INFS 612 - Principles and Practices of Communication Networks

Class Meetings: Mondays, 4:30 - 7:10 pm in Music Theater Building, Room 1006.

Instructor: Dr Larry Kerschberg

Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00 PM and Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 PM, or by email appointment. Skype chats are also welcome by appointment.
Office: 4412 in the Nguyen Engineering Building.
Skype: kersch

GTA: Mr. Sridhar Venkatesan

Office Hours: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 pm, 5321 in the Nguyen Engineering Building
Office: 5321 in the Nguyen Engineering Building
Skype: infs612-2014

We will use Blackboard System for all postings of reading assignments, slides, homework assignments, class discussions, group projects, and email communication. Please send email from your Mason account only.

The GMU Honor Code is in effect at all times. The Computer Science Department also has an Honor Code Policy.


INFS 501, INFS 515, INFS 519 and SWE 510

Course Topics

This course presents the principles and practices of communication networks in a top-down fashion. The topics include: the role of the Internet; the Application, Transport, Network, Link Layers; wireless and mobile networks; network protocols and algorithms; network security; and modern applications. We study Internet protocols such as HTTP, TCP/IP, DNS, SNMP, etc.

Course Textbook

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Sixth Edition, James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-285620-1.

This text is on two-hour reserve at the Johnson Center Library. Ask for Call Number TK5105.875.I57 K88 2013

Grading Policy

Your final grade will be determined by your performance as follows:

Grade Components and Percentages
Home Work Assignments
Class Participation & Blackboard Participation
Group Term Project
Individual Term Project Presentation
Midterm Exam
Final Exam

Homework assignments are to be submitted on time via Blackboard.
The assignments are to be done individually, and the honor code is in effect.

The term project is a meant to be a group research and learning experience. There will be a grade for the group's performance as well as a grade for each person's performance in presenting their portion of the research.