IS250 Computer Based Communications Networks and Systems

Spring 2010

Course Description: This course offers a multidisciplinary inquiry into the technology, business, economics, and public-policy of computer networks and distributed applications. We will cover the technical foundations of computer networks, including: Internet architecture, network technologies and protocols (e.g., 802.*, TCP/IP, HTTP), routing algorithms and policies, network applications (e.g., p2p overlays, VoIP), emerging network technologies, and network security. Tightly integrated will be coverage on the business, economics and policy of networking, including: economic characteristics of networks, network industry structure and ISP competition, wireless spectrum auction, network neutrality, and incentive-centered design of networks and applications.

Prerequisites: IS 206 or consent of instructor.

Weekly Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:30pm in 202 South Hall
    Prof. John Chuang
    Office: 303A South Hall
    Phone: 510-642-7253
    Office hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment.

  • Required: Douglas Comer, Computer Networks and Internets, 5th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2008.
  • Other readings to be assigned during the semester.
Tentative Grading Criteria
  • Exams 2*20%
  • Assignments 35%
  • Mini-Project 15%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Total: 100%
Course Communications Course Policies

Academic Integrity Policy

Discussion with instructors and classmates is allowed/encouraged, but each student must turn in individual, original work and cite appropriate sources where appropriate

Code of Student Conduct: http://students.berkeley.edu/uga/conduct.asp

Grading Policy

All assignments are due at 2pm on the due date.
Assignments turned in 24 hours before the due date will receive 5% extra credit.
Assignments turned in *up to* 24 hours after the due date will be penalized 20%.
Any assignments turned in after 24 hours will receive no credit.

Cellphone Policy/Etiquette

Please remember to turn off or silence your phones (and other alarms) before each class meeting. We will subtract i points from your class participation score the i-th time your phone rings in class during the semester. No exceptions.