EEL 4781 - Computer Communication Networks

Spring 2008

Catalog description: Computer Communication Networks: Network models. Media access protocols. Data link control. Routing and flow control. Internetworking. Current architectures and protocols: OSI, ethernet, token, ring, FDDI, HSLC, X.25, etc.
Instructor: Dr. Lotzi Bölöni
Office: HEC - 319
Phone: 407-823-2320 (use only in last resort!)
E-mail: preferred communication method
Web Site:
The assignments and the other announcements will be posted on the course web site
Classroom: HEC 103
Class Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 4:30 - 5:45
Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 - 4:00
Pre-requisites: EEL 4767C and STA 3032
Textbook: Andrew S. Tanembaum, Computer Networks, 4th ed, Prentice Hall.
Grading: Homework: 45%
Two midterm exams: 15% each
Final: 25%
Standard 90/80/70/60 scale will be used for final grades (curved if necessary)


Lecture Notes, Readings, Homeworks
Aug. 26
[slides] Introduction

Aug. 28
Protocol hierarchies

Sept. 2
OSI model

Sept. 4

Sept. 9
The physical layer -wired connections
[slides] The physical layer

Sept. 11
-wireless connections

Sept. 16 -wireless telephony

Sept. 18
The data link layer
-packet framing
[slides] The data link layer

Sept. 23
-error detection and correction

Sept. 25
-simple data link protocols
Homework 1
Sept. 30
Midterm 1 - covering hardware and data link layer

Oct. 2
Medium Access Control
-channel allocation
-Collision avoidance, CSMA-CA
[slides] Medium access control
Oct. 7

Oct. 9
802.11 (WiFi)

Oct. 14

Oct. 16
Network layer
-connectionless / connection service
[slides] Network layer
Oct. 21

Oct. 23
-the IP protocol
-addressing models
-network address translation

Homework 2 - due November 6, 2008

Oct. 28
Transport layer
-elements of transport protocols
[slides] Transport layer
Oct. 30
Midterm 2. - covering MAC and network layer

Nov. 4
-UDP and TCP
-TCP congestion control

Nov. 6
Application layer
[slides] Application layer
Nov. 11
Veteran's day

Nov. 13
-World wide web pages and browsing (HTTP, HTML)

Nov. 18
-remote login (Telnet, SSH)

Nov. 20

Nov. 25

Nov. 27

Dec. 2
Network security Security on the web: ssh, https
[slides] Network security
Homework 3 - due Dec 11, 2008 - at the exam
Dec. 4
Final exam review

Dec 11, 4:00 - 6:50pm
Final exam: covering transport, application layer and security + 2 questions on previous topics