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Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • System Administrators
  • Security Engineers
  • Machine Learning Engineers
  • Technical Support Associates
  • Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

Communication Networks and Services

4 videos (Total 22 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Evolution of Communication Networks5m
Computer Network Evolution5m
Examples of Protocols and Services5m
5 readings
Lecture Slides - Evolution of Communication Networks10m
Lecture Slides - Computer Network Evolution10m
Lecture Slides - Examples of Protocols and Services10m
A brief history of the internet (Optional)45m
Computer Networks (4th or 5th Edition), Tanenbaum and Wetherall2h
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Communication Networks and Services14m
Graded Assessment - Communication Networks and Services20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Layered Architectures

3 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
OSI Unified View of Protocols and Services5m
TCP/IP: Architecture and Routing Examples6m
4 readings
Lecture Slides - Layered Architecture and OSI Model10m
Lecture Slides - OSI Unified View of Protocols and Services10m
Lecture Slides - TCP/IP: Architecture and Routing Examples10m
RFC 2151, "Internet & TCP/IP tools and utilities"30m
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Layered Architecture10m
Graded Assessment - Layered Architecture14m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Socket API & Digital Transmissions

3 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Berkeley Sockets API - II5m
Digital Transmission Fundamentals6m
4 readings
Lecture Slides - Berkeley Sockets API - I10m
Lecture Slides - Berkeley Sockets API - II10m
Lecture Slides - Digital Transmission Fundamentals10m
RFC 793, “Transmission Control Protocol: DARPA Internet program protocol specification”20m
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Socket API & Digital Transmissions20m
Graded Assessment - Socket API & Digital Transmissions20m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Error Control

3 videos (Total 22 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Error Control – Polynomial Codes (CRC)7m
CRC Capability, Internet Checksum7m
5 readings
Lecture Slides - Error Control - Parity Checks10m
Lecture Slides - Error Control – Polynomial Codes (CRC)10m
Lecture Slides - CRC Capability, Internet Checksum10m
Parity, Checksums, Cyclic Redundancy Checks (Required)10m
RFC 1071, “Computing the Internet Checksum”20m
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Error Control20m
Graded Assessment - Error Control20m
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Top reviews from Fundamentals of Network Communication

By GMar 18th 2018

It is a great course. The chapters amazed me. It made me to decide learn socket programming. I know my network skills will be improved after finish this course.

By AOJul 13th 2019

This course helped me build foundation of computer communication. In the end, I feel like I had fun with interesting contents and assignments questions.

Instructor

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Xiaobo Zhou

Professor, Interim Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

About University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond....

About the Computer Communications Specialization

This specialization is developed for seniors and fresh graduate students to understand fundamental network architecture concepts and their impacts on cyber security, to develop skills and techniques required for network protocol design, and prepare for a future of constant change through exposure to network design alternatives. Students will require a prior knowledge of C programming, an understanding of math probability and a computer science background is a plus....
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