Catalog Entry (2012-2013):

4660 Telecommunications Engineering I(4) Standard telecommunications protocols, architecture of long distance integrated data networks, local area networks, wide area networks, radio and satellite networks. Network management, internetworking, system modeling and performance analysis. Prereq: CEEN 3610. CEEN 4630/8636 prior to or concurrent.(Cross-listed with CEEN 8666.)


Data and Computer Communications, 7th Edition. William Stallings. Pearson Prentice Hall 2004.
Network Simulation Experiments Manual. Emad Aboelela. Morgan Kaufmann 2003.

Class/Laboratory Schedule:

Lecture: 3 university hours per week; Laboratory: 3 university hours per week

Course Outcomes:

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  1. The student will possess understanding of general data communications and switched network principles, practices, and topology. (4,9fhi,13)
  2. The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the two important layered protocol architectures: the seven-layer OSI model and the TCP/IP protocol suite. (9hi)
  3. The student will be able to understand the differences between circuit-switched and packet-switched networks and the design and performance trade-offs of each. (9hi, 7,13)
  4. The student will be able to understand the distinction between datagram and virtual circuit packet-switched networks. (9hi)
  5. The student will have a working knowledge of the structure and design of ATM and be able to discuss it in terms of the seven-layer OSI reference model. (4,7,9fhi,13)
  6. The student will have a working knowledge of other commonly used WAN technologies and protocols including TCP/IP, Frame Relay, X.25, and ISDN. (9hi)
  7. The student will be able to discuss design and performance issues related to network routing strategies. (4,7,9fhi,13)
  8. The student will be able to discuss design issues and techniques associated with congestion control in traditional packet-switched and ATM networks. (7,9hi)
  9. The student will be able to use the OPNET graphical network simulator to construct networks, perform statistical analysis and make intelligent network design decisions to achieve desired network performance outcomes. (2,4,7,9f,13)

Course Topics:

  1. Introduction: Data Communications & Networking Overview (2 weeks)
    1. General Data Communications Concepts Overview
      1. Analog vs. Digital Data, Signals & Communication Systems
      2. Multiplexing: TDM, FDM
      3. Relationships of Bandwidth and Data Rate: Nyquist & Shannon Theorems
    2. Data Communications Networking Overview
      1. Point-to-Point Network
      2. Multiple Access Network
      3. General Switched Network Concepts
      4. Internetworking Scenario
      5. LAN Overview
        1. Topologies and LAN devices (hubs, bridges, routers, switches)
        2. Switched Ethernet
      6. WAN Introduction
    3. Protocol Architectures Review
      1. OSI model
  2. Circuit Switched & Packet Switched Networks (3 weeks)
    1. Circuit Switched Public Switched Telephone Network example
    2. Datagrams vs. Virtual Circuits Packet Switched Networks
  3. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) (2.5 weeks)
    1. Virtual channel concept
    2. Cell structure
    3. ATM service categories
  4. Routing in Switched Networks (3 weeks)
    1. Types of Routing Strategies: Fixed, Flooding, Random, Adaptive
    2. Least-Cost Routing Algorithms
  5. Congestion Control and Traffic Management (2.5 weeks)
    1. General Concepts for WANs
    2. ATM Implementations
  6. Internetwork Protocols & TCP/IP (1 week)
    1. TCP/IP Protocol Suite
    2. Internetworking as an extension of WAN concepts
  7. Exams (1 week)

The Reason this Course is in the Program:

This is a terminal senior level course designed to familiarize the student with general networking topics as well as to build a good understanding of commonly used telecommunications network technologies and protocols.

Prepared by:

Alisa Gilmore - October 16, 2003