MPCS 54001 Networks (Spring 2019)

Section 1
Instructor(s) Conner, William (wconner)
Location RY 251
Meeting Times Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fulfills Core Systems Elective


Course Description

This course focuses on the history, theory, and implementation of computer networks.  Topics include everything from low-level technologies (e.g., Ethernet, Wi-Fi) to high-level applications (e.g., Web, email).  By the end of this course, you should have a better understanding of the underlying network protocols used by the computers, smart phones, and other network-enabled devices that you depend on every day.


Course Contents

    Computer Networking History

    Applications (HTTP, DNS, email)

    Transport Layer (TCP, UDP, QUIC)

    Network Layer (IPv4, IPv6, ICMP)

    Link Layer (Ethernet)

    Wireless and Mobile Computing

    Security (Cryptography, SSL/TLS, Web vulnerabilities)



Weekly homeworks, two exams, and three projects. These will be a series of hands-on programming and design tasks. Based on provided specifications (e.g., the protocol standard) you will implement different network servers or clients (e.g., a simple web server or a simple network router).

Course Textbooks

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (7th Edition) by James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross


Please note this is the new 7th edition; previous iterations of this course used the 6th edition.

Course Prerequisites

Core Programming (completed or concurrently enrolled)

Other Prerequisites

Familiarity with C, Java, and/or Python

Experience with concurrent programming (threads, synchronization)

Recommended (but not required): UNIX Bootcamp

Overlapping Classes

This class is scheduled at a time that conflicts with these other classes:

  • MPCS 51220-1 -- Applied Software Engineering
  • MPCS 51400-1 -- Functional Programming