CS 420/520: Data Communications

Welcome to CS420/520 Data Communications. This course is offered in the Spring Semester 2020 at the University of Idaho in Moscow and is also available in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. The course is taught by Dr. Axel Krings.

This web-page contains information about the course, e.g. syllabus, class notes, pointers to interesting places etc. Material can be down-loaded in pdf format, and will be made available in the updated form as the class goes on. To get an idea of what this class is about, take a look at the Spring 2018 page. However, materials and topics constantly change, and this class will be no exception. If you have comments, please let me know.

Engineering Outreach students, there are several things you should know. First of all, if you are trying to contact me, you can call 800-824-2889 ext. 4078 (toll free). Please download the class material from the web page. Engineering Outreach students need to have web access with ssh capability to local workstations.

Course description: this course covers the concepts and terminology of data communications, electrical interfaces, data transmission, protocols, local area networks, wide area networks, inter-networking, network management, architectures, transmission alternatives, as well as some regulatory issues. For an approximate list of topics please refer to the Complete CS420/520 Class Handouts of the Spring 2018 semester page. Note: This class has Operating Systems and Computer Organization and Architecture as prereq. In a 400/500 level computer science class I expect working knowledge of unix and MS operating systems as well as programming ability.