For Fall 2020, please see this page.
Instructor: Mohammad Hajiesmaili, firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: Tuesday/Thursday 10am-11:15pm
Location: LGRC A301
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm, Thursday, 4-5pm, CS358 Updated: Tuesday 11:15am-12pm, Thursday, 3-3:30pm (by appointment)
- Yutao Zhou, email@example.com, Wednesday 1-2pm, Friday, 12:30-1:30pm, LGRT220
- Xi Chen, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday 10-11am, LGRT220
Textbook: There is no official textbook for this class. We will use some material from the following textbooks:
Christopher G. Brinton and Mung Chiang, ‘‘The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives’’, Princeton University Press, 2016.
Mung Chiang, ‘‘Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers’’, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
James Kurose and Keith Ross, ‘‘Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (7th Edition)’’, 2016.
Course Prerequisites: No prerequisites except interest and desire to learn, and curiosity. More details: This course covers computer science topics, but all material will be presented in a way that is accessible with or without a strong technical background. Unlike other networking courses, the mathematics included here are no more complicated than adding and multiplying numbers. While mathematical details are necessary to fully specify the algorithms and systems we investigate, they are not required to understand the main ideas. We use illustrations, analogies, and anecdotes about networks as pedagogical tools in lieu of detailed equations.
Grading and evaluation:
- Midterm exams (35%): There will be two midterm exam throughout the semester, administered in class. Each mid-term exam will cover two modules of the course.
- Homework (written and hands-on) (35%): There will be five homework. These will consist of a few problems that are generally more challenging than the examples covered in class.
- Final (30%): A comprehensive final examination will be given at the end of the semester. The questions on the final will be of similar difficulty to those in the other exams. Final exam date: Friday, 5/1/2020, 8-10am.
Late submission policy: It is essential that the homeworks be completed on or before the deadline. No work will be accepted after the deadline, unless you have a valid medical reason. The homework with the lowest grade will be dropped for computing the final grade.
Disability Services: UMass Amherst is committed to making reasonable, effective, and appropriate accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities and help create a barrier-free campus. If you have a documented disability on file with Disability Services, you may be eligible for reasonable accommodations in this course. If your disability requires accommodation, please notify me within the first two weeks of the course so that we may make arrangements in a timely manner.
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