Course Syllabus ECE 562 Data Communication Networks Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Course Syllabus

ECE 562

Data Communication Networks

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

1. Course Number and Name:

ECE 562

Data Communication Networks

2. Credit Units/Contact Hours:


3. Course Coordinator:

Debbie van Alphen

4. Text, References & Software

Recommended Text:

Data Communications and Networking, 4

edition, McGraw
Hill, 2007

Additional References:

Computer Networking, 5

edition, Kurose & Ross, Pearson, 2009



5. Specific Course Inf

a. Course Description

Layered network architectures and the TCP/IP model. Link layer error and flow control
mechanisms. Packet switching. Wired and wireless local and wide area networks. Medium access
control procedures. Internetworking with swit
ches, bridges and routers. Routing algorithms.
Network security.

b. Prerequisite by Topic

Students taking this course should have complete familiarity with the topics
of p
robability theory
(ECE450, Probabilistic Systems in Electrical Engineering
and Analysis)

c. Elective Course

6. Specific Goals for the Course

a. Specific Outcomes of Instructions

After completing this course the students should be able to:


Identify different applications of computer communications networks and understand the

current state of the telecommunications industry


Understand the concept and importance of TCP/IP layered architecture


Understand the functionalities, concepts, standards and technologies involved with voice and
data network services and voice/data integ


Perform link level analysis including error detection, error control and flow control.


Understand circuit & packet switching technologies and their deployments in public networks


Understand how wired and wireless local networks such as Ethernet,

Token rings and Wi
operate and distinguish between different medium access control procedures


Understand the functions and operations of internetworking devices such as hubs, bridges,
routers and gateways


Understand the hierarchy of IP addressing and s


Understand how routing is carried out in large open networking environment and the
operations of major routing protocols such as RIP, OSPF and BGP


Understand how Internet clients and servers are able to communicate with each other across
the Int
ernet and the WWW.


Understand the standard Internet applications protocols such as FTP, SMTP, HTTP, DNS, etc.


Understand basic network security measures such as encryption, signatures and firewalls


Conduct network simulations using OPNET and protocol analy
sis using Wireshark.

b. Relationship to Student Outcomes

This supports the achievement of the following student outcomes:

a. An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering to the analysis of electrical
engineering problems.

b. An

ability to design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, as well as to analyze
and interpret data.

c. An ability to design systems which include hardware and/or software components within
realistic constraints such as cost, manufacturability
, safety and environmental concerns.

e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems.

k. An ability to use modern engineering techniques for analysis and design.

l. Knowledge of probability and statistics.

7. Topics Cov
ered/Course Outline


Basic concepts of networking. Network topologies. The concept of layered architecture
modeling including OSI and the TCP/IP protocol suite. Client
server communications.


Physical layer functionalities including signaling, modulation, mu
ltiplexing, line coding and
synchronization. Transmission media. Network performance measures including throughput,
delays are presented. Data vs. signaling rates, channel bandwidth and capacity.


Link layer functionalities including frame synchronization,
error detection and control
including ARQ, flow control mechanisms including sliding windows.


Circuit, packet and virtual circuit switching technologies


Local area network technologies including ETHERNET, Token Rings. Multiple
schemes such a
s CSMA/CD, CSMA/CA and Token
passing. MAC addressing. Switched vs.
shared ETHERNETs. Performance evaluation, including throughputs and delays,


Internetworking devices including repeaters, bridges, switches, routers and gateways.
Network layer protocols,
including IP, ARP and ICMP. IP addressing schemes. Subnetting


Internet routing including protocols used in the Internet such as RIP, OSPF and BGP.


Transport layer protocols including UDP and TCP. Ports and sockets. TCP connection
establishment. Error, f
low and congestion control in TCP.


Applications layer protocols such as HTTP, FTP, DNS, SMTP, TELNET


Network security measures including encryption, authentication, data integrity and firewalls.

Prepared by:

Ali Zahid and Debbie van Alphen, Profess
ors of Electrical and Computer Engineering, October 2011

Ali Amini, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, March 2013