Telecommunication and Networking

M&IS 44042 - 002
Spring 2003




OFFICE MEETINGS : MW 4:45-6 pm, 205 BSA

OFFICE HOURS : MW 3:00 -4:30pm

OFFICE PHONE : (330) 672-1164


TEXT: Data Communications & Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach, 2nd Edition, Curt White, Course Technology, 2002 (ISBN 0-619-06464-1)

Reference: Management of Telecommunicaitons, 2nd Edition, Carr Snyder, McGraw-Hill , 2002 (ISBN 0-07-248931-6)




From the Undergraduate Catalog , this course is the "presentation of current and emerging telecommunications services and networking technologies with emphasis on their strengths, limitations and business applicaitons."

Pratically , this course provides an introduction to the basic concepts underlying local and wide area telecommunications networks and an understanding of the relevant terminology. It includes an overview of transmission media, data communications protocols, and network configurations, a description of modulation, error control, multiplexing, and switching techniques, and a discussion of current telecommunications technologies, services, standards, and regulations. In addition, students will complete a team research project focusing on some topic from the field of telecommunications.

Specifically, this course covers the chapters 1 - 8 and 10 - 12 of the textbook mentioned above.

Tentative Schedule

Mon. 1/13

First Class: Warm up: Explanation of the syllabus and answer of questions.

Wed. 1/15

Chapter 1: Introduction.

Mon. 1/20

Chapter 1 continued. 
Chapter 2: Fundamentals of Data and Signals.
Project topics due @ the end of the class.
First Homework assigned.

Wed. 1/22

Chapter 2. 

Mon. 1/27

Chapter 2 continued.

Wed. 1/29

Chapter 2 continued.
Chapter 3: The Media.

Mon. 2/3

Chapter 3 continued.

Wed. 2/5

Chapter 4: Making Connections.
First Homework due @ the end of the class.

Mon. 2/10

Chapter 4 continued.

Wed. 2/12

Chapter 5: Multiplexing.
Second Homework assigned.

Mon. 2/17

Chapter 5 continued.

Wed. 2/19

Chapter 5 continued.

Mon. 2/24

Chapter 6: Error Detection.
Second Homework due @ the end of the class.

Wed. 2/26

Review of chapters 1 through 5.

Mon. 3/3

Midterm Exam (covers chapter 1 through 5).  You can bring with you a sheet of letter-size paper (can be double-sided) with anything on it for reference.

Wed. 3/5

Chapter 6 continued.

Mon. 3/10

Chapter 6 continued.

Wed. 3/12

Chapter 7: LAN: Basics.

Mon. 3/17

Chapter 7 continued.

Wed. 3/19

Chapter 7 continued.
Third Homework assigned.

Mon. 3/24

Spring Break, No class.

Wed. 3/26

Spring Break, No Class.

Mon. 3/31

Review of chapters before Spring.
Chapter 7 continued.

Wed. 4/2

Chapter 8: LAN: Internetworking.
Third Homework due @ the end of the class.

Mon. 4/7

Chapter 8 continued.

Wed. 4/9

Chapter 10: MAN and WAN.

Mon. 4/14

Chapter 10 continued.
Fourth Homework assigned.

Wed. 4/16

Chapter 11: Internet.

Mon. 4/21

Chapter 12: Telecommunication Systems.
Project Report due @ the end of the class.

Wed. 4/23

Student Presentations

Mon. 4/28

Student Presentations continued
Fourth Homework due @ the end of the class.

Wed. 4/30

Review of the chapters.
Peer evaluation due @ the end of the class.

Mon. 5/5

Fianl Exam @ 5:45 - 8:00 p.m.  You can bring with you a sheet of letter-size paper (can be double-sided) with anything on it for reference.

 NOTE: I will make every effort to follow the schedule outlined above and to cover the topics in the order listed. However, depending on the pace of the class, we may cover some topics earlier or later than scheduled.



30 points

Project report

10 points

Project presentation (5 points) + peer evaluation form (1 point)

6 points

Midterm Exam

20 points

Final Exam

35 points


101 points

You are expected to turn in the homework assignments on the due date.  Late assignments will not be accepted (unless excused by university policy).  If you have any questions concerning a grade you receive on a homework assignment, it is your responsibility to inform me within 1 week of the assignment being returned to you.  Assignment grades will not be discussed after that time.

No make-up exams (unless excused by university policy).

If your project report is turned in late, 20% of the available points will be deducted for each calendar day that it is late.

You are encouraged to discuss problems in your homework assignments, but copying is NOT allowed.  In particular, each of you must submit your own assignments. Should two or more of you submit identical or substantially identical assignments, then I can only assume that one (or more) of you copied from the other(s).  In such a circumstance, every student involved will receive a failing grade for the course. Additional sanctions may be pursued in accord with University rules and regulations.

Your course letter grade will be assigned according to the scale: A = 90-101; B = 75-89.99; C = 65-74.99; D = 55-64.99; and F = 0-54.99.

I will NOT curve the final grade.  NO exceptions.


For the written assignments (i.e., the project report and homework assignments) use size 12 Times New Roman font, 1.25 inch margins (for all 4 margins), 1.5 line spacing, and left justification (only). Also, instead of separating paragraphs with blank lines, start each paragraph with a tab character.


Attendance is not mandatory but is highly recommended if you wish to do well in the course. You are responsible for all material presented and should not expect any special consideration if you miss material due to being absent.

You are expected to be respectful of other students and the instructor at all times during the semester! Come to class on time and stay until the class has ended. Unless you have a legitimate reason for doing so, do not come to class late or leave early. There are other students who want to be in class and it is not fair to disrupt them by the noise and disturbance of late arrivals and early departures. Never ridicule anyone for asking a question. There is no such thing as a stupid question but it is stupid not to ask a question when you have one! Use of a cell phone or pager during class is not permitted. Improper classroom behavior will not be tolerated and is grounds for dismissal from the course, resulting in a grade of F.


Prerequisites: Students attending the course who do not have the proper prerequisites risk being deregistered from the class.

Course registration: Students have responsibility to ensure they are properly enrolled in classes. You are advised to review your official class schedule during the first two weeks of the semester to ensure you are properly enrolled in this class and section. Should you find an error in your class schedule, you have until Friday January 24, 2003 to correct it with your advising office. If registration errors are not corrected by this date and you continue to attend and participate in classes for which you are not officially enrolled, you will not receive a grade at the conclusion of the semester for any class in which you are not properly registered.

Academic honesty: Cheating means to misrepresent the source, nature, or other conditions of your academic work (e.g., tests, papers, projects, assignments) so as to get undeserved credit. The use of the intellectual property of others without giving them appropriate credit is a serious academic offense. It is the University's policy that cheating or plagiarism result in receiving a failing grade for the work or course. Repeat offenses result in dismissal from the University.

Course withdrawal: For Spring 2003, the course withdrawal deadline is Saturday March 22, 2003. Withdrawal before the deadline results in a "W" on the official transcript; after the deadline a grade must be calculated and reported.

Students with disabilities: In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester or when given an assignment for which an accommodation is required. Students with disabilities must verify their eligibility through the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) in the Michael Schwartz Service Center (672-3391).


Note: the instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus.

Copy Right: Xiaozhou (David) Zhu, 2003, Kent State University