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Course Syllabus
General Course Information
Instructor: Rod Ulrich, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Office: WC 224
Office Hours: Tuesday, 5:00-6:00PM
Campus Phone: 626-815-5427
Course Web Site:
Classroom: Heritage
Class Day/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Emergency Contact: 626-815-5310, CS Office
Prerequisite Courses: CS 330
Textbook and Materials:
Business Data Communications & Networking, (12th Edition), Fitzgerald, 2014,
Wiley, ISBN 9781118086834
Mission and Purpose Statement
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of disciples and scholars
who seek to advance the work of God in the world through academic excellence in liberal
arts and professional programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a
Christian perspective of truth and life.
Department Mission
The Department of Computer Science at Azusa Pacific University offers undergraduate
degree programs in computer science and computer information systems; provides
general education computer literacy courses for our student community and support
courses for mathematics majors; prepares students for graduate study and success in
their chosen careers; and seeks to assist students in applying their knowledge and
skills in service to society based on an understanding of Christian truths and values.

Degree Program

Course Information This course teaches the principles. we will be using wireshark (open-source application) to simulate several telecommunication services and protocols. and implementation of information systems. The Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems provides an educational foundation for students planning a career in the analysis. and standards of:  telecommunications  voice and data communications  networking fundamentals  system configuration  state-of-the-art practical technology Student Learning Outcomes The students will have a working knowledge of:      Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of data communication and computer networking systems Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of modern telecommunication systems Demonstrate knowledge of the protocols and underlying principles of the hardware/software interfaces in computer networks Understand how different computer networks work and their advantages and shortcomings Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of data communication security principles Resources In addition. methods. protocols.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Azusa Pacific University prepares students for graduate work in computer science or for careers in fields such as computer programming or software engineering. Topics The topics of this course will include but are not limited to:  An Introduction to Data Communications  Application Layer  Physical Layer 2 . 2015 Syllabus Page 2 of 13 This major offers a solid foundation in computer science and is directly applicable to current problems in society and industry. design.

If you have any question about the course or need assistance.mhhe. test dates. The Web site contains class notes.mhhe. and other information for the course. and additional links. or by e-mail at any test dates.mhtml Distance Learning: http://www. quizzes. E-Mail All students are requested to obtain an e-mail labs. please contact me in person or by telephone during office Course Requirements This course will comprise in-class instructor presentations.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing          Tiny Tools: http://www. Mini-Reports The min-reports will focus on specific aspects of telecommunications and networking technologies and how they are implemented at each student’s 3 .mhhe. and mini-reports in addition to weekly reading assignments and homework projects outside of class. the course Industry Commentary: Industry Commentary-Management See content of Web Sites Supplementary information for the course is available at http://www.apu. course syllabus. class announcements. There will also be additional information available at https://sakai.htm Industry Commentary-Technical: See content of http://www. This Web Site will contain class notes. PowerPoint slides.umd. 2015 Syllabus Page 3 of 13 Data Link Layer Network and Transport Layers Wired and Wireless Local Area Networks Backbone Networks Wide Area Networks The Internet Network Security Network Design Network Management Professional Resources Web Resources: class announcements.umich.htm Supplementary Content: See content at: http://www. exam

Homework The homework assigned will help to reinforce the main topics from the assigned reading material. You will compile reports based upon both Internet research and your analyses of the use of the week’s focus technology in the workplace. Lab Projects The lab projects will allow you to expand the depth of your knowledge of the weekly topics by challenging you to implement them. Your labs will document your investigation of the communication/networking technologies in use at your workplace.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. Grading and Evaluation Criteria Students will be evaluated according to performance in the following categories: Grading Criteria 10% Quizzes 15% Homework 20% Lab Projects (4) 4 . Reading Assignments Reading assignments will introduce and help you explore the concepts covered in class. they will be submitted at the beginning of the following class meeting according to class standards. You must complete the reading before class in order to actively participate in the whole-class discussions. primarily in your workplace. 2015 Syllabus Page 4 of 13 workplace. Weekly Quizzes/Final Exam You will be expected to complete a series of weekly quizzes on the reading that will prepare you for the Final Exam. They will also complement the materials that may not be covered in class.

more than adequate knowledge regarding technical terms. and possesses an ability to use information. assumptions. superior knowledge regarding details. history. implications. their numerical grading equivalent. unusual ability to analyze and synthesize material.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. curious and retentive mind. superior thinking with information relevant to application. with a positive attitude making productive contributions to the learning community in the classroom. and course grade. the grading criteria is described as follows: A: In addition to the criteria for a “B”. An outstanding mastery of the subject with excellence evident in preparation for and attendance in class sessions. preparation. mostly consistent in test taking. 2015 5% Faith Integration Essay 25% Mini-Reports (2) 25% Final Syllabus Page 5 of 13 Grade Scale Grade achievement levels are as follows: Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF Range 94%+ 90-93% 87-89% 84-86% 80-83% 77-79% 74-76% 70-73% 67-69% 64-66% 60-63% 0-59% Course Letter Grades For all assignments. and relationship to other information. and attitude. Above average student in terms of attendance. B: In addition to the criteria for a “C”. 5 . distinctions. critique. time management.

Incompletes are rare and are available only in “special or unusual circumstances” as negotiated with the instructor prior to the end of the course. time management. In general. Below average or a typical student in terms of attendance. preparation. Average or typical student in terms of attendance. inability to recall basic information. and Participation Attendance is expected at every class session. Faith Integration A Discussion Topic will be posted on Sakai and each student will be required to post a response. major figures. Participation points will be awarded for attendance and in-class exercises. also possesses an awareness of field or discipline. 6 . and attitude.. confusion of concepts and categories. absences will not be excused on those nights that you are scheduled for making a presentation. central terms. Repeat course. See the undergraduate catalog for policies regarding withdrawals and grading. confuses all categories. Arrange to turn in your assignments prior to the class period you have to miss. inconsistent test taking. no grade) from the instructor regarding initial drafts of papers/presentations are invited to schedule such with the instructor sufficiently in advance of the due dates to enable review.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. D: Serious gaps in knowledge. time management. and attitude--minimally pass in performance.. 2015 Syllabus Page 6 of 13 C: Basic knowledge needed to function and carry on learning regarding major principles. misunderstands most concepts. inconsistent test taking. Advance Assistance Students wishing feedback (comments. University/Department Course Policies Attendance. Permission for late work is granted only by special request to the instructor. Deadlines All assignments/projects for the course are to be completed and submitted on time in order to receive consideration for full credit of the assignment. Late assignments/projects will be penalized 10% of the total points available per assignment for each week late or portion thereof. F: Absence of knowledge. You are responsible for all work presented during a missed class. Incompletes will not be given for this course without extenuating circumstances and convincing reasons demonstrated by the student to the instructor’s satisfaction. Preparation. preparation. discussions. incapable of carrying on a conversation about the subject. This will be due on Week 8 and is worth 5% of the overall grade. and subsequent refinement (as necessary). Inadequate/insufficient performance.

CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. if the instructor perceives that there is an inequality of workload. 2015 Syllabus Page 7 of 13 Assignment Options Students interested in proposing other means (different from those outlined above) of demonstrating their comprehension. The instructor shall entertain no solicitations of extra credit work by students. No late or make-up work will be acceptable for this course without extenuating circumstances and convincing reasons demonstrated by the student to the instructor’s satisfaction and negotiated with the instructor for approval. then individual team members may receive more points. and skill relative to the purpose(s) of this course may do so upon the instructor’s discretionary consent. Extra-credit Work No extra credit work is available for this course. Withdrawal Policy See undergraduate catalog for policies on withdrawals. Late penalties will apply to any such work accepted by the instructor and are subject to the instructor’s discretion. The instructor is under no obligation to accept any such proposal for other means of meeting the course requirements. Special Accommodations/Course Policies Students in this course who have a disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should meet with an advisor in the Learning Enrichment Center as soon as possible to initiate disability verification and discuss accommodations that may be necessary to ensure full participation in the successful completion of the course requirements. No extra credit work will be offered for substitution of any assignment of this course. inquiry. If every member of the team does a similar amount of work. 7 . every member of the team will receive the same grade. The decision to adjust the point distribution within a team is reserved for the instructor's discretion. or fewer points. grade permanence and all policies relating to academic records. than other members. No make-ups are available for midterm or final examination in this course. The instructor may designate certain assignments/projects as teamwork assignments. Such students are to submit thorough and well-reasoned proposals (appropriate to high quality study) in sufficient time for both the instructor to review and accept or modify the proposal and the student to complete it prior to the end of the course. Make-Up Work Late work is not permitted for any assignment/project in this course. However.

When drawing from various resources for research purposes students must provide citations. suspended.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. Academic dishonesty includes: Cheating – Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials. and the APU campus main phone number (626. but also the characteristics of academic integrity that are integral to a sound Christian education. the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs. The following statement appears in the undergraduate catalog: “The maintenance of academic integrity and quality education is the responsibility of each student at Azusa Pacific University. and online. 8 .3434) with family and/or other contacts you wish to be notified in case of an emergency Academic Integrity Policy The mission of Azusa Pacific University includes cultivating in each student not only the academic skills that are required for a university degree. A complete copy of the Academic Integrity Policy is available in the Office of Student Life. and only to the extent approved. 2015 Syllabus Page 8 of 13 Classroom Etiquette Pagers and cell phones should be either turned off or set to vibrate mode during class. It is therefore part of the mission of the university to nurture in each student a sense of moral responsibility consistent with the biblical teachings of honesty and accountability. Emergency Procedures It is highly recommended that you leave the class title. or disciplined.969. and raise your hand to gain attention when asking a question or raising a point of discussion. a breach of academic integrity is viewed not merely as a private matter between the student and an instructor but rather as an act which is fundamentally inconsistent with the purpose and mission of the entire university. Furthermore. Please show courtesy to the class by restricting conversation to in-class topics. Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program is an offense for which a student may be expelled. room and building location. Students who engage in academic dishonesty will automatically receive an “F” in the course and may be in jeopardy of expulsion from the university. information. Students may not use an editor for any work turned in under their own name unless approved in advance in writing by the instructor. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that diminishes the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend upon the integrity of the educational system. footnotes and bibliographic information. or study aids in any academic exercise. copying or plagiarizing the work of others. Students are expected to do their own independent work. and to refrain from cheating.

However. but to encourage students to do their best to pay attention and retain the information being taught. Please note. it is okay to take a guess or briefly say “I don’t know”. Plagiarism – Intentionally or knowingly representing the words. notes. Computer Usage Policy For best learning. calculators. The intent is not to always be correct. but engage with the content and fellow students. you must use that software in conformance with the license. 2015 Syllabus Page 9 of 13 •Students completing any examination should assume that external assistance (e. If a student does not know the answer and was paying attention. Lecture Attendance & Participation Philosophy: Projects and labs present some of the best opportunities for hands-on learning. the APU computer store on the main campus. but it is still important to receive a “first-exposure” to course materials during lecture. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty. All students will be called on in a uniform manner (i. but they prove highly distracting to surrounding students and the instructor.g. other students (when applicable) and the material. and conversations with others) is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the instructor. books. It is imperative for learning that students not only show up to lecture. Please know that the instructor 9 .. Many of the programs used in these classes are available as Academic Editions from the Cougar Byte. it is expected that students be engaged with the lecture by interacting with the instructor. However. up to 9% during the entire semester. From time to time (about 5-6 times per lecture). students may not play games or watch videos during lecture and will be prompted by the instructor to stop and/or will be docked points on his/her overall course grade. In that case. It is understandable and often expected that students have laptops open to take notes and/or write code along with the instructor. ideas. or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. that if a student is watching videos or playing games. the instructor will call on a name randomly to answer a question. the student will lose 1% of their total grade.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. General: The instructor will keep a deck of index cards containing each student’s name.” Do NOT copy software from our systems unless the licensing of that software explicitly permits such copying. the instructor may go through the entire deck of names in one lecture at his/her discretion. a student will NOT be called on a 2nd time before all other students are called on at least once). the instructor may automatically dock the student 1% without asking them a question. •Students may not allow others to conduct research or prepare work for them without advance authorization from the instructor. Not only do these behaviors (games/video) disengage the student from the material.e. If the student is not there or does not know the answer because they were clearly not paying attention. •Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted for credit in more than one course without authorization Fabrication – Intentional falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

It is highly recommended that you visit the Darling and Marshburn Libraries. 10 . 2015 Syllabus Page 10 of 13 does not get offended by these actions. and apply for internet access throughout your graduate program. Available Support Services Disability Policy Students in this course who have a disability that might prevent them from fully demonstrating their abilities should meet with an advisor in the Learning Enrichment Center as soon as possible to initiate disability verification and discuss accommodations that may be necessary to ensure full participation in the successful completion of course requirements. become familiar with on-line databases. but has noticed a strong correlation between students who consistently play games and/or watch videos during lecture and poor grades. Library.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. For more information regarding library. full-text databases available to all registered students. Computer Center. and Media Center Azusa Pacific University maintains excellent library and on-line. computing and media services contact the Darling Library at 626-815-5087.

Discussion Topic Due Quiz #4 HW #8 Due Quiz #5 HW #9 Due .CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing Spring. 2015 Syllabus Page 11 of 13 Course Schedule Readings and Exam Dates Week 1/19 1/26 Chapter Readings Homework Chapter 1 due by next meeting Chapter 2 due by next meeting Chapter 3 due by next meeting HW #1 Due Data Link Layer Chapter 4 due by next meeting HW #3 Due Network and Transport Layer Chapter 5 due by next meeting HW #4 Due Network Design Chapter 6 due by next meeting Topics Syllabus Introduction to Data Comm. Application Layer Physical Layer 2/2 2/9 2/16 2/23 3/1 Wired and Wireless Local Area Networks Backbone Networks 3/15 Chapter 7 due by next meeting Chapter 8 due by next meeting Lab Projects Quiz #1 HW #2 Due Lab 1 Quiz #2 Lab 1 Due Lab 2 Mini-Report 1 Due Quiz #3 HW #5 Due HW #6 Due HW #7 Due Lab 2 Due Lab 3 3/22 Wide Area Networks The Internet 3/29 Chapter 9 due by next meeting Chapter 10 due by next meeting 11 Tests Faith Int.

2015 Chapter 11 due by next meeting Network Management Chapter 12 due by next meeting IP Telephony Errata 4/26 Cellular Technologies Errata 5/3 Final Exam/IDEA 4/12 4/19 Syllabus HW #10 Due Page 12 of 13 Lab 3 Due Lab 4 Mini-Report 2 Due Quiz #6 HW #11 Due HW #12 Due Quiz #7 HW #13 Due Lab 4 Due Final Exam * Chapters should be read prior to the class in which the material will be discussed Bibliography Some of these books may have been superseded by later editions.CS 420 Telecommunication and Interfacing 4/5 Network Security Spring. Wiley ISBN-13 9781118086834 | 574 Pages | Hardbound | © 2014 Sam Ruby. David Heinemeier Hansson. the undergraduate catalog shall have precedence. ISBN-13: 978-1430210740 Reservation of Rights The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus. at his sole discretion. Beginning ASP . (Recommended for E-Commerce using C# and ASP. 2009) ISBN-10: 1934356166. 1 edition (March 26. Agile Web Development with Rails. With online demo site and code) Apress.NET 2. Check the Web before purchasing. 2009) ISBN-10: 1430210745. at any time. Third Edition [Paperback] Pragmatic Bookshelf. (12th Edition). Dave Thomas.0 E-Commerce in C# 2005: From Novice to Professional. ISBN-13: 978-1934356166 Cristian Darie and Mihai Bucica. The contents of the current undergraduate catalog are incorporated herein by reference.NET. Business Data Communications & Networking. and without prior notice. 12 . Third Edition (April 4. to make sure you're buying the latest edition. Fitzgerald. In the event of a conflict between this syllabus and the undergraduate catalog.

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