ECE 46300 - Introduction to Computer Communication Networks


This course will run as ECE 40863 starting Fall 2022

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Selective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall


On-campus only


ECE 36800

Requisites by Topic:

Advanced C Programming, Data Structures

Catalog Description:

An introduction to the design and implementation of computer communication networks. The focus is on the concepts and the fundamental design principles that have contributed to the global Internet's success. Topics include: digital transmission and multiplexing, protocols, MAC layer design (Ethernet/802.11), LAN interconnects and switching, congestion/flow/error control, routing, addressing, performance evaluation, internetworking (Internet) including TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS etc. This course will include one or more programming projects.

Required Text(s):

  1. Computer Networks: A Systems Approach , 5th Edition , Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie , Morgan Kaufmann , 2011 , ISBN No. 0123850592
  2. Course Notes

Recommended Text(s):

  1. Unix Network Programming, Volume 1: The Sockets Networking API , 3rd Edition , Richard Stevens, Bill Fenner and Andrew Rudoff , Addison Wesley , 2003 , ISBN No. 0131411551

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying packet switching networks, and different Local Area Network technologies. [1,6]
  2. an ability to implement network protocols using network socket programming. [1,2]
  3. an understanding of the key principles behind retransmission protocols, congestion control algorithms, and TCP. [1]
  4. an understanding of the basic concepts of routing. [1,6]

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Topic
2 Introduction and Overview
2 Switching and Multiplexing
2 Internet Architecture and Layering
3 Network Programming
4 Data Link Layer, Ethernet, Wireless
3 LAN Interconnects, hubs, bridges
3 Internetworking, naming, addressing, IP fragmentation
5 Intra-domain routing (RIP, OSPF), Inter-domain routing (BGP)
6 TCP, reliable transfer and congestion control
2 Domain Name Service
4 Performance Evaluation and Quality of Service
3 Internet Security
3 Applications: HTTP, peer-to-peer, video
2 Examinations

Engineering Design Content:

  • Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Testing
  • Evaluation

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Political
  • Social

Assessment Method:

Assessment will be based on programming projects and written examinations.