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Business Data Communications Syllabus

Spring 2005 BA 4323

Instructor: Radha Mookerjee, Ph.D. Office: SOM 3.209 Phone: (972)-883-2415 Email: Use WebCT for all communications Office hours: Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

Teaching Assistant The TA for this course is Deborah Manica. She will be available to answer all questions regarding home work assignments. Her contact information and office hours are given below.

Phone: 972-883-4412 Email: Office hours: Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00 Text The text for the course is Business Data Communications and Networking by Jerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis. Eighth Edition, 2002, John Wiley and Sons.

Name: Deborah Manica Office: SOM 3.423

Course Objective This class is designed to introduce the important field of data communications. Data communications is the transfer of information between computerized devices. In today’s business environment, value is increased by knowledge, as well as by the speed of dissemination of knowledge. Understanding the principles, technologies and capabilities of data communications is therefore more important than ever in IT organizations. This class will help you achieve the following objectives:




Acquire a thorough understanding of data communications and networking requirements Understand communications technologies well enough to analyze and design business data network applications Evaluate, select, and implement communication options within organizations Consider management, security, and business related issues as they relate to the field

Grading Exam I Exam II Exam III Homework Total 25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

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 complete and submit Homework 0 to make sure that you can access your WebCT account. If you are dialing into UTD 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.

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Exams Exams will consist of multiple choice, True/False, and short answer questions. 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. Homework All assignments are to be submitted via WebCT. The deadline for submitting an assignment is 11:00 pm 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. Grading Policy The grading will be based on a relative grading scheme. The student with the highest grade in the class will be normalized to a 100%. The rest of the students will be normalized accordingly. The following cut offs will be used to assign the final grade

96 - 100 86 - 90 76 - 80 67 - 70 59- 62 53 - 55 < 50

Grade Range Grade
A+ AB C+ CD F 91 81 71 63 56 50 95 85 75 66 58 52 A B+ BC D+ D-

Participation While no points are awarded for attendance, students are expected to attend all

classes and to read the assigned material. In addition to making the class more interesting, a great deal of learning takes place when you articulate your views and ask questions in class. Thus, class participation is very beneficial. Attendance No points are awarded for attendance. However, students are expected to attend all classes and to read the assigned material. It is also the students' responsibility to keep abreast of any announcements made in class. I will post information about significant changes, if any, to the syllabus. This is only to be used as a supplement, and not as a substitute, to announcements made in class. I will monitor attendance in class and will provide no additional help to students who regularly skip lectures.

Schedule The following is a tentative schedule, which I will try to follow as closely as possible. Should any changes become necessary, I will announce it in class as well as post it on WebCT via the bulletin board. It is YOUR responsibility to check for changes at least once a week. I will not be held responsible if you miss any announcements regarding changes to schedule and/or deadlines. Date Topic Readings

01/11/05 01/18/05 01/25/05 02/01/05 02/08/05 02/11/05 (Fri: 11pm) 02/15/05 02/22/05 03/01/05 03/08/05 03/15/05 03/22/05 03/25/05 (Fri: 11 pm) 03/29/05

Introduction to Data Communications Network Applications The Physical Layer The Physical Layer (contd) The Data Link Layer Network and Transport Layer Homework I Due Exam I Network and Transport Layer (contd) Local Area Networks Wireless Local Area Networks Spring Break - No Classes Backbone Networks Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks Homework II Due Exam II Internet Security Network Management Homework III Due Exam III

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5

Chapters 1,2,3,4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9

Chapters 5,6,7,8 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 13

04/12/05 04/15/05 (Fri: 11 pm) 04/19/05

Chapters 9,10,11,13

Important Dates

Homework 1 Exam I Homework 2 Exam II Homework 3 Exam III

Feb 11, 2005 Feb 15, 2005 Mar 25, 2005 Mar 29, 2005 Apr 15, 2005 Apr 19, 2005

Scholastic Dishonesty
The following paragraph is an excerpt from the University of Texas at Dallas 2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog available online at "The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student maintains a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one's own work of material that is not one's own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings " It is expected that you become familiar with the contents and be aware that any acts of dishonesty will be severely punished.