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 L008, Art and Design Building

Class Date/Time

Monday and Wednesday, 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)


Jun 6

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Jun 8

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Jun 13



Jun 15

Ch. 2: SMTP & DNS


Jun 20

Ch. 3: Transport Layer


Jun 22

Ch. 3: Transport Layer


Jun 27

Midterm Exam


Jun 29

Ch. 4: IP


Jul 4



Jul 6

Ch. 4: Routing


Jul 11

Ch. 5: Link Layers


Jul 13

Ch. 5: Local Area Networks


Jul 18

Ch. 8: Network Security


Jul 20

Project Presentation


Jul 25

Project Presentation


Jul 27

Final Exam