INFS 612: Principles and Practices of Communication Networks



·       INFS 501, 515, 590 and SWE 510

Course Description

This course introduces the principles of computer networks and their applications to Internet. Details of layering, protocols, performance, resource allocation, management, security and other contemporary issues related to networks are discussed. Examples of the course material are protocols such as HTTP, DNS, TCP/IP, RSVP, SNMP, algorithms such as Dijkstra’s link state routing, security measures such as firewalls and encryption.

Course Administration

Class Location

Room A-248, Robinson Hall

Class Date/Time

Monday, 7:20 – 10:00 pm


Yih-Feng Hwang (

Office Hours

by appointment


Grading Policy

·       The Final Grade will be calculated based on the following policy:


HW Assignments


Term Project


Midterm Exam


Final Exam



·       Any late submission of HW assignments and project assignments will be penalized 10%of points for each day.

·       An incomplete grade (IN) will only be considered under extreme circumstances.  A doctor note with applicable contact information is required.

·       In case of GMU Honor Code violations, all violators will be reported under all circumstances, and will have a course grade of F.

Course Textbook

·       Course Textbook (required): Computer Networking, 5/e by Jim F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross (ISBN-10: 0-13-607967-9), Addison-Wesley.

Tentative Schedules (Class Web Site)


Aug 31

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Sep 07



Sep 14

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Sep 21



Sep 28

Ch. 2: SMTP & DNS


Oct 05

Ch. 3: Transport Layer


Oct 13

Ch. 3: Transport Layer (Columbus Day recess on Oct 12)


Oct 19

Midterm Exam


Oct 26

Ch. 4: IP


Nov 02

Ch. 4: Routing


Nov 09

Ch. 5: Link Layers


Nov 16

Ch. 5: Local Area Networks


Nov 23

Ch. 8: Network Security


Nov 30

Project Presentation


Dec 07

Project Presentation


Dec 14

Final Exam