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Specialization
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Intermediate Level

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Hours to complete

Approx. 6 hours to complete

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

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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 6 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Communication Networks and Services

This module discusses the evolution of three example networks and their associated services, how services are influencing the evolution of modern networks, and examples of protocols and services....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Evolution of Communication Networks5m
Computer Network Evolution5m
Examples of Protocols and Services5m
Reading5 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 Wetheralls
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Communication Networks and Services14m
Graded Assessment - Communication Networks and Services20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Layered Architectures

This module discusses the OSI reference model and show how the overall communication process can be organized into functions that are carried out in seven layers, and introduces the TCP/IP architecture with a detailed routing example....
Reading
3 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
OSI Unified View of Protocols and Services5m
TCP/IP: Architecture and Routing Examples6m
Reading4 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Layered Architecture10m
Graded Assessment - Layered Architecture14m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Socket API & Digital Transmissions

This module introduces BSD sockets, which allow the student to write applications that use the service provided by the TCP/IP protocols. It also introduces some fundamentals of digital communications....
Reading
3 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Berkeley Sockets API - II5m
Digital Transmission Fundamentals6m
Reading4 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Socket API & Digital Transmissions20m
Graded Assessment - Socket API & Digital Transmissions20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Error Control

This module presents coding techniques that can be used to detect errors that may occur during digital transmission. These coding techniques form the basis for protocols that provide reliable transfer of information....
Reading
3 videos (Total 22 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Error Control – Polynomial Codes (CRC)7m
CRC Capability, Internet Checksum7m
Reading5 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Error Control20m
Graded Assessment - Error Control20m
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Top Reviews

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 MNJan 9th 2018

Great course and assignments! Had fun learning and answering quizzes. Professor Zhou covered all the m=important points in his slides. Thank you again.

Instructor

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Xiaobo Zhou

Professor, Interim Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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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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