CS70 - Networking Theory and Essentials
Fall 2020 6:45p - 9:50p Thu via Zoom

David Morgan

http://classpage.dmorgan.us/

  

Course Particulars

 

Prerequisites

CS3 and one programming course

 

 

 

Required Textbook

Computer Networks and Internets, sixth edition, Douglas Comer, Pearson, 2015
ISBN-10: 0133587932   ISBN-13: 9780133587937

also worth your attention:

Guide to IP Layer Network Administration with Linux, Martin Brown, 2003, online at http://linux-ip.net/

 

 

 

 

Catalog Description

This course offers a broad introduction to networking concepts and analyzes different network architectures. Introductory topics include network topologies, media and signaling, protocols, addressing, and distributed networks. The varied ways to connect computers are explored as are the resulting architectures. The course explores subnetting, both physical and virtual, and internetworks are constructed in the lab. Server programs are introduced to demonstrated their signature "socket-API" structure. Specific real-world services such as the apache web server, BIND name server, NFS and Samba filesystem servers, DHCP address server, and others are discussed.

Grades for the course are determined as a weighted average over a series of homework assignments and tests, plus a minor attendance component. As assignments are completed, grades to-date will be published on the class website (above), giving the weighting for each. In past semesters there have usually been 2 tests (including final) and about 10 assignments. While there might be variation this is reliably representative. The tests have accounted for somewhat under and the assignments collectively somewhat over 50% of the final course grade. The assignments can be previewed on the course outline page of the class website.

Averages are mathematically quite sensitive to missing terms. There can be a full-grade swing, everything else equal, between a zero- and a hundred-point score on a single assignment. Avoid zero-point scores by doing every assignment and gaining points for it (skipping results in zero). While a score of 50 may be considered poor, it is very good in terms of numerically sustaining an average relative to just skipping the assignment.

Grading Scale:

A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F Below 60%

Attendance will also be taken on a spot check basis and included with a low weighting. While the attendance term in the formula for calculating final grades has low weighting, absence affects grades beyond that because it limits your class awareness and subject-matter knowledge, which expresses itself in your work.

Course content - not included in this Syllabus document. Find it instead, in deep concrete detail, in the Course Outline document.
(http://classpage.dmorgan.us/cs70/CourseProgressTemplate.htm)

Website - http://classpage.dmorgan.us/ I will make extensive use of this website to communicate with you. You are responsible for awareness of the information posted there, e.g., announcements, grade reports, assignments. Access the website from any SMC computer lab, or an internet-connected browser anywhere.

Academic dishonesty - The SMC Honor statement, signed by each student upon enrollment, reads: "In the pursuit of the high ideals and rigorous standards of academic life, I commit myself to respect and uphold the Santa Monica College Honor Code, Code of Academic Conduct, and Student Conduct Code. I will conduct myself honorably as a responsible member of the SMC community in all endeavors I pursue."

Please be extremely careful that you do not engage in any behavior that could even be construed as cheating. Violations could result in failing grades, reports to the Campus Disciplinarian, and subsequent academic disciplinary action. Examples of behaviors that are not permitted include but are not limited to: copying another student's homework, inappropriate language or physicality in the classroom, and inappropriate behaviors during an exam (talking with another student, looking at or copying from another student's paper, using a disallowed PDA or calculator, using disallowed notes, leaving the room without prior permission, removing exam materials from the classroom). Honest and ethical students are protected in this class.esults in automatic zero on the affected work and automatic issue of an Academic Dishonesty Report Form. The Form enters your record along with regular grades to indicate your dishonesty. I am exerting an honest effort to contribute to your education for your benefit. If you intend to repay it with deception drop the class.

Title IX

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Students who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct or discrimination are encouraged to talk to someone about their experience, so they can get the support they need. 
To learn more about support available for students, please see https://www.smc.edu/student-support/sexual-violence-response-prevention/learn-about-title-ix/index.php. You can also call Lisa Winter, Compliance Administrator Title IX Coordinator, at 310-434-4225.

Incompletes

A grade of "Incomplete" may only be granted at the very end of the term, when 90% of the course work has been satisfactorily completed by the student, but an unforeseen event or illness prevents the student from completing the coursework. "Incomplete" grade situations are extremely rare, and are entirely at the discretion of the instructor


Emergency Preparedness


The safety of students at SMC is a priority. Please note that emergency procedures are posted in every classroom. For more information please see:: https://www.smc.edu/administration/emergency-preparedness/index.php.

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these procedures today, when knowledge of what to do can be the most effective.

Makeup work - Assignments: not accepted after due date. Makeup tests: will not be given. Test grades will not be dropped. If the final exam is missed you will not pass the course.

Drop policy - Students are responsible for maintaining their own enrollment status. Several date deadlines apply:

Last Day to Withdraw to Receive a Refund: SEP 13, 2020
Last Day to Withdraw to Avoid a "W": SEP 13, 2020
Last Day to Withdraw to Guarantee a "W": NOV 21, 2020
Last Day to Request for Pass/No Pass Grade: OCT 3, 2020

Students should check Corsair Connect for specific drop dates. Leaving yourself officially enrolled without submitting the required work results in an F. I may drop students for inactivity.

To reach me outside class:

 

Office hours - we will conduct office hours using Zoom, non-mandatory.

Student learning outcomes - install and configure network applications; evaluate and select different network architectures for custom designed environments.
SLO #1: Install and configure network applications. As assessed by: projects, midterm and final exams.
SLO #2: Evaluate and select different network architectures for custom designed environments. As assessed by: projects, midterm and final exams.

Students with Disabilities - I am happy to make academic adjustments for students with documented disabilities. Please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities if this applies to you. The Center for Students with Disabilities is located in Room 101 of the Admission/Student Services Complex, next to Admissions. For more information, call (310) 434-4265 or (310) 434-4273.

Certificates this course helps you earn - CS70 is a component course in the computer science department's Web Programmer Certificate and also Networking Certificate. For more information on these certificates, please visit our department Web site at: http://www.smc.edu/csis .

Semester dates and calendar -

https://www.smc.edu/academics/classes/dates-deadlines.php

Student codes of conduct -

https://www.smc.edu/student-support/academic-support/counseling/dual-enrollment/college-regulations-student-conduct.php

https://www.smc.edu/administration/governance/academic-senate/honor-council/index.php

 

College's Frequently Asked Questions page.