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University of Texas at Dallas

Computer Science
Spring 2007

CS 6368 – Telecommunication Network Management

Class Hours: Thursday 7:00-9:45 PM, ECSS 2.305
Office hours: after class

Course Information

To understand the network management concepts, methods, protocols, and functions of network

One of 5390 (Computer Networks), 6390 (Advanced Computer Networks), 6385
(Telecommunication Networks)

The textbook for this class is “Telecommunications Network Management into the 21st Century” Ed.
S. Aidarous and T. Plevyak, IEEE Press, 1994

Course Details
There will be homework/ paper critique/project assigned throughout the semester. Class
announcements, including homework, paper, and project will be announced during class.

Teaching Assistant
Richard K. Min
Office hour: 1:30 – 3:30 PM TTh
Office room: ECSS 4.409

Grading (tentative)
The grade distribution for this class is shown below.

Class Participation 5%
Homework and Paper critique 15%
Group Project 25%
Exam #1 25%
Exam #2 30%

90-100 A
75-89 B
60-74 C

If you have any question on the grading of an exam, please contact me about your question within
one week of the time the grade is received.

Exam Schedule (Tentative)

Exam Date & Time Duration Topics
Exam #1 March 1, 2007 75 minutes Chapter 1 to Chapter 4, and
any additional materials
covered in the class
Exam #2 4/19/2007 & 7:00 – 9:00 PM 2 hours Chapter 6, 8 to Chapter 10,
and any additional materials,
including the projects

No make up exam unless approval is obtained prior to the scheduled exam date. Otherwise, any
missed exams will be recorded as zero.

Assignment Policy
• Submit the homeworks and paper critiques on due-date in class. Late submission will not be
accepted. No cooperation on homeworks/papers critiques.

• Submit your project both in hard copy and soft copy on the due date. Turn in the hard copy in
class and the soft copy by email.
• Students should keep a copy of their work in case they need it for reference before they can
be graded and returned.

• You must turn in your own work, not copied from someone else’s. Any copying, cheating, or
plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please write (or print) legibly.

Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty

Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties,
including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from The University. Since such
dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of The University, policies on
scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Course Roadmap (tentative)

It is expected that the text material and papers will be studied outside of class before it is needed to
follow the discussion in class. In addition, you will be expected to read, by yourself, some material
from the text book not covered in class. Examinations are based on material covered or described in
class, even if not in the text.

Course Roadmap Text Section

Principles of Network Management Chapter 1
TMN: Principles, Models, and Applications Chapter 3
Domestic and International Open Systems Interconnection
Management Standards Chapter 4
A Critical Survey of Network Management Protocol
Standards Chapter 2
Chapter 8 and
Configuration Management outside materials
Chapter 9 and
Fault Management outside materials
Chapter 6 & 10
Network Performance Management & modeling/simulation in and outside
network management materials
Selected papers to be provided
Network Management Software and GUI

Paper critiques
Throughout the semester, you will have an opportunity to critique several papers. For each critiqued
paper, bring the hard copy of your critique write up to the class on the day the paper will be covered.
The critique will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5. The grade will be based on 1) accurate and clear
summary of the paper, 2) insightful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique, and 3)
statements indicating how this particular technique will impact the future of network management.

The project is a group project. Each group consists of several students (the number of students per
group is to be determined). Each group will select and work on one of the project topics. The project
deliverables are the project write up and the presentation. The project presentations will be
scheduled in April.

As soon as you have selected the time slot and the topic, send me the email regarding the group
members, your first and second choices of the time slots and topics. I will limit the number of groups
that can work on the same topic. The time slot and the topic will be assigned based on first come
first serve.
The presentation will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5. The grade will be based on 1) accurate and clear
objective of the project, 2) Detail description of the method and result(s), 3) Conclusion(s) indicating
how the technique benefit the network management, 4) Ability to field questions on the approach
during the presentation, and 5) Suggestions for improving or extending the method.

Topics and Time Slots: To be announced

• IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS)
• Proceedings of IFIP/IEEE Internationl Symposium on Integrated Network Management

The student is responsible for any lectures and/or announcements that (s)he missed.