This course covers computer networks organized as a layered architecture based on the TCP/IP and ISO OSI Reference Model. Protocols and services of each layer are examined in detail. Specific local area networks, metropolitan area networks, and wide area networks will be considered.

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The focus of the course will be on understanding and utilizing the Internet (TCP/IP) protocol stack. Students will write network client and server applications in addition to reading and discussing the theory behind modern data communication networks.

The class is dual-listed as an undergraduate (COS 460) and graduate course (COS 540); graduate students will have additional reading and must prepare a presentation for the class.

Course Materials

Documents and materials associated with the course are available in a Google Drive Folder and BlackBoard.

All Assignments and examinations are completed in BlackBoard which can be accessed via The MyUSM portal. Grades are also available in BlackBoard.