Syllabus - CS325

Computer Science 325
Computer Networks Fall 2003

Course Information

Class Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 1:15pm-2:30pm
Location: 203 Kendade
Web Page:

Instructor Information

Instructor: Sami Rollins
Office: Clapp 221
Phone: (413) 538-3250
Office Hours: (tentative) Tuesday and Thursday 2:45-4:00pm, Wednesday 10am-11am, and by appointment


CS 211, 221, and 322. Students should have good programming skills in a language such as C/C++ or Java and an understanding of basic operating systems concepts. Contact me with any questions regarding pre-requisites.

Course Objectives

Required Text

J. Kurose and K. Ross. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, Second Edition. Pearson Addison Wesley, 2002. Also see:

Grading Information

Grades will be based on homework assignments (weekly), programming assignments (2), laboratory assignments (3), a midterm exam, and a final exam. Grades will be distributed as follows:
Homework Assignments: 5%
Programming Assignments: 35%
Laboratory Assignments: 15%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
Note: I reserve the right to change the distribution and add assignments as necessary.

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to computer networks, the mechanisms used in their construction, and the factors that affect their performance. Topics include network architecture, data transmissions, network protocols, error and connection management, internet-working, the Internet, client-server programming, examples, and applications.

We will cover the following topics:
Week Number Topic
Week 1 Introduction - Chapter 1
Week 2 Introduction - Chapter 1
Week 3 Application Layer - Chapter 2
Week 4 Application Layer - Chapter 2
Week 5 Transport Layer - Chapter 3
Week 6 Transport Layer - Chapter 3
Week 7 Fall break and catch-up/special topics
Week 8 Review and Midterm exam - Chapters 1-3
Week 9 Network Layer - Chapter 4
Week 10 Network Layer - Chapter 4
Week 11 Link Layer - Chapter 5
Week 12 Link Layer - Chapter 5
Week 13 Catch-up/special topics and Thanksgiving break
Week 14 Special topics (TBA)
Week 15 Review for final exam - Chapters 1-5 and special topics material -- Final date TBA

Reading will be assigned on a weekly basis. The homework portion of your grade will be based on review questions assigned from the end of each chapter. The project portion of your grade will be based on two substantial programming assignments and the laboratory portion of your grade will be based on three laboratory assignments that will ask you to experiment with various network tools.

Unless otherwise noted, assignments are to be completed individually. Academic dishonesty will NOT be tolerated. This is your warning! Students are encouraged to meet with me if they have questions regarding assignments or this policy. Students caught cheating will face severe penalty. Please see: for a discussion of academic dishonesty. We will follow the policies outlined there.

Sami Rollins