CSE 123: Computer Networks


The required textbook for this course is Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (5th edition) by Peterson and Davie. Earlier editions are also acceptable, but the reading assignments will use section numbers from the 5th edition. While each lecture will be supported by accompanying readings from the course text, the lectures may, from time to time, introduce material that is not in the textbook. You are expected to read the assigned portions of the textbook before coming to class, as they will serve as the basis for the in-class presentation.

Readings are not a substitute for lectures. You are responsible for all material covered in lecture, whether or not it appeared in any assigned readings.


This course will have roughly bi-weekly homework assignments, two substantial programming assignments, a midterm, and a final. Discussion sections will be held weekly to review the lecture material and answer questions about the readings, homeworks, and projects. Grades for this class will be based on:

Final grades will be curved.

No late assignments will be accepted. Exceptions for documented medical emergencies, death of an immediate family member, or other such life-altering situations must be requested fromt he instructor as soon as practical.


Date Topics Notes Readings
Fri 09/25 Class overview
Mon 09/28 Links and signaling
Wed 09/30 Modulation
HW 1 out 2.2
Fri 10/02 Layers & Framing
Project 1 out 2.3
Mon 10/05 (no class)
Wed 10/07 Error handling
HW 1 due 2.4
Fri 10/09 Reliable transmission
Mon 10/12 Flow Control
Wed 10/14 Media Access Control
HW 2 out 2.6
Fri 10/16 Bridging
Mon 10/19 Switching and Internetworking
Wed 10/21 Fragmentation & Addressing
HW 2 due 3.2-3.2.4
Fri 10/23 Aggregation
Mon 10/26 Naming
3.2.6, 9.3.1
Wed 10/28 (no class)
Project 1 due
Fri 10/30 Midterm Exam
Mon 11/02 Link-state Routing
3-3.3.1, 3.3.3
Wed 11/04 Distance-vector routing
Project 2 out 3.3.2
Fri 11/06 Router design
Mon 11/09 Interdomain routing
Wed 11/11 Veterans Day (no class)
HW 3 out
Fri 11/13 Border Gateway Protocol
Mon 11/16 Multicast
Wed 11/18 Transport protocols
HW 3 due 5.1-2
Fri 11/20 Congestion control
Mon 11/23 TCP & NAT
Sidebar p.335
Wed 11/25 Buffering and Scheduling
HW 4 out 6.2, 6.5
Fri 11/27 Thanksgiving Holiday (no class)
Mon 11/30 Scheduling and QoS
Wed 12/02 802.11
HW 4 due 2.7
Fri 12/04 Review
Project 2 due
Fri 12/11 Final Exam (8:00-11:00am)

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