Introduction to Networking and the Internet

CE80N Fall 2011

Introduction to Networking and the Internet


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Class Information

Instructor: Tracy Larrabee

  • Office: 3-37A E2
  • Phone: X9-3476
  • Office hours: Tuesday 3-4 & Wednesday 1-2

Teaching Assistants:

  • Daniel HiranandaniDaniel
    • Section:
      • Thursday, 4:00-5:45, Natural Sciences Room 101sam
  • Sam Wing
    • Section:
      • Monday 11:00AM-12:10PM Physical Sciences Building 110
      • Tuesday 2:30PM-3:40PM, Natural Sciences Building 103
  • James Mathewson
    • Section:
      • Wednesday, 9:30AM-10:40AM Physical Sciences 114
      • Wednesday, 3:30PM-4:40PM, Physical Sciences Building 110
  • Each TA is willing to meet with you outside of section by using email to arrange another time you can come in--either because you want some extra one-on-one help or because you just can't make the other times (so is the professor, although sometimes this means talking over the phone or skype).

Class meetings

  • Lecture: Tuesday-Thursday 6:00-7:45pm in the Baskin Auditorium (JBE 101)
  • Final Exam: Wednesday, December 7 12:00noon-3:00 p.m. (JBE 101)


  • The TCP/IP Guideby Charles M. Kozierok, Fifth Edition.
    • You can read this online for free.
    • You can buy it at
    • We also spend a lot of time reading the Networking Sections of Wikipedia






ReadingTopicsQuiz Date

Network Law and Network Protest

Dec 1

Network Security

Dec 1

Transport Layer (Layer 4)

Nov 17

More Internet Layer (Routing)

Nov 10

 Internet Layer

(Layer 3)

 Oct 28, Nov 3

Cell Phones

(Layer 1 and Layer 2)

Oct 28
Data Link Layer (Layer 2) Oct 20
the Physical Layer  Oct 6,13
Quantization and Digitizing Oct 6
Decimal, Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Numbers Sept 29
Introduction to Networking Sept 29
Our Text
(online or in print)
Familiarize yourself with the guide and how to navigate it. Not applicable

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The Labs page


Class Evaluation

Your grade will come from the weekly quizzes (30%), the class exercises--exercises having to do with networking(20%), and your final exam (50%). Your weekly quizzes will cover the material listed in the assignments section of this website. Your quiz grade will be derived from your best 7 quizzes, but there will be no makeup quizzes. If this is a quarter in which you can't make it to class for at least 7/10 Thursdays, this is not a good class for you to take this quarter.


I hate to talk about cheating, because I like to assume there will be none, but the School of Engineering says I must: If a TA finds or I find conclusive evidence that you have cheated on a quiz or exam, you will fail that quiz or exam. It will not be possible to pass this course with a grade of 0 on the final exam. You should know that if you have been officially charged with cheating, and the provost has ruled that you have cheated, you get a black mark on your record: this could lead to either suspension or expulsion from this university (and you may be ejected from any SOE major, which may not affect you).

To receive credit for a weekly quiz, you must sit in one of the installed seats of the lecture hall, and you must put the names of your right and left neighbor on the top of your quiz page (put something like "end of row" if there is no one on one side). After you turn in your test, you must leave the lecture hall immediately, and if you have forgotten your backpack or other materials, you may not retrieve them until class time is over. You may not talk to anyone during the test time but the instructor or one of the TAs. Violations of this rule will result in a quiz score of zero on the part of the person doing the talking.


Please feel free to tell either the professor or the TAs about any comments or suggestions you might have about how to improve the class. The best way to do this is by electronic mail, though please include "CMPE80N" in the subject line of any emails you send to us, and also send email to just *one* of us at a time unless we specifically tell you otherwise. You may also broadcast your opinions by using the webforum, or for private communication (that we won't be able to respond directly to) send an anonymous message.Don't worry we don't do this!


  • The Internet Book, by Douglas E. Comer, Fourth Edition Prentice Hall
  • (Deeper, wider coverage) Data and Computer Communications, by William Stallings, th Edition Prentice Hall
  • How The Internet Works, by Preston Gralla, Seventh Edition QUE
  • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, by Larry L. Peterson & Bruce S. Davie, 3rd Edition Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
  • Computer Networks, by Andrew Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, Third Edition.
  • Communication Networks: A First Course, by Jean Walrand, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill 1998.
  • An Engineering Approach to Computer Networks, by S. Keshav, 3rd Ed., Addison-Wesley 1998.
  • Power Programming with RPC, by John Bloomer, O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.
  • Data Networks, by Bertsekas and Gallager, Prentice Hall. (Queueing Theory, MAC Protocols)
  • Data and Computer Communications, by Stallings, Macmillian. (Encoding/Decoding)
  • The Pocket Guide to TCP/IP Sockets: C Version, by M. Donahoo and K. Calvert, Morgan Kaufman Publishers. (Socket Programming)
  • Unix Network Programming, by R. Stevens, Prentice Hall. (Socket Programming)



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