MIS 440doc - MIS 440SYLLABUS

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MIS 440doc - MIS 440SYLLABUS


    School of Business and Public Administration

    Department of Management and Marketing

    MIS 440

    Data Communications

    Winter 2010

     Instructor: Dr. Hossein Bidgoli

     Office: BPA 201

     Telephone: 654-2331 (Office)



Office Hours: MW 2:55-3:10 PM, MW 7:15-7:30 PM & T 7:45 AM 11:45 AM

     and by appointment

    Texts: 1. Handbook of Business Data Communications: A Managerial Perspective by

    Hossein Bidgoli, Academic Press, 2000.

     2. Selected Materials.

Course Objectives:

     This course presents a thorough coverage of data communications and

    networking in a business environment. Types of communications systems,

    client-serve model, wireless networks, WANs, LANs, MANs, hardware and

    software requirements, cost and benefit, security issues and measures, and

    applications of data communications in the business world will be explored. The

    course explores the Internet as the backbone for the information superhighway.

    Components, architecture and applications of the Internet in a business

    environment will be discussed. The course by combining lectures and hands-

    on demonstrations provides state-of-the-art coverage of the growing data

    communications technologies.

Learning Objectives: After completion of this course you should be able to:

    ; Define data communications systems and elaborate on the components and topologies of

    these systems.

    ; Define the Internet, intranets, extranets and global networks. ; Understand, in a hands-on environment the working principles of the Internet. ; Understand LANs, MANs, WANs, and client-server architecture.

    ; Define communications media (wired and wireless).

    ; Explain the seven layers of the OSI reference model.

    ; Elaborate on TCP/IP as a popular protocol.

    ; Define important hardware and software used in a data communications environment.


    ; Define and discuss popular LAN operating systems including Windows NT (2000),

    NetWare and Linux.

    ; Highlight criteria for selecting a LAN operating system. ; Define mobile and wireless networks.

    ; Define computer security, measures and implementation issues of a comprehensive

    security system.

    ; Define the network development and management life cycle (NDMLC) process. ; Understand the Internet principles, tools, supporting technologies and applications.

Week #1 (1, 4)

; Class orientation

    ; An overview of telecommunications and data communications systems ; Data communications applications

    ; The OSI reference model

    ; The Internet: An overview

     *Assignment: Read Chapter 1, Bidgoli

     *Term projects will be assigned

Week #2 (1, 11)

; Data communications media: Wired and wireless

    ; Selecting appropriate media for specific applications ; Components of a telecommunication system

    ; The Internet: A hands-on session

     *Assignment: Read Chapters 2-3, Bidgoli

     * Outline for the term projects are due

     * Weekly Projects

Week #3 (1, 18)

; Standards and protocols in data communications

    ; The OSI reference model: A second look

    ; All about TCP/IP protocols

    ; All about e-mail as the most popular application of data communications ; Network applications

    ; Network characteristics

    ; Network terminology

     *Assignment: Read Chapter 4 Bidgoli

     * Weekly Projects


Week #4 (1, 25)

; An overview of LANs and WANs

    ; Hardware for data communications: An overview ; Local area networks architectures ; LAN administration

    ; New trends in a LAN environment ; Hardware and software for LANs

     *Assignment: Read Chapters 5-6 Bidgoli

     * Weekly Projects

Week #5 (2, 1)

; Network topologies

    ; Metropolitan and wide area networks ; Backup systems

    ; Network selection criteria

    ; Searching the Web

     *Assignment: Read Chapter 7 Bidgoli

     * Weekly Projects


Week #6 (2, 8)

; Review of the test

    ; Mobile and wireless networks

    ; When to choose a wireless network over a wired network

    ; Wireless networks business applications ; Resources on the Web

     *Assignment: Read Chapter 8 Bidgoli

     * Weekly Projects

     * Student presentations


Week #7 (2, 15)

; Security Issues and Measures

    ; Three layers of a successful security system ; E-commerce security

    ; Network development and management: A life cycle approach

    ; In-house development versus outsourcing ; Network management

    ; All about FTP

     *Assignment: Read Chapters 9-10 Bidgoli

     *Student presentations

     * Weekly Projects

Week #8 (2, 22)

; Social, organizational and legal issues in a network environment

    ; Intranets and extranets

    ; Advanced e-mail topics

     *Assignment: Read Chapters 11-12, Bidgoli

     *Student presentations

     * Weekly Projects

Week #9 (3, 1)

; Global networks

    ; Obstacles in designing global networks ; Business applications of networks ; Advanced communications tools

     *Assignment: Read Chapters 13-14, Bidgoli

     *Student presentations

     * Weekly Projects

Week #10 (3, 8)

    ; Advanced Web and Networking topics ; Web portals and their applications in the E-commerce Environment

    ; Customizing Web portals

    *Assignment: None

     *Student presentations


Week #11 (3, 15)

*Student presentations

    Catching up!!!


    (Total of 620 Points)

     First Test 150 Points

     Final Test 150 Points

     Weekly projects (Week 2-9) and brief oral presentations 90 Points

     Research Project Written 130 Points

     Research Project Oral 60 Points

     Research outline 20 points

     Class Participation (includes active participation and presence) 20 Points

    Note 1: The written reports are due the last session of week 10. The instructor will

     announce the date and time for oral presentations.

    Note 2: All the written reports must include a table of contents page, an executive

     summery page and a bibliography page.

     Note 3: Research projects will be conducted individually. Each student must make a

    brief presentation on the topic every week. The final oral presentations will

    begin in week 6.


    Selected topics for research projects

    1. Convergence of Data, Voice and Video 2. Windows NT/ 2000 OS

    3. Linux OS

    4. Novell NetWare OS

    5. Intranets and Extranets: Technologies and Applications 6. Peer-to Peer Computing

    7. Security measures -Computer Viruses and Worms 8. Security measures- Denial of Access Attacks 9. Mobile commerce (M-commerce)

    10. Internet Applications

    11. Security measures- Intrusion Detection Systems 12. Security measures-Biometrics

    13. Security measures-Firewalls

    14. Wireless LANs

    15. Web Portals

    16. Global Information Systems

    17. Digital Signatures

    18. Cable Modems and DSL

    19. Client-Server Computing

    20. Computer Conferencing

    21. ISDN (broadband and baseband)

    22. GroupWare

    23. New Development in the Internet (Internet2,…)

    24. Virtual organizations and Virtual Teams 25. Networking Certification Requirements 26. Security measures -Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 27. Voice commerce (V-commerce)

    28. Internet-based EDI

    29. Digital Communications

    30. Security measures- Encryption

    31. Managerial Applications of Data Communications 32. Important Events in Data Communications History


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