To provide a practical understanding of computer networks with respect to system architectures, protocols, and client-server interaction. These objectives are accomplished through extensive laboratory exercises.
Communication media; protocol layers, TCP/IP protocols, wireless protocols, high speed protocols, routing, and switching architectures.
Interprocess communication, client-server interaction, and socket programming.
Emerging trends and technologies such as high speed asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) communication, wireless communication, and videoconferencing.
Homework and programming projects; final design/analysis project
- will be prepared to contribute to a rapidly changing field by acquiring a thorough grounding in the core principles and foundations of computer science (e.g., techniques of program design, creation, and testing; key aspects of computer hardware; algorithmic principles).
- will acquire a deeper understanding on (elective) topics of more specialized interest, and be able to critically review, assess, and communicate current developments in the field.
- will be prepared for the next step in their careers, for example, by having done a research project (for those headed to graduate school), a programming project (for those going into the software industry), or some sort of business plan (for those going into startups).