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MIS 483: Networks and Data Communications
FALL 2012, Course Schedule #: 21921
Class Hours: MW 2:00-3:15 pm, Classroom: GMCS-306
Instructor: BongSik Shin, Ph.D
Office: SS-3118, Phone: 619-594-2133, email: [email protected]
Office Hours: M: 3:15 -4:30 pm, T: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm or by appointment
GENERAL BSBA GOALS & LEARNING OUTCOMES
BSBA students will graduate being:
 Effective Communicators
 Critical Thinkers
 Able to Analyze Ethical Problems
 Global in their perspective
 Knowledgeable about the essentials of business
This class contributes to these goals through following student learning outcomes:
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Comprehend and explain general networking terminologies.
Understand software and hardware elements necessary to implement a network.
Explain internetworking, transmission media, and network protocols.
Discuss and compare major network standards for LAN and WAN and their technical
differences.
Develop preliminary competence to design, analyze, and implement small-scale
networks.
Articulate general approaches available to implement security measures on a
computer network.
Discuss standard architectures, layers, and key protocols of each layer.
Explain the Internet architecture.
COURSE DESIGN
To effectively realize the learning outcomes, this course relies on various pedagogical
approaches: reading assignments and ad hoc quizzes, classroom lectures and discussions, and
hands-on assignments. The reading assignment is an important self-learning tool and the
classroom lecture is designed to supplement the reading assignment by clarifying and
elaborating challenging concepts.
This is an introduction course on networking and therefore during the lecture I will be
assuming that students do not have much background in networking. Those with significant
experience in computer networking are encouraged to consult the instructor for possible
course substitution.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK
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Required: “Principles of Computer Networks and Network Security: Practice
Orientation” by Bongsik Shin, Montezuma Publishing.
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References: There are useful Internet sources that can help growing knowledge base.
They can be especially beneficial when the textbook lacks explanation.
YouTube
Wikipedia
Techencyclopedia
Whatis.com
Howstuffworks.com
Webopedia
Protocols.com
http://www.youtube.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://www.techweb.com/encyclopedia/
http://whatis.techtarget.com/
http://www.howstuffworks.com/
http://www.webopedia.com/
http://www.protocols.com/
GENERAL CLASS POLICY
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Although not the part of course grading, attendance is important to earn a high grade.
Computer networking is a difficult subject and students should make much effort to meet
the challenges.
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Course information including the syllabus, hands-on assignments, and exam/quiz scores
will be updated on Blackboard. Students are required to check Blackboard on a regular
basis to be informed of updates, especially test and assignment scores. All students
should turn off their cell phones and laptop computers during the class. Anyone using a
laptop during the class without the instructor’s permission will be asked to leave the
class.
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Please be punctual. Being late is a disrespectful behavior to the instructor and classmates.
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Students caught giving or receiving assistance to/from another student(s) during an exam
will be asked to leave and will receive an F for the course, PERIOD. Every case will be
reported to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities for a possible disciplinary
action. Visit http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/srr/index.html for more information on academic
dishonesty.
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As for individual assignments, students can work together to resolve challenging issues.
However, collaboration must not extend to the preparation of the report. Similarity in
writing will be regarded as an evidence of excessive collaboration and be dealt with
according to the University rules of academic dishonesty. Copying somebody else’s work
is never acceptable.
TESTING AND GRADING
Tests
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There are three exams. All exams must be taken at their scheduled time and at the course
venue. No early or late examinations unless a student experiences an emergency
situation.
Test questions are based on the assigned textbook chapters and lectures.
Exams are generally not cumulative. However, the instructor may include previous
chapters as necessary.
Test questions will be multiple-choices and students are required to bring a Scantron
(Form 882-E).
Each test is 100 points. Warning: Tests are not easy. You should invest enough time and
efforts to thoroughly review covered chapters to receive good scores. Based on the past
experience, the class average is between 60 and 65.
Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should contact the instructor
during the first week of the semester.
Individual extra-credit opportunities will not be provided.
Hands-on Assignments
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Multiple hands-on assignments are planned throughout the semester and some will rely
on a networking simulation program. The program will be posted on Blackboard for
downloading.
Students should start working on each assignment early rather than waiting until the last
moment because there will be unexpected problems. Sending a frantic SOS email
seeking help at the last moment is not appreciated.
No make-up opportunity will be given for a missed assignment.
All assignments that need a written report should be submitted at the beginning of a class.
All written reports should be done with professional quality (refer to the Written
Communication Rubric). Unstapled reports are not accepted.
Reading Assignment & Quiz
At the beginning of a class, there will be an ad hoc quiz to decide class preparedness (see the
class schedule below). There are numerous technical concepts in the networking field and
there is simply not enough time to cover them all in the class. To make up the gap, students
should read assigned sections in advance and digest them to prepare for class discussions. In
preparing for the quiz:
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The assigned portion of the textbook should be read meticulously. Reading it once
will not be enough to grasp the content and to prepare for the planned quiz.
Each quiz with 3-4 questions uses the multiple-choice format. Many of them will ask
the identification of either a correct or an incorrect statement.
Quiz scores will be continuously updated on Blackboard and you are responsible to
report any discrepancies immediately. At the end of the semester, two lowest scores
will be dropped from counting.
Quiz questions are designed to assess a student’s readiness to participate in the class.
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Students should bring a Scantron (Form No 815-E) to the class.
Final Grading
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There will be no official letter grading for mid-term tests. The letter grade will be decided
only once after the final exam, based on the combined scores of tests, assignments, and
quizzes. That means every scoring opportunity is equally important!
The posting of final grades on the university system will be notified via email. Appeal for
grading should be done within a week of the posted date.
The final grade will be based on three in-class exams, quizzes, and hands-on assignments.
Their weights are shown below (hands-on scores are approximation). The weights
slightly vary depending on the number of hands-on assignments and quizzes.
Sources
Midterm #1
Midterm #2
Final test
Quizzes
Hands-on assignments
Total
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Scores
100
100
100
80+
100+
480+
Note
points
points
points
points Two lowest scores are dropped
points
Final grades are curved according to the following approximation:
A A- B+
B
BC+
C
C- D+, D, D5% 7% 8% 11% 13% 15% 19% 13% 9%
CLASS SCHEDULE/READING ASSIGNMENTS
The weekly progress may vary and certain topics may be started before or after the scheduled
date. The date of each quiz/reading assignment can be changed accordingly. All scheduled tests,
however, are held on the date specified.
Week
8/27
8/29
9/3
9/5
9/10
9/12
9/17
9/19
9/24
9/26
Introduction to the course
Chapter 1: Fundamental Elements
Holiday
Chapter 1: Fundamental Elements
Chapter 2: Architectures and Standards
Chapter 2: Architectures and Standards
Chapter 2: Architectures and Standards
Chapter 3: Networking Devices
Chapter 3: Networking Devices
Chapter 3: Networking Devices
Reading Assignments
Class Exercise
pp. 1-15 (up to 1.5)
1-2
pp. 15-32
pp. 36-42 (up to 2.5.2)
pp. 44-54
pp. 55-64
pp. 73-82 (up to 3.5.3)
pp. 82-93 (up to 3.7)
pp. 93-103
1-6, 1-9
2-1, 2-2
2-3
2-6, 2-7
3-1, 3-2
3-3, 3-4, 3-5
3-6, 3-7, 3-8
4
10/1
Midterm test 1
10/3
10/8
10/10
10/15
10/17
10/22
10/24
10/29
10/31
Chapter 4: Elements of Data Transmission
Chapter 4: Elements of Data Transmission
Chapter 4: Elements of Data Transmission
Chapter 5: IP Address
Chapter 5: IP Address
Chapter 5: IP Address
Chapter 7: Ethernet (IEEE 802.3)
Chapter 7: Ethernet (IEEE 802.3)
Chapter 7: Ethernet (IEEE 802.3)
pp. 108-118
4-1, 4-2
pp. 119-129 (up to 4.3.1)
4-5
pp. 130-141
4-6
pp. 146-156
5-2(1), 5-4
pp. 157-166 (up to 5.8.2)
5-6, 5-7
pp. 166-176
5-9, 5-10
pp. 211-222 (up to mini-case) 7-2
pp. 222-234
7-4, 7-6, 7-7
pp. 235-246
7-8, 7-9, 7-11
11/ 5 Midterm test 2
11/7
11/12
11/14
11/19
11/21
11/26
11/28
12/3
12/5
Chapter 8: Wireless LAN
Chapter 8: Wireless LAN
Chapter 10: Internet
Chapter 10: Internet
Chapter 11: Network Security
Chapter 11: Network Security
Chapter 12: Network Security
Chapter 12: Network Security
Reserved
pp. 250-263 (up to 8.6)
pp. 263-277
pp. 316-331
pp. 332-347
pp. 351-360 (up to 11.6)
pp. 360-370
pp. 374-382 (up to 12.4)
pp. 382-396
8-3
10-2, 10-4
11-3
12-1
12/12 Final Exam (13:00 – 15:00)
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