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					Northern Illinois University                                                                           Spring 2001

                                        COURSE SYLLABUS                                    1/2001

                                   OMIS660 Business Telecommunications

                                                 Course Syllabus

                                                    Spring 2001

                OMIS660- 001 M 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. RM: McMurry AUD

Instructor                     :   Charletta F. Gutierrez
Office                         :   Wirtz 209K — 753-6377 or (773) 866-0412
Office Hours                   :   MW 1:00 – 3:30 & M 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. OR by Appointment
E-mail                         :

This course is designed to familiarize the students with the fundamentals of business telecommunications from
the perspective of business applications. This includes, evaluation of hardware needed for effective business
telecommunications, technical concepts, network configurations, protocols and software. A majority of the
course will be presented in lecture format. The emphasis will be on the textbook's abbreviated version of the OSI
Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model for data communications. However, we will discuss the
expanded OSI model and the specific functions of each of the original seven layers.

Students will be required to complete projects using COMNET III and NetVIS, which are Windows-based
simulation tools for WAN, LAN and internetworking design, available in the lab only. These projects require
examination of communications systems requirements and selection of techniques suitable for meeting the
system requirements. Additionally students will be required to learn basic HTML for web design, without the
advantage of a design tool, that is, using a text editor only.

TEXTBOOK (required):
    FitzGerald, Jerry and Alan Dennis, Business Data Communications and Networking

    Panko, Business Data Communications and Networking 3nd Edition
    Carr and Synder, Management of Telecommunications
    Vargo and Hunt, Telecommunications in Business
    Ackerman, E. Learning to Use the World Wide Web

Course Goals
    Develop your knowledge of the fundamental concepts of data communications and networking with practical
    Understand that the fundamental concepts build a foundation from which new technologies and applications
     can be understood, evaluated and compared.
    Learn the basics of web development, keeping in mind the needs of a wide variety of readers.
    Prepare yourself for industry.
    Learn to work with and respect others and enjoy the course.

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Course Objectives (after completing the course the students should)
    Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamentals of data communications and networking.
    Be able to demonstrate a strong knowledge of the OSI reference model, including the specific functions of
     each of the layers.
    Be able to apply a systems approach to the design of a data communications network using the tools
     provided in the course.
    Proficiency in basic HTML.
    Understand a variety of global issues related to telecommunications, including the need for international
    Understand and describe the different networking technologies and protocols.
    Understand the different types of media technologies.
    Demonstrate an understanding of both circuit-switched and packet-switched services.
    Be able to make suggestions on improving performance in the different technologies.
    Be able to describe the network management functions.
    Be able to demonstrate knowledge in network security.

OMIS 507 or consent of the department. Note: This course is not available to students with credit in OMIS 460
or equivalent.

This course is designed under the assumption that you have mastered MANY of the following technical areas:

    Some structured programming skills.
    Basic data concepts: such as binary, octal, hexadecimal, files, ASCII, etc.
    Familiarity with the Windows environment, MS Word, MS Excel and a text editor (Notepad, Wordpad, Edit)

Students rusty in any of the above listed technical areas are expected to review the
appropriate manuals and text materials.

At this point in your professional development you should know your weak areas and be prepared to improve your
level of knowledge through self–study. Companies that hire and pay correspondingly high salaries to our
graduates expect them to be well–trained and competent professionals. No less will be expected of you in this

All projects and/or research are designed to provide an environment to introduce you to network applications and
to practice and refine your development skills. As such, they require application of all system knowledge gained
in the previous courses. Projects are extremely difficult to complete with any level of proficiency if started
late or rushed. Projects are an integral part of the learning process required to master course material. Projects
should be started as soon as possible and finished before they are due. Exams will cover material from
lectures, reading assignments, in class assignments and skills learned from the computer projects. Failure to
complete an assignment will be detrimental to your grade on the project as well as on the exam.

Assignment/Project Due Schedule:

Number     Assignment                                                                    Due at Class Time
 1  Internet Assignment                                                                  February 5
 2  Research Paper/Presentations                                                         March 26
 3  NetVIS Assignment                                                                    April 16
 4  Comnet III Design Assignment                                                         April 30

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Project 1:
Project 1 will be to create a web site using HTML and a text editor. No automated tools will be allowed. This is an
introduction to HTML. This assignment will be an extension of the Web design that the students have already
been exposed to in previous courses. However, students will be required to create a page that is handicap

Project 2:
Project 2 is a team research project. Students are required to research a topic in data communications. The
instructor will prepare a list of topics relating to new technology in the field of data communications from which
the students may select a topic. The research paper should be 10 pages double-spaced. Students are required
to provide at least 10 references, with no more than 5 coming from the web. Additionally, at least two of the
references must come from scholarly journals. Students will be required to attach copies of the reference
material with the paper when it is turned in. In addition, each team prepare a 30 minute talk/discussion about
their specific topic for presentation to the class.

Project 3:
Individuals will be required to document a network using the network diagramming and documentation tool
netVIS. NetVIS is available in the Advanced Application Center (AAC) only. The specifics of the assignment will
be handed out and discussed in the eleventh (11 ) week of class.

Project 4:
Individuals will be required to design a network and create traffic flows with the tool available in COMNET III.
COMNET III is available in all business school labs. The specifics of the assignment will be handed out and
discussed in the eleventh (11 ) week of class.

Each assignment is to include:

1. 3.5” disk containing your assignment and the files necessary to run it. Your disk must contain a clean label
   (NOT a post-it-note). With your name and the file names clearly identified. If your assignment requires
   more than 1.4 meg, you may use an iomega zip disk.

2. Documentation should be clearly marked and bound in a folder. Remember that the professional
   appearance of all assignments is necessary for full credit.

Note: Any assignment handed in late (after class has begun on the due date) may receive no more than 75%
credit. Thus, it is advisable to hand in what you have on the due date.


There will be two exams given for this course. The exams will consist of multiple choice,
true/false, short answer and essay questions.

Chapter quizzes/In-class assignments:

Up to seven quizzes and/or in-class assignments will be given during class time. These
assignments are designed to help student keep up with the reading and prepare them for the
coming exams. These quizzes or assignments will be worth 10 points each. Students will not
be allowed to make up quizzes.

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Up to 2 (two) quiz grades will be given for class participation. The instructor will ask questions
during class time, students who choose to answer questions or ask intelligent questions during
class, will be given one point for that class period. These points will be totaled at the end of
the semester to provide points for two quiz grades. Those students who choose not to
participate will not earn any participation points, and thus receive two quiz grades of zero.

Grade Distribution

         Midterm Exam                                                                    20%
         Final Exam                                                                      20%
         Quizzes, in-class assignments, participation and professionalism                15%
         Web Project                                                                     10%
         Research Paper/Presentation                                                     15%
         Design Project - netVIS                                                         10%
         Design Project - COMNET III                                                     10%
 NOTE: Students are entitled to and deserve respect, courtesy and tolerance. Likewise, faculty, staff
       and fellow students deserve the same from other students. Thus, the professionalism points.

Grading Policy

A traditional ten-point grading scale will be used:

         90-100% = A           80-89.9% = B     70-79.9% = C
         60-69.9% = D          below 60 = F

Class Policies
Attendance is strongly encouraged to perform well in this course. You are expected to be on time for the class.
Active participation is encouraged. It is expected that the students would act in a professional manner during the
class. The OMIS attendance policy will be used in extreme cases of absenteeism. In addition, one quiz grade
is derived from student attendance.

Students are encouraged to complete the reading assignment before the start of the class. The class time will be
used to discuss the major points of the reading assignment. Computer assignments are due in the classroom by
the beginning of class on the due date. Late assignments may receive at most 75% of the grade earned.
Incomplete or incorrect assignments will be penalized. Turn in what you have by the scheduled time for any
partial credit you may have earned. Professionals are expected to schedule their work efficiently and to allow for
unexpected failures (contingency planning) and as such, you are expected to meet these same standards.
Graded assignments may be picked up at class or from me (during office hours).

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Missed Exams
Missed exams for validated reasons may be made up with a revised exam. This exam (if needed) will be
scheduled at the instructor's convenience sometime between the date missed and final exam week.
Rescheduled exams do not participate in any curve that may have been applied to the regularly
scheduled exam.

The grade of "I" is not given except for appropriately documented emergencies (illness or death) and then only
within the guidelines of stated University policy.

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is very important. Students will adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards. All
work submitted will be the result of each individual student's own effort, unless the assignment is to be performed
in a group. Effort will be made to identify instances of cheating and severe sanctions may result if it has been
determined that cheating has occurred. Cheating on an assignment will result in a failing grade for that
assignment. Cheating on an exam will result in a failing grade for the course. Individuals who receive a failing
grade due to cheating will also be referred to the University Judicial office for disciplinary action.
NOTE: Plagiarism is cheating, therefore you must identify all sources of reference for your assignments.
See the following web pages on Academic Integrity for additional information on plagiarism.
Center for Academic Integrity
A perspective on cheating from an anonymous student who cheated:

Physical or Learning Disability
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please speak to me after
class, make an appointment to see me, or see me during my office hours during the first two weeks of the
semester. To request and initiate services, you must submit to CAAR (Center for Access-Ability Resources) the
necessary and appropriate official documentation verifying the disability. This type of documentation varies
depending on the type of disability. CAAR provides services for persons with hearing or visual impairments,
mobility/physical disabilities, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder or traumatic brain injury/illness. For
additional information contact the CAAR Director at University Health Service, Room 408, telephone (815) 753-
1303. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the request for accommodation.

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                                                    CLASS SCHEDULE

This is a tentative schedule. This schedule is subject to change if time does not permit us to
complete all topics.

Week                                   Topic                                   Reading         Due Assignments

1        Jan 22                Introduction / Course Syllabus / Course Objectives

                               Introduction to Data Communications             FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 1

2        Jan 29                Network Applications                            FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 2

                               HTML Introduction                               Handouts

3        Feb 5                 OSI Reference Model                             Handouts

                               Physical Layer: Architectures, Devices & Circuts FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 3

                                                                               Internet Assignment Due

 4       Feb 12                Physical Layer: Data Transmission               FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 4

 5       Feb 19                Data Link Layer                                 FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 5

 6       Feb 26                Network Layer                                   FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 6

 7       March 5               Midterm Exam

         March 9               (Friday)                                        Last day to Drop Course

         March 10 - March 18              S P R I N G B R E A K - NO CLASSES

8        March 19              Local Area Networks                             FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 7

9        March 26              Student Presentations                           Research Paper Due

10       April 2               High-Speed LAN and Backbone Networks            FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 8

11       April 9               Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks             FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 9

12       April 16              Network Design                                  FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 10

                                                                               NetVIS Assignment Due

13       April 23              Network Management                              FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 11

14      April 30               Network Security / Review                       FitzGerald & Dennis: Ch: 12

                                                                               Comnet III Design Assignment Due

15      May 7 (Monday)                 FINAL EXAM - 6:00 - 9:10

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