MSI 416: Communications Networking & Security
Spring 2006 Syllabus
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Available Lab(s)Undergraduate Lab
Text & Reference Books
Text: Data Communications & Computer Networks: A Business Users's Approach by Curt M. White
Reference: Security In Computing (Third Edition) by Charles P. Pfleeger & Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
Reference: Hackers Beware by Eric Cole
COURSE OVERVIEWThis course covers Data Communications, Computer Networking, and Computer Security. The first module of the course focuses on communications where we discuss fundamentals of signal transmission, transmission hardware, and basic communication concepts such as error control and multiplexing. Different wired and wireless media, such as, fiber optic, coaxial cables, cell phones, satellite microwave are also presented. Students learn the pros and cons of selecting different media types. In addition, network topologies, the OSI model, and the TCP/IP protocol suite. This module also covers the various architectures used on the Internet, including client-server, peer-to-peer and n-tier architectures. Also covered is network switching and schemes for routing data on the network. Students will have the opportunity to use simple network simulation tools. In the second module of the class, vulnerabilities of computer networks and techniques for protecting networks and data are discussed. Basic elements of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography are discussed. Secure Electronic Commerce, involving secure transmission, authentication, digital signatures, digital certificates and Public Key Infrastructure is presented. Issues in privacy, ethics and policies are also discussed where students study technologies like Web Bugs and Carnivore and debate on ethical issues related to privacy.
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Assignments &: Paper: 50%
Assignments: Assignments given in any week is due at the beginning of the class on the same day in the following week. There will be a penalty for late assignments unless there is a very pressing reason for the delay. Please work individually on all assignments. Stop by the instructor offices if you have difficulty in understanding the assignment or the course material discussed in the class.
Term Paper (Computer Security): If students are asked to write a term paper the students should make two person teams. Each team must complete a term paper on one of the topics presented by the instructor. The paper should include a broad introduction of the topic and a comprehensive discussion of a few selected aspects of the topic. The paper should be four pages (single spaced, 12 pt text, 1 inch margins) long so the students should make an effort to write four pages of original text. The paper should reflect a clear understanding of the subject by the the student. The presentation should not exceed more than five content slides. Please use your critical thinking skills to be concise and focused on both the paper as well as the presentations. As an alternative the instructor may give the students some readings that he/she is supposed to analyze and discuss in the class.
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