Course information:

What: Fall17 -- ICSI516 Computer Communication Networks (link to syllabus)
When/Where: MW 01:15PM-2:35PM in BB0221
Class email and discussion: ICSI516 Blackboard page
Prerequisites: Course prerequisites include CSI402 and MAT 367 (or equivalent). Students taking this class should have strong programming and Linux/Shell skills.

Description: This course will cover fundamentals in computer communication networks as well as some state-of-the-art advances in the field. We will begin with topics in wired networks including Internet applications, transport and routing protocols, data link layer communications and Internet stability. We will then survey recent advances in applications (such as content-delivery networks), congestion control and wireless technologies. The students will have the opportunity to apply their understanding of networking fundamentals while working on hands-on programming assignments and an Internet measurement project. Students will also gain experience in efficient reading and understanding of technical papers.

Textbooks: All the required reading for this class is based on Kurose and Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (6th or a recent edition), and assigned research papers.


For a detailed description of policies, refer to the course syllabus.

Grading policy:
Grading Item Weight
Class participation 5%
  • HW1 -- Internet architecture.
  • HW2 -- Applications.
  • HW3 -- Transport.
  • HW4 -- Routing. IP.
  • HW5 -- Data Link Layer.
Project 1 (Socket programming) 10%
Project 2 (Internet measurement) 20%
Midterm Exam (In class on 10/18. Closed book, closed notes. Based on textbook and papers.) 20%
Final Exam (12/18, 8-10am. Cumulative. Closed book, closed notes. Based on textbook and papers.) 25%

Class Participation: I expect you to attend every class. If you miss a couple of classes this will affect your grade. I also expect active participation in in-class discussion; if you attend class but do not participate, you will not receive the full class participation credit. To prepare for these discussions, you are highly encouraged to read the assigned reading before coming to class.

Assignments: I do not accept late assignments. All assignments are due by 11:59PM on the due date (unless otherwise specified). Any re-grading requests will be considered up to 5 business days after posting the grades for the corresponding assignment. No re-grading after the 5-day period has passed.

Cheating: Cheating is not tolerated. Please, read the university Community Rights and Responsibilities for more information on cheating. Students caught cheating will receive 0 points for the corresponding assignment and will be reported.