Course Number
Next Offered
Spring 2024
Primary Program
Computer Science
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Format
Online, Onsite

This course provides an introduction to the field of data communications and computer networks. The course covers the principles of data communications, the fundamentals of signaling, basic transmission concepts, transmission media, circuit control, line sharing techniques, physical and data link layer protocols, error detection and correction, data compression, common carrier services and data networks, and the mathematical techniques used for network design and performance analysis. Potential topics include analog and digital signaling; data encoding and modulation; Shannon channel capacity; synchronous and asynchronously transmission; RS232 physical layer interface standards; FDM, TDM, and STDM multiplexing techniques; inverse multiplexing; analog and digital transmission; V series modem standards; PCM encoding and T1 transmission circuits; LRC, VRC, and CRC error detection techniques; Hamming and Viterbi forward error correction techniques; character and bit-oriented protocols, information transparency, and BSC and HDLC data link layer protocols; Huffman, MNP5, and Lempel-Ziv-Welch data compression algorithms; circuit, message, packet, and cell switching techniques; public key and symmetric encryption algorithms, authentication, digital signature, and message digest techniques, secure e-mail, PGP, TSL/SSL, Kerberos, and IPsec security algorithms; Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and TCP/IP networks; reliability, availability, and queuing analysis performance techniques.

Course Offerings


Principles of Data Communications Networks

01/23/2024 - 04/30/2024
Tues 4:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
Kossiakoff Center K7
Notes: This course is face-to-face format. Students participate in-person at the Applied Physics Laboratory. COVID-19 and Flu vaccination compliance is mandatory for enrollment in this course. All students must upload proof of vaccination or request and receive an exemption in the Vaccination Management System ( prior to start of class.
Spring 2024
Course Format
Applied Physics Laboratory
Course Materials