Course Syllabus



Course number
CSE 224
Course Title
Graduate Networked Systems
Computer Science and Engineering
Lecture meeting time
Tu/Th 8:00 to 9:20
Lecture meeting location
Final exam time
Dec/11/2018, 8:00am to 10:59am, location TBD

Teaching staff

Discussion sections

Required texts

The texts below are available for free online.

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 5th ed., by Larry Peterson and Bruce Davie.

Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, 3rd ed., Andrew S. Tanenbaum and Maaten Van Steen.


The course will include weekly assignments, a mid-term, and a final exam.

We will be using to manage assignments this quarter. The “code” to find this course is M57EG7.

Course policies

Getting help

If you have questions about the material, an assignment, or want to discuss any course-related matters, please do so (1) during class, (2) during the discussion sections, (3) during the Professor’s office hours, or (4) during any of the TA office hours. Each homework will have a “head TA” assigned to it who will be coordinating that assignment. If you have questions about the material in the assignment, expectations, etc., please address these during the TA sections or office hours. The professor and TAs will generally not be available through any online discussion boards such as Piazza for assignment related questions. If you have a matter which requires a private discussion, you can email the professor to setup an in-person meeting to discuss the matter. A bit more context on this approach is outlined in this post.

Late work

For homeworks, a 25% penalty will be assessed to assignments turned in up to 24 hours late. No homeworks will be accepted after 24 hours past the due date/time. The mid-term will be given during one of the lectures, and it cannot be made up. The final exam will be given during the standard exam time, and it cannot be made up either. If you fail the final exam, you will receive an F in the course.

Regrade requests

Any regrade requests or grading issues must be brought to the instructor’s attention within 72 hours of the assignment being handed back for consideration. Any regrades will consider the entire assignment, and so your score may go up, stay the same, or go down.

Collaboration policy

Students may discuss the homework with other students in the class and the course staff. Assistance must be limited to discussion of the problem and sketching general approaches to a solution. Each student must separately write out and/or code their own solutions to assignments. You must list the names of anyone in the class with whom you discussed your assignment in your assignment submission. Do not share your code with others in the class or let other students look at your code–that is considered academic dishonesty. policy

If you use, BitBucket, or any other cloud-hosted source code repository, you must ensure that it is not readable by anyone other than you (and/or the course staff). To help facilitate this, we will make available a “classroom” version of GitHub that you can optionally use that is free and defaults to private mode.

Uploading any assignments or materials from this course to the web, or to public GitHub repo, during the term will be considered an act of academic dishonesty. If you have any questions about this policy, please ask the instructor.

Submitting materials

All homeworks and projects need to be submitted to We will not accept assignments via email or other methods.

Student expectations

Academic honesty

In this course, you are expected to adhere to the UCSD Policy on Integrity of scholarship. Any evidence of academic dishonesty on any assignment or exam will resort in an F in the class and a report to the university.

Electronic device policy

Studies have shown that using a computer during class can distract you and those around you. In fact, a majority of students tend to support a prohibition on electronic devices in class!

I will let you decide for yourself whether you’d like to use a computer or tablet during class, however to help those students that want to avoid distractions, I’m prohibiting the use of laptops and other electronic devices in the first few rows of the classroom (roughly the front half of the room). If you’d like to avoid distractions, please sit in those rows. Regardless of where you sit, you may not cause a distraction to your neighbors. This means that you may not watch TV/movies/video or play games on your computer/device if you bring one.

Disability Access

Students requesting accommodations for this course due to a disability or current functional limitation must provide a current Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) letter issued by the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) which is located in University Center 202 behind Center Hall. Students are required to present their AFA letters to Faculty (please make arrangements to contact me privately) and to the CSE OSD Liaison in the department in advance so that accommodations may be arranged.

Title IX Compliance

The University recognizes the inherent dignity of all individuals and promotes respect for all people. If you feel that any part of the class, members of the class, or teaching staff are not upholding this standard, please let the instructor know immediately, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can reach out directly to the Office for the prevention of harassment and discrimination.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering a learning environment for this course that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and respects your identities (including race, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sex, class, sexuality, religion, ability, age, educational background, etc.). Our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive learning environment where all students feel comfortable and can thrive.

Our instructional staff will make a concerted effort to be welcoming and inclusive to the wide diversity of students in this course. If there is a way we can make you feel more included please let one of the course staff know, either in person, via email/discussion board, or even in a note under the door. Our learning about diverse perspectives and identities is an ongoing process, and we welcome your perspectives and input.

We also expect that you, as a student in this course, will honor and respect your classmates, abiding by the UCSD Principles of Community ( Please understand that others’ backgrounds, perspectives and experiences may be different than your own, and help us to build an environment where everyone is respected and feels comfortable. If you experience any sort of harassment or discrimination, please contact the instructor as soon as possible. If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, please contact the Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination:

Attendance Policy

You are responsible for everything that takes place in class and during your assigned discussion section, however we will not take official attendance or anything like that. I will sometimes make annoncements on the course webpage, so please check that regularly.