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CSc 6523 Syllabus
[^] CSc 6523: Topics in Computer Networking
CSc 6523
Fall, 2016
3 Credits
Topics in Computer Networking
Instructor: Tom Bennet
Office: 302 MCC
Phone: 601-925-3815
Email: bennet@mc.edu
Text: ACM Digital Library
Web Page: http://sandbox.mc.edu/~bennet/cs6523

A study of computer networking theory and application.

Prerequisites: CSc 5423 or 423.

Instruction in this course is primarily through class discussion, problem-solving, and library research. Students will be assigned to read specific classic and current papers, and to research topics in the library. Specific papers and topics will vary from semester to semester.

After completing this course with a passing grade, students will understand the history of the ideas behind computer networking, how they have developed, the alternative approaches used, and what changes are currently taking place. Students will be able to read and understand the current networking research literature.

Students will be graded using exams and quizzes, written research papers, and class discussion.


Students will be graded on the following activities:
Activity Points
Discussion Participation 50
Topic Presentations 100
Mid-term Exam 60
Final Exam 100
Paper or Project 200


Each student will be assigned material to present at class meetings. This may be the contents of papers from the literature, the results of work the student has done, or some other presentation appropriate to the class. The instructor will attempt to honor student requests to present specific topics, but will have the final say.

There will be a midterm and a final exam. These will be take-home exams consisting of several essay questions on material covered in class. The assigned final date is December 8. Since the final is a take-home, we will not need sit for a final that day, but we will use it as a regular class if we need it to finish things up.

The term project may be a library research paper, or present the results of the student's own work. The topic must be approved by the instructor. A project which does not involve significant programming or original experimentation will be awarded no more than 180 points.

Grades will be assigned using the usual percentages:

Points Percent Grade
459 - 510 90%- 100% A
408 - 458 80%- 89% B
357 - 407 70%- 79% C
306 - 356 60%- 69% D
0 - 305 0%- 59% F

The last day to drop this course is Friday, Oct 28, 2016.

ACM Digital Library

Students must have access to the ACM Digital Library. To access the text of articles from this library, you must join the ACM and buy the digital portal. For students, this costs $42, which is less than the cost of a printed textbook in many classes. Here is the student membership application. At the bottom, there are four “Student Membership Options.” You need to choose one of the last two to get the digital library. Unless you particularly want the paper Communications, choose the very last checkbox, since it's cheaper.


Mississippi College class attendance policies as described on pp. 46 and 47 of the college catalog will be enforced. Absences may be excused for illness or other appropriate cause. Exams missed due to circumstances beyond the student's control may be made up at a mutually agreeable time and place. Adequate documentation of the cause of an absence may be required.

Academic Honesty

Mississippi College regulations regarding the integrity of academic work will be enforced. The computer science group has established the following addendum:

In a computer science class individual effort is expected. Student misconduct not only includes cheating on tests, but also extends to copying or collaborating on programming assignments, projects, lab work or research unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Using other people's accounts to do your work or having others do your work is prohibited. Close proximity in lab does not mean collaboration is permitted. NOTE: Discussing logical solutions to problems is acceptable, exchange of code, pseudocode, designs, or procuring solutions from the Web, other texts, the Internet or other resources on or off campus is not acceptable.

First offense: grade of 0 for all parties involved unless the guilty party can be determined. Second offense: grade of F in the course.