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

Innovation Hall 208

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 4

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Jun 6

Ch. 1: Computer Networks and the Internet


Jun 11



Jun 13

Ch. 2: SMTP & DNS


Jun 18

Ch. 3: Transport Layer


Jun 20

Ch. 3: Transport Layer


Jun 25

Midterm Exam


Jun 27

Ch. 4: IP


Jul 2

Ch. 4: Routing


Jul 4



Jul 9

Ch. 5: Link Layers


Jul 11

Ch. 5: Local Area Networks


Jul 16

Ch. 8: Network Security


Jul 18

Project Presentation


Jul 23

Project Presentation


Jul 25

Final Exam