11/2

One week later

15

Final exam

TBD

One week later

30

Class participation

 

Half at midterm, other half at end

15

Problem sets

In syllabus

Within a week of being passed in

25

Course Homepage

http://www.cs.nyu.edu/artg/telecom/fall00/index.html

Lectures

Professor

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Guests

TBD

 

Readings

Magazine Articles

Week

Name

Author

Publication Date

URL Alternate

3

Northern Light

Heidi Brown

17-May-99

article

3

Wireless warrior 

Toni Mack

19-Apr-99

Hardcopy

6

Getting into the Fast Lane 

Scott McCormack

Fall 1999

article

6

Man in the Middle

Geoff Baum, Forbes ASAP

23-Aug-99

Hardcopy

6

The $20 billion crumb

Thomas Easton and Scott Woolley

19-Apr-99

Hardcopy

10

Multimedia Transmissions Are Driving Internet Toward Gridlock

Sara Robinson

8/23/99

New York Times, hardcopy

11

Master of Your Domain 

Scott Woolley 

26-Jul-99

article

14

An Edison for a New Age? 

Dyan Machan

17-May-99

article

Comer Readings and Problem Sets

Assignments to be adjusted to our rate of progress as the course proceeds.  You are responsible for obtaining current syllabus.

 

Week

Date

Topic

Comer sections

Questions in Comer due

From

Through

1

7- Sept

Preface

 

 

 

 

 

1 – Introduction

1.1

1.6

 

 

 

2 – Motivation and Tools

2.1

2.7

 

2

12-Sept

3 – Transmission Media

3.1

3.12

 

 

14-Sept

4 – Local Asynchronous Communication (RS-232)

4.1

4.3

2: 3, 5; 3: 3, 7

ping_gateway use

traceroute to get

round-trip times.

 

 

 

4.5: 1st paragraph

4.5: 3rd paragraph

 

 

 

 

4.7

4.8: 2nd paragraph

 

 

 

 

4.11

 

 

3

19-Sept

5 - Long Distance Communication (Carriers, Modulation, and Modems)

5.1

5.2: 2nd paragraph

 

 

 

 

5.3

5.8

 

 

21-Sept

 

5.10

5.11

Week 3 articles

4

26-Sept

6 - Packets, Frames, and Error Detection

6.1

6.9

4: 2; 5: 2, 4

 

 

 

6.13

6.14

 

 

28-Sept

7 – LAN Technologies and Network Topology

7.1

7.9

 

 

 

 

7.11

7.14

 

5

3-Oct

8 - Hardware Addressing and Frame Type Identification

8.1

8.6

6: 1, 2; 7: 1, 5

 

 

 

8.7

 

 

 

 

 

8.9

8.10

 

 

 

 

8.12

8.13

 

 

5-Oct

9 - LAN Wiring, Physical Topology, and Interface Hardware

9.1

9.4

Midterm on chapters

3 and 5

 

 

 

9.7

9.13

 

6

10- Oct

11 - Long Distance Digital Connection Technologies 

11.1

11.7

8: 4, 10

 

 

 

11.9

11.10

 

 

12-Oct

 

11.13

11.19

Week 6 articles

 

 

 

11.22

 

 

7

17-Oct

12 - WAN Technologies and Routing

12.1

12.12

11: 2, 4, 8, 9

 

 

 

12.13

 

 

 

 

 

12.17

12.18

 

 

19-Oct

TBD

13.1

13.4

 

 

 

 

13.6

 

 

 

 

 

13.8

13.9

 

8

24-Oct

Guest lecture: TBD

 

 

 

 

 

26-Oct

13 - Network Ownership, Service Paradigm, and Performance

 

 

 

12: 2, 9

9

31- Oct

14 - Protocols and Layering

14.1

14.10.3

 

 

 

 

14.12

 

 

 

2-Nov

15 - Internetworking: Concepts, Architecture, and Protocols

15.1

15.14

Midterm

10

7-Nov

TBD

 

 

13: 3, 4, 6

 

9-Nov

15 – Rest Of Internetworking: Concepts, Architecture, and Protocols;16 - IP: Internet Protocol Addresses

16.1

16.5

 

 

 

 

16.7

16.13

 

 

 

 

16.15

16.17

 

11

14-Nov

18 - IP Datagrams and Datagram Forwarding

18.1

18.11

14: 4

 

 

22 – TCP: Reliable Transport Service

22.1

22.9

 

 

 

 

22.13

22.14

 

 

16-Nov

23 - Client-Server Interaction

23.1

23.14

 

 

 

 

23.17

 

 

 

 

 

23.19

 

 

12

21-Nov

26 - Naming with the Domain Name System

26.1

26.11

18: 7, 8, 10; 22: 3, 6, 7; 23: 4

 

 

 

26.16

 

 

 

23-Nov

Thanksgiving: No class

 

 

 

 

13

28-Nov

27 - Electronic Mail Representation and Transfer

27.1

27.17

26: 1, 7, 14

 

30-Nov

29 - World Wide Web Pages and Browsing

29.12

29.17

27: 3, 6, 7

14

5-Dec

Guest lecture: TBD

 

 

 

 

7-Dec

34 - Network Security

34.1

34.12

29: 1, 2, 7 

 

12- Dec

TBD

 

 

 

 

13-Dec

Note special last class on WEDNESDAY: TBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34: 2, 3 

 

TBD

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM

Communications

Email: artg@cs.nyu.edu.

Phone: 998-3014

Home page: www.cs.nyu.edu/cs/faculty/artg

Office: 715 Broadway (across from McDonald’s), Room 711, Computer Science Department

Office hour: Thursdays 1 to 2 (advanced notification advisable), or by appointment

Secretary: Lourdes Santana, 998-3026, santana@cims.nyu.edu

Email beacon:  The email beacon, or mail forwarder, enables anyone (usually Prof. Goldberg), to broadcast email to the professor and all students in the class.  It will be used for important announcements.  You must register with the email beacon.  To receive these email broadcasts send an email to 

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Please read email every couple of days to keep up.

Class participation

Please speak up in class, and help me get to know you.  I will make a seating chart and urge you to sit in the same place regularly so I can help identify you.  Remember, class participation is 15% of the grade.

Problem sets

The syllabus indicates a set of problems from Comer associated with most lectures.  Some lectures have supplemental problems.  We’ll correct them within a week, usually.

Grades for late problem sets will be penalized twenty percent per week, pro rated.

Intellectual Property Rules for Problem Sets

At least half of each answer must be written in your own words.

Text which is copied from any source must appear in quotes with as full a reference to the source as possible.  For a book or magazine article provide as many of the following as possible: author, title, article title, date, publisher and page.  For a Web page provide URL, date, title, author.  If you work on your homework with someone else, put down his or her name(s).

No credit will be awarded for answers containing copying without attribution.  Repeated copying without attribution will result in more serious penalties, including failing the course.

Other Problem Set Grading Rules

Often, handwriting is hard to read.  Unless your handwriting is very neat, please write in UPPERCASE, or better yet, type your answers.  Naturally, diagrams can be drawn.  Illegible homework receives no credit.

Please show your reasoning in responding to questions.  I cannot give partial credit and/or help you learn where you might go wrong if you only provide a number for the answer.  Look at my answers—they all show my reasoning.

If you encounter trouble doing your homework, or any other trouble with the course, please let me know so I can try to fix the problem.  It’s much better to call or email and say “I can’t do this problem, please help” than to just pass in answers which say “this problem cannot be done”.