Course CSE310
Title Computer Networks
Credits 3
Course Coordinator

Samir Das


Overview of computer networks and the Internet. Concept of end systems, access networks, clients and servers. Connection-oriented and connectionless services. Circuit switching and packet switching. Description of Internet protocol layers, including application layer, transport layer, network layer and link layer. Architecture of the current Internet and the World-Wide Web. TCP/IP protocol stack. Internet routing and addressing. Local area network protocols, Ethernet hubs and switches. Wireless LANs. Multimedia networking. May not be taken by students with credit for ESE 346.

Bulletin Link

Prerequisite Prerequisites: C or higher: CSE 214 or 260; CSE 220 or ISE 218; CSE major or ISE major.

Advisory Pre- or Corequisite: AMS 310
Course Outcomes
  • Understanding of the conceptual foundations of computer network and layered protocol architecture.
  • Understanding of different types of computer networks, such as WANs, LANs, wireless networks, and circuit-packet-switched networks, and between different paradigms of network applications (peer-to-peer/client-server).
  • Understanding of the Internet architecture and the TCP/IP protocol suite, and details of representative protocols at the application, transport network and data link layers.
  • Ability to use current network programming technology.

James F. Kurose & Keith W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Addison Wesley, 7th ed., 2016.

Major Topics Covered in Course
  • Overview of Computer Networks and the Internet: End systems, clients, and servers, connection-oriented and connectionless services. Circuit switching and packet switching, Routing, Access networks, Physical transmission media, Layered architecture. TCP/IP protocol stack, Structure of the Internet.
  • Application Layer: Transport service requirements of various application protocols, Service models of TCP/IP transport protocols, HTTP FTP SMTP & MIME. DNS, Web caching; content distribution networks; peer-to-peer file sharing, Overview of multimedia networking applications, and TCP & UDP socket programming.
  • Transport Layer: Relationship between Transport and Network Layers, Multiplexing and Demultiplexing, UDP. TCP: reliable data transfer, flow control and congestion control mechanisms.
  • Network Layer and Routing: IPv4: addressing, switching, fragmentation and reassembly. NATs ICMP, Routing: overview of RIP, OSPF and BGP, Overview of IPv6.
  • Local Area Networks: Ethernet: MAC, CSMA/CD, the different types of Ethernets, Addressing and ARP, Hubs, Bridges and Routers, Wireless LANs.
  • Link Layer: PPP
  • Basics of distributed systems, including introduction to the CAP theorem, two-phase and three-phase commit protocols, and Paxos
Course Webpage