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Course Description - CMSC 417, Spring 2000, Section 0101

Computer networks and architecture. The OSI model including discussion and examples of various network layers. A general introduction to existing network protocols, with focus on the Internet.

Tentative Topics Covered
  • Introduction to data communication
  • Internetworking
  • Transport protocols
  • Applications
  • Local area networks
  • Broadcast and multicast
  • Error detection and correction

4-8 homework assignments consisting of problems.

A major programming project to be writeen in C or C++. It will be submitted incrementally as specified in the project handout.

Two examinations, a midterm and a final, will be given. The dates of the examinations will be posted on the class web page. Any schedule conflicts involving exam dates must be reported to Dr. Golubchik within one week of the announcement of the exam date.

Grading (Tentative)
  • Homeworks   10%
  • Projects     40%
  • Midterm     20%
  • Final     30%
The weights are approximate and may change by upto 5%. The instructor reserves the right to fail, regardless of overall numeric score, students who do not submit a good faith attempt to complete all programming assignments.
  • J. Kurose and K. RossComputer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, Addison-Wesley, preliminary edition. ISBN 0-201-61274-7.

Late Policy
Unless specified otherwise on a particular assignment, the late policy is as follows: 50% off for being 1-24 hours late; 75% off for being 25-48 hours late; 100% off for being more than 48 hours late. If you are unable to complete a homework or a programming assignment due to illness or family emergency, please see Dr. Golubchik as soon as possible to make special arrangements.

Regrading Policy
All requests to change grading of homework, programming projects, or exams must be submitted in writing (typed) within one week of when the assignment was made available for pickup. Requests must be specific and explain why you feel your answer deserves additional credit. A request to re-grade an assignment can result in the entire assignment being re-evaluated and as a result the score of any part of the assignment be increased or lowered as appropriate.

Academic Integrity
All work that you submit in this course must be your own. See the Undergraduate Catalog for definitions and sanctions. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense which may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. In addition to any other action taken, the grade "XF" denoting "failure due to academic dishonesty" will normally be recorded on the transcript of students found responsible for acts of academic dishonesty. Sharing of code on programming assignments or solutions of homework assignments are forms of academic dishonesty.

Class Newsgroup
The class newsgroup is csd.cmsc417 on the newsserver. This will be used for announcements and discussions.

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