CS75 - Networking Protocols
Winter 2022 online

David Morgan



Course Particulars



CS70 Network Fundamentals and Architecture or equivalent familiarity with the subject is assumed




Required Textbook

TCP/IP Protocol Suite Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2010, ISBN 978-0-07-337604-2





Catalog Description

This course introduces major protocols and their roles in protocol suites with emphasis on TCP/IP. Detailed coverage is given for least one protocol at each layer, the main application level protocols and at least one security protocol. Analytic programs such as ping, traceroute, and packet capture programs are applied as tools to protocol analysis. The Wireshark packet capture and protocol decoder program is centrally utilized.

Grades for the course are determined as a weighted average over a series of homework assignments and tests, plus a minor attendance component.

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 positive point totals for them. 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%

Course content -please find the information content of the course in substantial, concrete detail in the Course Outline document it serves as the centerpiece of the class.

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. Cheating results 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

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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.


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.

Dates and deadlines - can be viewed here.
Class Census Day: JAN 10, 2022
Class 60% Day: JAN 25, 2022
Last Day to Withdraw to Receive a Refund: JAN 6, 2022
Last Day to Withdraw to Avoid a "W": JAN 9, 2022
Last Day to Withdraw to Guarantee a "W": JAN 31, 2022
Last Day to Request for Pass/No Pass Grade: JAN 14, 2022

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

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

Student learning outcomes - troubleshoot network traffic problems using protocol analysis tools; configure at least one security protocol between systems in a Unix environment. As assessed by a series of lab projects.

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.

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