Data Communications and Network Design
Fall 1999, Thursdays 7-9pm
WWH room 109
Michael Padovano


Office Hours
Immediately after class and by appointment.  The best way to reach me is through email at, or by calling me at (212) 648-7544.

Course Goal
This course will give you a thorough understanding of the lower-layers of networking protocols. You will learn how networks work and gain a familiarity with network protocols and algorithms. Although the course concentrates on the TCP/IP protocol suite, the course also presents a full spectrum of network concepts and technologies.

By the end of the course, you will be able to analyze network traffic, debug network problems, and understanding network algorithms and concepts.  Overall, it will be a fun, educational course. Networking is very popular today and will grow in popularity in the future, and this course will give you a solid base for understanding networking protocols.

Course Requirements
You will have a mid-term and a final exam, two to three homework assignments, and selected readings. The homework assignments will require research into various network technologies.

Your grade will be weighted as follows:
    30% homework assignments,
    30% midterm, and
    40% final exam.
The final will involve test your understanding of concepts presented throughout the semester.

Internetworking with TCP/IP, Vol I, by Douglas Comer, Prentice-Hall
We will also use "Request For Comment" documents associated with the TCP/IP protocol suite. I will distribute those to you.

Mailing List
All students should register themselves with the class list, it will be used to send out mails regarding the class discussion and assignments.
To register, send an e-mail message to The contents of the message should be the single line:
subscribe g22_2262_001_fl99

you will be notified in return that you are a list participant.