Title Networks (54001)
Quarter Autumn 2019
Instructor William Conner (


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).  Note that class attendance is mandatory.

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.

Prerequisites (Courses)

Core Programming (completed or concurrently enrolled with a Pass on the programming placement exam).

Prerequisites (Other)

Familiarity with C, Java, and/or Python

Experience with concurrent programming (threads, synchronization)

Recommended (but not required): UNIX Bootcamp


Core Systems


Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-4:50pm


JCL 011