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Earn a Certificate upon completion

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Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Peer-to-Peer Protocols

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 30 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Peer-to-Peer Protocols and Services6m
Stop-and-Wait ARQ6m
S&W Performance, and Go-Back-N ARQ6m
Go-back-N and Selective-Repeat ARQ7m
6 readings
Reference Books10m
Lecture Slides - Peer-to-Peer Protocols and Services10m
Lecture Slides - Stop-and-Wait ARQ10m
Lecture Slides - S&W Performance, and Go-Back-N ARQ10m
Lecture Slides - Go-back-N and Selective-Repeat ARQ10m
RFC 793, “Transmission Control Protocol: DARPA Internet program protocol specification”30m
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Peer-to-Peer Protocols20m
Graded Assessment - Peer-to-Peer Protocols20m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Reliable Services and Data Link Controls

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 20 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Framing and PPP6m
HDLC, Multiplexing6m
4 readings
Lecture Slides - TCP Reliable Stream and Flow Control10m
Lecture Slides - Framing and PPP10m
Lecture Slides - HDLC, Multiplexing10m
“The generic framing procedure: an overview”, E. Hernandez-Valencia, M. Scholten, and Zhenyu Zhu, IEEE communications Magazine, 40(5), 2002 (Required)2h
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Reliable Services and Data Link Controls20m
Graded Assessment - Reliable Services and Data Link Controls20m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Medium access control

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
MAC Random Access: Aloha5m
Random Access: CSMA and CSMA/CD6m
Scheduling Approaches6m
4 readings
Lecture Slides - Medium Access Control10m
Lecture Slides - MAC Random Access: Aloha10m
Lecture Slides - Random Access: CSMA and CSMA/CD10m
Lecture Slides - Scheduling Approaches10m
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Medium Access Controls20m
Graded Assessment - Medium Access Controls20m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Local Area Networks

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Wireless LANs: CSMA-CA5m
Wireless LANs: Medium Access Control6m
4 readings
Lecture Slides - Local Area Networks (LANs)30m
Lecture Slides - Wireless LANs: CSMA-CA30m
Lecture Slides - Wireless LANs: Medium Access Control30m
“IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks”, IEEE Communication Magazine, pp. 116-126, September 1997. (Required)1h
2 practice exercises
Practice Assessment - Local Area Networks20m
Graded Assessment - Local Area Networks20m

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....
Computer Communications

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