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School of Business
AUGUST 29 - DECEMBER 15, 2005



General Information
Course Title:             INFS310 Networks and Telecommunication
Credit Hours:            3
Location:                  CSH 209/230D
Time:                         12:30 – 13:45 MW
URL:                          http://www.andrews.edu/~bgibson/infs310

Instructor:                 Betty Gibson
Office:                       CSH 218D
Phone:                       471.6596
email:                         bgibson@andrews.edu
Office Hours:           MW 14:00 – 14:45  Smith Hall Lab

                                    TR   12:00 – 14:00  CSH 218D
                                    and by Appointment


Panko, Raymond R, Business Data Networks and Telecommunications 5ed. Prentice Hall, 2005. ISBN 0-13-145449-8


Additional Resources

Will be provided as necessary (See class web site)

The course covers hardware and software principles of data communications and networking with emphasis on the analysis and design of PC networking applications.  It also includes management of networks, cost-benefit analysis, and evaluation of connectivity options.  Students learn to evaluate, select and implement different communication options within an organization.

Prerequisite:   INFS226 


Course Objectives
By the end of the semester the student who successfully completes the course should be able to:

·         Describe the components of a network

·         Describe the movement of information within a network

·         Select network hardware and software components based on given constraints

·         Troubleshoot a small Client/Server network

·         Appreciate the ethical issues involved in business telecommunication



The course will be conducted principally as lecture/discussion and lab sessions.  In addition, students will be provided the opportunity to present their work to the class.


Course Requirements and Policies


Regular written exercises will be given as homework or classroom assignments. Students are encouraged to discuss assignments in groups, but individual work must be submitted, unless the exercise is assigned as a group project. 


Class exercises should be submitted at the end of the class period and homework assignments should be submitted at the beginning of class on the due date unless otherwise specified in class.



These will be a combination of structured and open labs throughout the semester.  Some labs may require more time than is available in one class session.  In such cases, students may use time outside of class for working on lab assignments.   Lab scripts should be submitted at the end of the lab period for shorter labs, and at the beginning of the next class period for those that require more than one class session.


The network lab, CSH230D, is available for use throughout the semester.  There are several other projects that could be assigned as labs but will not be due to time constraints.  Consequently students are encouraged to use the network lab to do experimental work.  The instructor is willing to assist with any additional networking assignments.




Several articles will be available either electronically or as hard copies.  Each student will be required to write a short report on 4 of these articles.  Additional instructions and due dates will be posted on the class website.



Paper and Presentation

Each student is required to prepare and present a paper on some aspect of network and telecommunication.   

Possible topics may include:

·         Comparison of 2 or more network operating systems

·         Critique of a network you've researched or used

·         Advances in network media not discussed in class

·         Any other networking topic of interest to you.


A written proposal should be submitted for approval by October 7 


A more elaborate description of the requirements for the paper will be posted on the course web site.  


Each student is also required to submit one essay-type question from the presentation that will be included in the final test. 


Each class member will be asked to give a written evaluation of every other student’s presentation.  These evaluations will be combined with the instructor’s evaluation to determine the presentation grade.  Evaluation criteria will be posted on the class web site.



Three tests are scheduled throughout the term.  The first test will be on the material covered prior to that date.  All three tests will be sectional.  The tests will be based on lectures, textbook content, reading assignments, and other presentations.



Class attendance is necessary.  If a student is absent for more than 20% of the total course appointments, he/she may receive a failing grade for the course..   The student is responsible for acquiring any notes, handouts or other material that he/she may have missed.  .  Homework that was assigned prior to the student's absence should be submitted on the day of return.    The student will not be allowed to make up for missed class assignments, tests, and quizzes unless a written excuse has been presented prior to his/her absence.  In the case of unforeseen circumstances, a written excuse will be accepted immediately upon the student’s return.


Late Submission of Assignments

In order to have quick feedback, it is important that assignments are submitted on time.  5% of the maximum possible grade will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late.  Weekends count as one day.  Assignments will not be accepted if corrected scripts have already been returned to the class and the assignment has been discussed in class.


Assignments, announcements, course updates, and other information will be posted on the class web site. It is the student's responsibility to check the site frequently to keep up to date.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected of all students of Andrews University.  Academic dishonesty is a serious offence.  Any student caught being dishonest in an assignment or test will receive a warning and a grade of zero for the assignment or test.  If the student is dishonest on more than one occasion, she/he will receive a grade of F for the class and will be reported to the University authorities.  See the Andrews University Bulletin for a definition of academic dishonesty.








 1.   Aug. 29, 31

Introduction, Network Concepts

Chapter 1


 2.   Sep. 7


Chapter 2

Sep. 5, Labor Day. No Class

 3.   Sep. 12, 14

Standards Continued, Physical Layer

Chapter 2, Chapter 3


 4.   Sep. 19

Physical Layer Continued

Chapter 3, Module B


 4.   Sep. 21




 5.   Sep. 26, 28

Small Ethernet PC Network

Chapter 4


 5.   Sep 28




 6.   Oct. 3



TEST 1 Chapters 1-4

 6.   Oct. 5

Other LAN Technologies

Chapter 5, Module C


 7.   Oct.  12

Other LAN Technologies


Oct 10, Fall Recess

 8.   Oct. 17, 19


Chapter 6


 9.   Oct. 24, 26

TCP/IP Networking

Chapter 8, Module A


10.  Oct 31

TCP/IP Networking



10.  Nov. 2

Wide Area Networks

Chapter 7, Module E


11.  Nov. 7

Wide Area Networks

Chapter 7, Module E


11.  Nov 9




12.  Nov. 14



TEST 2 Chapters 5 - 8

12.  Nov 16

Network Security

Chapter 9, Module F


13.  Nov 21

Network Security


Nov 23 Thanksgiving Break

14.  Nov. 28

Network Management

Chapter 10


14.  Nov 30

Network Applications

Chapter 11


15.  Dec. 5

Group Presentations



15.  Dec 7



TEST 3 Chapters 9 - 11




Lab Exercises

Labs will be scheduled to correspond with the appropriate topics

Lab 1

Media Preparation.  Research Media

Lab 2

Small network setup. Research Hardware

Lab 3

IP addressing.  Research IPv6

Lab 4

Routing.  Research Routers

Lab 5

Network Security.  Research Firewalls

Lab 6

Network Management.  Research Management Tools


The schedule may be adjusted as the term progresses


Assignments, extra reading material, links, Labs etc. will be posted on the class web site.  Students should frequently check the site and the grade book for updates.




Dates to remember:

September 7         Last say to drop with full refund

October 3              Test 1

October 7           Presentation Proposal Due 

November 1       Test 2 

November             Last day to change to audit or drop class with W 

December 5          Presentations

December 7          Test 3




Tests                                                       40%

Readings                                 10%
Paper and
Presentation                   10%
ssignments                                        30%



A final grade of   95 - 100%  A
                            90 - 94       A-
                            85 - 89       B+
                            80 - 84       B
                            75 - 79       B-
                            70 - 74       C+
                            65 - 69       C
                            60 - 64       C-
                            50 - 59       D
                            <50            F

Disability Accommodation:                          

If you qualify for accommodations under the American Disability Act, please see the instructor as soon as possible for referral and assistance in arranging such accommodations.



Students are expected to read and be familiar with the syllabus. The times, events, and deadlines scheduled have been carefully determined.  However in the event that there may be changes, these will be announced in class ahead of time and also posted on the class web site.