CSC 344 - Computer Networks
Course Syllabus - Spring 2019

TR 9:30-10:45am, CI 2003
TR 11:00-12:15pm, CI 2003


Dr. Ron Vetter

The instructor is available by email (, by telephone (910-538-3523), during office hours (TR 1:00-2:00pm CIS 2033), and by appointment.

Student Resources Required:

Textbook - Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Kurose and Ross, ISBN 0-13-359414-9, 7th Edition, Pearson, 2017.

Computing Conversations - Video Series on YouTube of computing pioneers.

Course Description:

The theory and application of inter-computer communications. Local-area and wide-area networks; data transmission and error correction; OSI and TCP/IP layering protocols; Ethernet, token ring, token bus, and other network technologies; network topologies; the client-server model; bridges and multi-protocol routers; the Internet. Applications include electronic funds transfer and distributed databases.

Homework Assignments

There will be several homework assignments. All homework must be YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL WORK. Misuse of the computer system (including use of another person's account) is illegal, unethical, and will not be tolerated. Each assignment will have a "due date" and those turned in after the due date will not be accepted (unless excused for reasons beyond the control of the student).

Tests and Grading

You will have two in-class tests. In general, no make up tests will be given; if you miss a test and have a PREARRANGED reason, you may make it up. Final grades will be based on the +/- grading system.

You are expected to attend all lectures. Absence does not relieve you from meeting all course requirements. You are responsible for all reading, assignments, and exams. Keep up with the day-to-day reading requirements of the class.

Exams will be drawn from lectures, readings, and assignments.

Class Format:

The weekly schedule for this course is as follows:

Week 1 (1/15, 1/17)Computer Networks and the InternetChapter 1 (.pdf)
Week 2 (1/22, 1/24)The Application LayerChapter 2 (.pdf)
Week 3 (1/29, 1/31)The Application Layer, con'tChapter 2
Week 4 (2/5, 2/7)The Transport LayerChapter 3 (.pdf)
Week 5 (2/12)The Transport Layer, con'tChapter 3
Week 5 (2/14)Exam 1Exam Topics: Chapter 1, 2, and 3
Week 6 (2/19, 2/21)The Transport Layer, con'tChapter 3 and Animations for GO-BACK-N and SELECTIVE REPEAT
Week 7 (2/26, 2/28)The Network Layer: Data PlaneChapter 4 (.pdf)
Week 8 (3/5, 3/7)The Network Layer: Control PlaneChapter 5 (.pdf)
Week 9 (3/12, 3/14)Spring Break 
Week 10 (3/19, 3/21) The Network Layer: Control Plane, con'tChapter 5
Week 11 (3/26, 3/28) The The Link Layer and LANsChapter 6 (.pdf)
Week 12 (4/2, 4/4) The The Link Layer and LANs, con'tChapter 6
Week 13 (4/9)Exam 2Topics: Chapter 4, 5, and 6
Week 13 (4/11) Wireless and Mobile NetworksChapter 7 (.pdf)
Week 14 (4/16)Wireless and Mobile Networks, con'tChapter 7
Week 14 (4/18)Easter Break 
Week 15 (4/23, 4/25) Security in Computer NetworksChapter 8 (.pdf)
Week 16 (4/30)Security in Computer Networks, con't Chapter 8
Week 16 (5/2) Reading Day 
Finals WeekResearch Paper Due: 8-11am on Tuesday, May 7thGuidelines for Research Paper

Special Needs:

If you have a disability and need reasonable accomodation in this course, you should inform the instructor of this fact in writing within the first week of class or as soon as possible. If you have not already done so, you must register with the Office of Disability Services in Westside Hall and obtain a copy of your Accomodation Letter. You should then meet with your instructor to make mutually agreeable arrangements based on the recommendations of the Accomodation Letter.

Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct:

Students are responsible for submitting their own work. Students who cooperate on oral or written examinations or work without authorization share the responsibility for violation of academic principles, and the students are subject to disciplinary action even when one of the students is not enrolled in the course where the violation occurred.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Go to where you came from!

Page Last Updated March 28, 2019 by Dr. Vetter