About CS2105

Aims and Objectives

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to computer networks and some appreciations of network application programming. It covers a range of topics including basic data communication and computer network concepts, protocols, networked computing concepts and principles, network applications development and network security. The emphasis of teaching is on the working principles and application of computer networks. As an integral part of the course, tutorials, DIY handouts and practical assignments enforcing learning will also be given. These assignments provide an early exposure in network application programming and they should be able to complete by using personal computers and school’s network facilities.

Who, When, and Where

Instructor: Ooi Wei Tsang
Time: Mon, 1400 – 1600
Venue: LT15

Average Weekly Workload

  • 2 hours Lecture
  • 1 hour Tutorial
  • 3 hours DIY Practicals and Assignments
  • 4 hours of Preparatory Work

Assessment Criteria

  • 50% Final Exam
  • 20% Midterm
  • 30% Assignments

Tentative Schedule (updated 10 Jan 2014)

  1. 13/01: Introduction to Computer Networking
  2. 20/01: Application Layer: HTTP and DNS
  3. 27/01: Socket Programming (Assignment 1 Release)
  4. 03/02: Transport Layer: Reliable Protocol Design
  5. 10/02: Transport Layer: TCP, UDP
  6. 17/02: Network Layer: DHCP, IP, ARP (Assignment 1 Due)
  7. 24/02: Recess Week
  8. 03/03: Network Layer: Routing (Assignment 2 Release)
  9. 10/03: Midterm Test
  10. 17/03: Network Security
  11. 24/03: Link Layer: Multiple Access Protocols, Ethernet(Assignment 2 Due, Assignment 3 Release)
  12. 31/03: Link Layer: Multiplexing, Switching
  13. 07/04: Physical Layer: Signaling
  14. 14/04: Physical Layer: Modulation (Assignment 3 Due)


Required Textbook:
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (International Edition), 6/E
James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
ISBN-13: 9780273768968
Publisher: Pearson
Published: 2012

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