Telecommunications and Coordination Technologies

Information Systems Department, Stern School of Business, NYU
Prof. Arthur Goldberg, Computer Science Department, NYU
Fall 1999
C20.0045001, 3 credits
Wednesdays 6:20 - 9:00PM, Tisch UC59
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Computer Systems (C20.0035) or Prof. Goldberg’s permission


This course surveys the major components and functions of electronic communications systems, focusing on computer networks and reviewing telephone and cable television networks.It discusses the major trends and issues relating to network technologies.Among the specific topics covered are principles and standards of computer communication, the underlying technologies for communication systems, network protocols and network software.


Text: Required: Douglas E. Comer, Ralph E. Droms, Computer Networks and Internets, Hardcover - 590 pages, 2nd edition (January 1999), Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0130836176. $74.00 plus shipping at
Additional reference: Andrew Tanenbaum, Computer Networking, Third Edition, 1996, ISBN 0-13-349945-6. The best technical computer networking text.It sells for $55.30.

Course Homepage


Guest Lectures

Michael Lewis, The Internet: Issues for Developing Countries
Bill Russell: NYU-NET: Internetworking inside NYU and between NYU and the World: Status and Plans
Andrew Rosson, Furman Selz, IP in a Medium Sized Financial Firm

Magazine Articles

Comer Readings



Phone: 998-3014
Home page:
Office: 715 Broadway (across from McDonald’s), Room 711, Computer Science Department
Office hour: Wednesday 4:00 to 5:00, or by appointment
Secretary: Lourdes Santana, 998-3026,
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Handed out
Due by
Graded by
About Oct. 20
One week later
Two quizzes
To be determined
One week later
Final exam
Class participation
Problem sets
In syllabus
On syllabus
Within a week of being passed in

Class participation

Please speak up in class, and help me get to know you.

Problem sets

The syllabus indicates a set of problems from Comer associated with most lectures.Some lectures have supplemental problems. We’ll correct them within a week, usually.
Grades for late problem sets will be penalized twenty percent per week, pro rated.At the end of the course, we’ll drop the lowest scores (ranked by percentage).