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ECEC-631: Principles of Computer Networking (Fall, 2003)

CRN 10518
Course Number ECEC-631
Section Number 501
Credits 3.0
Time Thursdays 6pm - 8:50pm
Room Mathsn 311
Instructor Steven Weber
Restrictions graduate standing
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering


Principles of circuit switching, packet switching and virtual circuits; protocol layering; application layer protocols for e-mail and web applications; naming and addressing; flow control and congestion avoidance with TCP; Internet Protocol (IP); routing algorithms; router architectures; multicast protocols; local area network technologies and protocols; issues in multimedia transmissions; scheduling and policing; Quality-of-Service and emerging Internet service architectures; principles of cryptography.


KuroseRoss Primary text (required)
Title Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet
Author James Kurose and Keith Ross
Publisher Pearson Addison Wesley
ISBN 0201976994
Edition 2nd

LeonGarcia Supplemental text (optional)
Title Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering
Author Albert Leon-Garcia
Publisher Prentice-Hall
ISBN 020150037X
Edition 2nd


Homework (one problem set per week)30%
Midterm Exam (comprehensive)30%
Final Exam (comprehensive)40%

Late Homeworks and Makeup Exams

Makeup exams are only available if you are unable to attend due to a severe health problem or a death in your family. Homeworks are due at the beginning of class, one week following the class in which they were assigned. Late homeworks will not be accepted.

Final Exam Location and Time

The university has promised to announce the final examination schedule during the third week of class. Do not make winter vacation travel plans which might interfere with the course until the examination time has been announced.

Students with Disabilities

In accordance with Drexel University policy, any student with a documented disability who needs accommodations is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services (215-895-1401) or speak directly to the professor for further information about this office. Students must register with the Office of Disability Services and receive an Accommodation Verification Form prior to receiving accommodations. Contact with the Office of Disability Services is strictly confidential. Please make contact as early in the term as possible in order to receive timely accommodations.

Mandatory Registration

All students sitting in the classroom during the class must be registered for the course and on the class list supplied to the instructor for the second class. Any student not on the list at that time will be asked to leave until proper registration is obtained.

Academic Dishonesty

The Drexel University policy on academic dishonesty may be found here and will be strictly enforced. Plagiarism, fabrication, and cheating will, at the discretion of the instructor, constitute grounds for failure of the course.

Course Calendar

Please read the chapter for the lecture before the class in which it is covered.
In particular, please read chapter 1 before the first class!

Class Date Material
1 9/25 Chapter 1: Computer Networks and the Internet
2 10/2 Chapter 2: Application Layer
3 10/9 Chapter 3: Transport Layer
4 10/16 Chapter 4: Network Layer and Routing
5 10/23 Midterm Exam
6 10/30 Chapter 5: Link Layer and Local Area Networks
7 11/6 Chapter 6: Multimedia Networking
8 11/13 Chapter 7: Security in Computer Networks
9 11/20 Chapter 8: Network Management
11/27 Thanksgiving Holiday (no class)
10 12/4 TBA
11 12/11 Final Exam