Section 1
Winter 2014


CIS585 Communication and Information Services (4)

Prerequisite: CIS 504 or permission of instructor.

Winter 2014


Time:Tuesday 6:10pm-10:00pm

Location: Salazar Hall, Room C367A



Song Xing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Office: Simpson Tower, Room 605
Phone: (323)343-2917

Office hours: Monday 12:10pm-4:10pm. Send the instructor email for an appointment for other times. 

Objectives:  This course will provide students with a comprehensive and accessible approach to data communications and networking. It encompasses a wide range of protocols, topologies, and applications in telecommunications, data communications, and computer networks. Coverage includes data transmission technologies, telecommunications systems, computer LANs and WANs, the Internet, communication system architecture and protocols, wireless and multimedia communications, and network security.

Raymond Panko & Julia Panko, Business Data Networks and Security, 9th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2013, ISBN 0-13-274293-4.

Behrouz A. Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2013, ISBN 0073376221. (optional)

J. S. Beasley & P. Nilkaew, Networking Essentials, 3rd Ed, Pearson IT Certification, 2012, ISBN: 978-0789749031 (optional, online at CSULA Library Site for free reading).

  • If you are on campus, you can go directly to this link. If you are off campus, you will need to go to Campus Library’s website first, then select the Safari Books Online option. You will next be asked to login with you campus User Name and Password. Once you login with you campus credentials, you should be able to search and read the book.


  1. Introduction to Computer Networks.
  2. Network Models
  3. Tansmission Technoloyies.
  4. Topologies and Ethernet Standards.
  5. Connecting LANs, Backbone Networks, and Virtual LANs.
  6. Virtual-Circuit Networks: Frame Relay and ATM.
  7. Internet Access and Remote Connectivity.
  8. In-Depth TCP/IP Networking
  9. Internet Applications.
  10. Network Security.
The schedule of lecture topics and reading assignments is listed on the Schedule page of the course web site. The detailed lecture slides will be posted on the Lectures page of the course web site before the class begins. The References & Other page of the course web site also lists many useful links for helping people to study the course.


There will be regular homework assignments, a grop research project, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. A final grade will be determined using the following weights: Homework 8%, Mid-term Exam 35%, Final Exam 40%, Research Project 15%, Class participation and attendance 2%.


Homework assignments must be done individually. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following cases will be considered as violations: identical answers and extremely similar answers.

The extension of the homework due day is possible and will be announced in the class. People who submit the homework on time will earn extra credits if there is an extension. However, any submission will not be accepted after the homework sloutions are posted online.

Research Project:

The group research project requires investigation of technologies in network communications. The requirements for this assignment are fully described in a separate document on the Project page of the course web site.


The tentative date for the mid-term is Feb 11, Tuesday, 6:10pm-8:10pm. The Final exam is scheduled for Mar 18, Tuesday, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

The exams will contain the True/False questions, Multiple Choice questions, and a couple of small questions. The final exam is not cumulative and it will only cover the material talked after the mid-term exam. The study guides and exam sample questions will be posted on the Homework page of the course web site. You are allowed to use one page note in two exams.

Make-up exams will be given only in unusual circumstances beyond the student's control. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made in advance.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Send the instructor ( email in advance if you have to miss a class due to emergency or sickness.

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