RYERSON UNIVERSITY

Course Outline (F2019)

COE768: Computer Networks

Instructor(s)Bobby Ma [Coordinator]
Office: ENG449
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 7929
Email: bma@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4 pm
Calendar DescriptionThis is an introductory course in computer networks. In particular, it concentrates on the Internet technology. It first introduces the OSI and TCP/IP network architecture models. It then studies the implementation principles and design issues at each layer of these models. Lecture topics include: OSI and TCP/IP models, data transmission basics, data-link protocols, local area networks, wide-area networks, Internet structures, TCP/IP protocol suite, and application Layer protocols. Laboratory work focuses on the implementation of stop-and-wait protocol based on the BSD socket. In addition, students will gain practical experience by building and studying a physical network using network devices such as switches and routers.
Prerequisites(COE 538 or ELE 538) and ELE 635
Antirequisites

None

Corerequisites

None

Compulsory Text(s):
  1. "Computer Networks", 5th edition, by Tanenbaum and Wetherall, Prentice Hall, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0- 13-212695- 3
Reference Text(s):
Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Uses analytical models to predict and control and networking components and processes behaviors. (1b)
  2. Uses engineering knowledge to solve real world open-ended engineering problems. Uses the specialized core engineering knowledge in the field of computer networks to understand and design a various types of communication links and networks. (1c)
  3. Uses the specialized core engineering knowledge in the field of computer networks to understand and design a various types of communication links and networks. (1d)
  4. Generate solutions for complex engineering design problems. (4b)
  5. Demonstrates iterative design process in complex engineering projects. (4c)
  6. Writes and revises documents using appropriate discipline specific conventions. (7a)
  7. Demonstrates confidence in oral communications and explains and interprets results clearly. (7b)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
2.0 hours of lab/tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsTBA
Course Evaluation
Theory
Midterm Exam 25 %
Final Exam 50 %
Laboratory
Lab Project 13 %
Lab Assignments 12 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course with "Theory and Laboratory" components, in addition to earning a minimum overall course mark of 50%, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section for details on the Theory and Laboratory components.


ExaminationsMidterm exam, week 9, two hours, open book.
 Final exam, during exam period, three hours, open-book.
Other Evaluation InformationProject Demonstration and Report
 Lab assignments
Other InformationNone

Course Content

Week

Hours

Chapters /
Section

Topic, description

1

3

1

Introduction: OSI and TCP/IP layer architecture models
 


2

3

3.1 and 3.2

Framing Error Detection Coding Error-Control service
 


3

3

3.1 3.3 3.4

Error Control Protocols: Stop-and-Wait Protocol
 Go-back-n Protocol


4

3

3.4 3.5

Selective Repeat Protocol HDLC PPP


5

3

4.2 and 4.3

Local Area Networks (LANs): CSMA/CD Ethernet


6

3

4.3 and 4.8

LAN Switching and Spanning Tree Protocol


7

1

4.8

Virtual LAN


8

3

4.4

Wireless LAN


9

3

5.1

Wide-Area Networks


10

3

5.5

Internetworking and IPv4


11

3

5.6

IP addressing subnetting and supernetting


12

3

5.6 and 7.1

IP related protocols: ARP ICMP DNS IPv6


13

3

6.1 and 6.2

The Transport Layer: TCP and UDP


Laboratory/Tutorials/Activity Schedule

Week

Lab

Description

2

ENG412

Study of the layer architecture: Traffic analysis using Wireshark.

3

ENG412

Study of Client Server Model: Setting up various server applications.

4

ENG412

Berkeley Socket Programming: Implementing a File-Download application
 based on TCP.

5

ENG412

Implementing a File-Download application based on UDP.

6-10

ENG412

Project: Implementing a File-Transfer Application.

11-13

ENG412

Implementing a small internet: Configuring router and switches Analyzing
 the routing and MAC tables.

Policies & Important Information:

  1. Students are required to obtain and maintain a Ryerson e-mail account for timely communications between the instructor and the students;
  2. Any changes in the course outline, test dates, marking or evaluation will be discussed in class prior to being implemented;
  3. Assignments, projects, reports and other deadline-bound course assessment components handed in past the due date will receive a mark of ZERO, unless otherwise stated. Marking information will be made available at the time when such course assessment components are announced.
  4. Refer to our Departmental FAQ page for information on common questions and issues at the following link: https://www.ee.ryerson.ca/guides/Student.Academic.FAQ.html.

Missed Classes and/or Evaluations

When possible, students are required to inform their instructors of any situation which arises during the semester which may have an adverse effect upon their academic performance, and must request any consideration and accommodation according to the relevant policies as far in advance as possible. Failure to do so may jeopardize any academic appeals.

  1. Health certificates - If a student misses the deadline for submitting an assignment, or the date of an exam or other evaluation component for health reasons, they should notify their instructor as soon as possible, and submit a Ryerson Student Health Certificate AND an Academic Consideration Request form within 3 working days of the missed date. Both documents are available at https://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/medical.pdf.. If you are a full-time or part-time degree student, then you submit your forms to your own program department or school;
  2. Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual observance - If a student needs accommodation because of religious, Aboriginal or spiritual observance, they must submit a Request for Accommodation of Student Religious, Aboriginal and Spiritual Observance AND an Academic Consideration Request form within the first 2 weeks of the class or, for a final examination, within 2 weeks of the posting of the examination schedule. If the requested absence occurs within the first 2 weeks of classes, or the dates are not known well in advance as they are linked to other conditions, these forms should be submitted with as much lead time as possible in advance of the absence. Both documents are available at www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/relobservforminstr.pdf. If you are a full-time or part-time degree student, then you submit the forms to your own program department or school;
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Ryerson's Policy 60 (the Academic Integrity policy) applies to all students at the University. Forms of academic misconduct include plagiarism, cheating, supplying false information to the University, and other acts. The most common form of academic misconduct is plagiarism - a serious academic offence, with potentially severe penalties and other consequences. It is expected, therefore, that all examinations and work submitted for evaluation and course credit will be the product of each student's individual effort (or an authorized group of students). Submitting the same work for credit to more than one course, without instructor approval, can also be considered a form of plagiarism.

Suspicions of academic misconduct may be referred to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO). Students who are found to have committed academic misconduct will have a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record (not on their transcript) and will normally be assigned one or more of the following penalties:

  1. A grade reduction for the work, ranging up to an including a zero on the work (minimum penalty for graduate work is a zero on the work);
  2. A grade reduction in the course greater than a zero on the work. (Note that this penalty can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less, and any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade. Students must be given prior notice that such a penalty will be assigned (e.g. in the course outline or on the assignment handout);
  3. An F in the course;
  4. More serious penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

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  1. Slides
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  3. Presentation materials used in and outside of class
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  5. Course packs
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