CS176A: Introduction to Computer Communication Networks
Basic concepts in networking, the OSI model, error detection codes, flow
control, routing, medium access control, and high-speed networks.
- Understand the challenges of network communication.
- Understand the basics of network communication.
- Understand the operation of protocols used in the Internet.
Course Objectives and Department
Because the Internet is such an important part of the
infrastructure, understanding how it works is of benefit to everyone.
Understanding the Internet in detail is especially critical for
Science students. Not only do students learn how communication takes
but the Internet serves as an excellent example of a highly
complex computer system. As a consequence, understanding the Internet
well with the CS
Department's Mission and Program Objectives.
- Lecture Time/Place
- No specific lecture time this quarter!!! (But it was supposed to be Mon & Wed from 2:00pm-3:15pm.)
- Discussion Times/Places
- No specific discussion times this quarter (more on this as we get organized)
Course WWW Site: https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/course/view.php?id=76581.
- Course Material
- [Requred Textbook] J.
Kurose and K. Ross, Computer
Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet",
Addison-Wesley, 7th Edition (May 2016).
- Good descriptive text, but top-down instead of bottom-up.
That's fine, we'll just work in reverse.
- A bit light on detail in some places, so you should
expect to have to occassionaly look elsewhere for more detail.
- The 7th edition is the current version, but in general, earlier versions are probably fine (though, the earlier the version, the less likely it will have all of the new stuff we cover).
- [Optional/Additional/Alternative Textbook] Andrew
S. Tanenbaum: Computer
Networks, Prentice Hall, 5th Edition (Jan 2010).
- Terse but thorough. Some of the explanations can be quite
confusing, but still quite useful as a secondary reference.
is tons of additional information on the web about topics we will be
- Required Prerequisites: PSTAT120A or ECE139.
- Recommended Prerequisites: PSTAT120B and CS170.
Kevin Almeroth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Location: 2113, Harold Frank Hall (Engineering I)
Office Hours: Since all of this will be done online, I should be fairly available.
Atefeh Mohseni (email@example.com)
Responsibilities: Homework #1 and the Project
Daniel Shu (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Responsibilities: Homework #3, Homework #4, and the Midterm/Final
Shiyu Ji (email@example.com)
Responsibilities: Homework #2 and the Midterm/Final
Student Evaluation (with Partial Preliminary Due Dates)
- 40%: Homeworks
- 10%: Homework #1 [Apr 14 (Tue)--11:59pm] [Atefeh]
- 10%: Homework #2 [Apr 22 (Wed)--11:59pm] [Shiyu]
- 10%: Homework #3 [May 17 (Sun)--11:59pm] [Daniel]
- 10%: Homework #4 [May 31 (Sun)--11:59pm] [Daniel]
- 20%: Project [Jun 05 (Fri)--11:59pm] [Atefeh]
- 20%: Midterm Exam [May 05 (Tue)] [Shiyu with help from Daniel]
- 20%: Final Exam [Jun 08 (Mon)] [Shiyu with help from Daniel]
A schedule of when topics will be covered and what the readings are will be posted
on Gauchospace (see link above).