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Business Data Communications BA 4323-501 Fall 2005

Course Information
Instructor: Deborah Manica Office: SOM 3.423 Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm Phone: (972) 883-4412 Email: via Web CT Time: Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:45 (SOM 2.722)


Check WebCT often. You are expected to have all handouts with you when you come to class. You are responsible for this material irrespective of attendance.


The text for the course is “Business Data Communications and Networking” by Jerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis. Eighth Edition, 2002, John Wiley and Sons.

Course Description

“IS managers need to have an in depth understanding of a gamut of issues relating to data communication and distributed processing, including technical, economic, and managerial details. The course will focus on currently observed industry trends, including the digital convergence of voice, video and data, enterprise wide connectivity, distributed computing environments, and the massive demand for Internet-based open systems. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements for majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Prerequisites: BA 3351, MATH 1326 and MATH 2333.” (UTD Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006)

Using WebCT

All class information will be posted on the course website on WebCT. Any communication to me should also be conducted ONLY via WebCT email. I will not respond to any email sent to my regular email address. All assignments should be submitted via WebCT. It is therefore essential that you are familiar with WebCT. It is also YOUR responsibility to make sure that you can access your WebCT account. If you are using your home Internet connection to access E-mail or the World Wide Web, you may have trouble getting connected for various reasons. Make sure that you give yourself enough lead-time to complete assignments. Because you will almost always have access to these systems on campus, busy modems or other technical problems are not accepted as excuses for late assignments


Exams will consist of multiple choice, True/False, and short problems. Any exam grading disputes must be submitted in writing within two weeks of the results. No make-up tests will be offered except on medical grounds.

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Homework and Project 1 will be a group project. Each group is responsible of giving a 10 minute inclass presentation of a technology. The list of topics and possible dates will be Projects
determined on the first day of class. Each group also needs to submit a 10-15 page paper (double-spaced) along with the technology presentation. The paper needs to have a cover page, an outline, and a reference page. Both the paper and the power point presentation need to be submitted 24 hours prior to the presentation date. All assignments are to be submitted via WebCT as attachments. Groups will be decided by August 31, 2005. Project 2 expectations will be explained on 9/28 in-class. This is going to be is a group assignment and will consist of no more than 2 members. The project may be worked on in a group; however each individual should submit their own assignment via WebCT. The deadline for submitting Project 2 is 11:00pm on the due date. Late submissions must be submitted as an attachment to WebCT email. Assignments submitted within 24 hours of the due date/time will be subject to a 25% penalty. No late submissions will be accepted 24 hours after the deadline. The submissions need to have your name and project number as the file name. For example; Project 1 files for Jane Doe would be named as JaneDoeProject1.doc and JaneDoeProject1.ppt.


Quizzes will be given over the course of the semester to monitor students’ understanding. The questions in the quizzes will be clearly taken from course lectures and corresponding material covered in the book. There will be 6 quizzes given over the course of the semester of which the 4 quizzes with the best performance will be considered in determining your final grade.

Extra Credit

During the course of the semester there will be an opportunity to earn up to 3.5% on your total course score. This 3.5% increase will NOT raise your grade above 100%. You will be able to earn extra credit by playing in competitive games and other activities offered spontaneously in class. As I do not currently know the total number of points I will offer, we will have to normalize this score at the end of the course. We will keep track of bonus points over the semester, and normalize the scores at the end. For example, if student 1 has 6 points, student 2 has 8 points and the total possible points was 10, then student 1’s grade would increase by 2.1% and student 2’s grade would increase by 2.8%.

Grading and Grading Policy

The distribution of the grades will be as follows. Exam I Exam II Project I Project II Quizzes 30% 30% 15% 15% 10%

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The grading will be based on the following grading scheme. Range 98 - 100 88 - 92 78 - 82 70 - 72 64 - 66 58 - 60 < 55 Grade A+ AB C+ CD F Range 93 - 97 83 - 87 73 - 77 67 - 69 61 - 63 55 - 57 Grade A B+ BC D+ D-

Academic Dishonesty Offenses

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There is no generally accepted definition of academic dishonesty. However, there are elements of dishonesty that are readily identifiable: Cheating – intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise (examples: crib notes, copying, unauthorized collaboration) Fabrication – intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise (examples: making up sources for the bibliography of a paper or faking the results of a laboratory assignment) Plagiarism – deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgement (examples: turning in a paper written by another person or buying a paper from a commercial source and failing to properly attribute quotations within a paper) Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another engage in some form of academic dishonesty Misrepresentation – providing false information to an instructor concerning an academic exercise (examples: giving a false excuse for missing a test or deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted a paper) Failure to Contribute to a Collaborative Project – involves not doing one’s fair share Sabotage – actions that prevent others from completing their work (examples: disturbing a lab experiment, removing materials from a reserved reading file). 1

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Tentative Schedule Week # 1 Date 8/22(M) Topics Course Introduction History of Data Comm., IS and the Internet Introduction to Networks Network Models Network Standards Application Architectures World Wide Web E-mail Applications on the Internet Circuits Digital Transmission of Digital Data Assignments Ch 1

8/24 (W) 2 8/29 (M) 8/31 (W)

Ch 2 Ch 2 Ch 3

Groups for Project 1


9/5 (M) 9/7 (W) 9/12 (M) 9/14 (W)



9/19 (M) 9/21 (W)


9/26 (M) 9/28 (W)


10/3 (M)

LABOR DAY – NO CLASS Analog Transmission of Digital Data Digital Transmission of Analog Data Analog-Digital Modems Multiplexing Media Access Control Error Control Data Link Protocols Transmission Efficiency Transport and Network Layer Protocols Transport Layer Functions Addressing Routing TCP/IP Example Review for Exam I Ch 1-5 Discuss Project 2 Bill Erickson, VP of Sales and Marketing Fujitsu Network Communications Continue Review

Ch 3 Ch 3

Ch 4
Ch 4

Ch 5

Ch 5

Guest Speaker

10/5(W) 8 10/10 (M)

LAN Components Traditional Ethernet Introduce Project Switched Ethernet The Best Practice LAN Design Improving LAN Performance

Ch 6 Project Introduction Ch 6

10/12 (W)

Groups for Project 2

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10/17 (M) 10/19 (W)


10/24 (M) 10/26 (W)


10/31 (M) 11/2 (W)


11/7 (M)

Wireless Local Area Networks Bluetooth The Best Practice WLAN Design Improving WLAN Performance Backbone Network Components Backbone Network Architectures The Best Practice Network Design Improving Backbone Performance How the Internet Works Internet Access Technologies Internet Governance Internet 2 Introduction to Security Risk Assessment Business Continuity Planning Controlling Unauthorized Access Best Practice Recommendations Introduction to Network Design Needs Analysis Technology Design Cost Assessment Designing for Network Performance Review For Final Chapters 6-12 NO CLASS – Happy Thanksgiving! EXAM II

Ch 7 Ch 7

Ch 8

Ch 8 Ch 10 Ch 10, Ch 11

Ch 11

Ch 11 Ch 12

11/9 (W) 13 11/14 (M)


11/16 (W) 14 15 11/21 (M) 11/23 (W) 11/28 (M)


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