Objective of the CourseThis course will allow students to develop background knowledge as well as core expertise in data communication and networking (DCN) technologies, which is one of the fastest growing industries in today’s world. It forms an integral part of the modern Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in any organizations. Starting from intranet/extranet in small offices to the World Wide Web, principles of DCN play an important role in designing any modern telecom infrastructure.
A major ramification of the fantastic growth of telecommunications and networking is a dramatic increase in the number of professions, where an understanding of DCN is essential for success. Today, students wanting to understand the concepts and mechanisms underlying DCN infrastructures come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Hence, to be useful, a course on DCN infrastructures must be accessible to students without technical backgrounds while still providing technical material comprehensive enough to challenge more experienced readers. This course is designed with this new mix of students in mind.
The course, being the first one on telecommunication and networking in the DOEACC hierarchy, starts from the very basics of communication technology and goes up to the Internet,spanning all the five layers of TCP/IP model. The students will be exposed to communication principles, different types of media, modulation techniques, multiplexing, switched networks, the Internet, TCP/IP suite, network security, mobile wireless communication, fibre-optic communications and the state-of-art networking applications.
At the end of the course the students would know:
- Evolution of data communication and networking paradigms
- Principles of data communication, channel characteristics, signaling, modulation
- and encoding, and multiplexing (SONET/SDH)
- Various transmission media, their comparative study, fibre optics and wireless
- Categories and topologies of networks (LAN and WAN)
- Layered architecture (OSI and TCP/IP) and protocol suites
- Channel error detection and correction, MAC protocols, Ethernet and WLAN
- Details of IP operations in the INTERNET and associated routing principles
- Operations of TCP/UDP, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, etc.
- Strategies for securing network applications in enterprises
- Emerging technologies, such as WDM mesh, mobile telephony etc