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BA 4323 Syllabus Business Data Communications (BA 4323-001) Spring 2005 January 10 through April 25, 2005

Instructor: Office: Phone: Email: Office hours: Class Hours:

Prof. Hans-Joachim Adler, Ph.D. SM 3.227 (972)-883-4695 By Appointment Monday / Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Room SOM 2.115

Teaching Assistant: Zhanwei Cao Phone: 972-883-4428 Room: SM 3.228 Email: Text The text for the course is Business Data Communications and Networking by Jerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis. 8th Edition, 2005, John Wiley and Sons. 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

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BA 4323 Syllabus All class information will be posted on the course website on WebCT. 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 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. Exams Exams will consist of True/False and multiple choice, questions. Any exam grading disputes must be submitted in writing within two weeks of the results. Please bring a Scantron sheet (882-E – green form) for exams. No other type of Scantron forms will be acceptable. 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. No late submissions will be accepted. 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. Range 96 - 100 86 - 90 76 - 80 66 - 70 56 - 60 46 - 50 = 40 Grade A+ AB C+ CD F Range Grade 91 - 95 A 81 - 85 B+ 71 - 75 B61 - 65 C 51 - 55 D+ 41 - 45 D-

Participation While attendance is not mandatory, students are encouraged 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. 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.



BA 4323 Syllabus

Date 01/10/05 (Mon) 01/12/05 (Wed) 01/17/05 (Mon) 01/19/05 (Wed) 01/24/05 (Mon) 01/26/05 (Wed) 01/31/05 (Mon) 02/02/05 (Wed) 02/07/05 (Mon) 02/09/05 (Wed) 02/14/05 (Mon) 02/16/05 (Wed) 02/21/05 (Mon) 02/23/05 (Wed) 02/28/05 (Mon) 03/02/05 (Wed) 03/14/05 (Mon) 03/16/05 (Wed) 03/21/05 (Mon) 03/23/05 (Wed) 03/28/05 (Mon) 03/30/05 (Wed) 04/04/05 (Mon) 04/06/05 (Wed) 04/11/05 (Mon) 04/13/05 (Wed) 04/18/05 (Mon) 04/20/05 (Wed) 04/25/05 (Mon)

Topic General Introduction Introduction to Data Communications No Class Introduction to Data Communications (contd) Application Layer Application Layer (contd) Physical Layer Physical Layer (contd) Datalink Layer Datalink Layer (contd) Homework 1 Due Network and Transport Layers Network and Transport Layers (contd) Local Area Networks Local Area Networks (contd) Exam I Wireless Local Area Networks Backbone Networks Metropolitan & Wide Area Networks Homework 2 Due Metropolitan & Wide Area Networks (contd) The Internet The Internet (contd) Network Security Network Security (contd) Exam II Network Design Network Design (contd) Network Management Network Management (contd) Homework 3 Due Exam III

Readings Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 6 Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 11 Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 13 Chapters 12, 13

03/07 – 03/12/05 Spring Break



BA 4323 Syllabus Important Dates Homework 1 Exam I Homework 2 Exam II Homework 3 Exam III 02/09/05 02/28/05 03/16/05 04/06/05 04/20/05 04/25/05

Scholastic Dishonesty 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. Specifically, copying another student's computer files or buying assignments from a 3rd party could result in a grade of F and/or expulsion from the University.