CSCE 416 : Introduction to Computer Networks

T Th 10:05am-11:20am (Darla Moore School of Business 136)



Srihari Nelakuditi
Email: username=srihari   domain=cse dot sc dot edu
Office: 2207 Storey Innovation Center
Phone: 777-7206
Office hours: T Th 11:30am-12:30pm

Teaching Assistants

Theodore Stone
Email: username=tstone   domain=cse dot sc dot edu
Office: 1207 Storey Innovation Center
Phone: 777-8055
Office hours: M 12:00-1:00pm, R 12:30-1:30pm

Nathaniel Stone
Email: username=nlstone   domain=cse dot sc dot edu
Office: 1207 Storey Innovation Center
Phone: 777-8055
Office hours: T 12:30-1:30pm, W 12:00-1:00pm

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer communication networks, their protocols, and applications. Topics to be covered include: layered network architectures, applications, network programming interfaces (e.g., sockets), transport, physical media, data link protocols, local area networks and network routing. Examples will be drawn primarily from the Internet (e.g., TCP, UDP, and IP) protocol suite.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe and compare the basic technologies used in communications systems.
  2. Describe the organization of computer networks and evaluate alternative organizations.
  3. Evaluate the protocols used in computer networks.
  4. Communicate technical information in written reports.



A rudimentary understanding of computer architecture, operating systems, and probability would be helpful.

Coursework and Evaluation:

The letter grade is assigned based on your preformance relative to the overall class performance. However, you are guaranteed to receive at least the following grade for the given range of scores.

Assignment/Project Submission Policy

All the laboratory projects have to be done individually. Project reports must be submitted through Dropbox. No late submissions.

If you have questions regarding the grading of your projects or exams, you must come to see the instructor within two weeks after the date your  projects or exams have been returned to you. If you cannot see us within two weeks, you need to email us within two weeks and make an appointment. If you believe that your projects or exams  have been lost, please notify us as soon as possible (within two weeks). We are not responsible for missing projects or exams  two weeks after they have been returned.

Class Attendance Policy

Students are obligated to complete all assigned work promptly, to attend class regularly, and to participate in whatever class discussion may occur. Absence from more than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions, whether excused or unexcused, is excessive and the instructor may choose to exact a grade penalty for such absences. It is of particular importance that a student who anticipates absences in excess of 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions receives prior approval from the instructor. Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on the class attendance policy.)

Honor Code

Every student has a role in maintaining the academic reputation of the University. Students are to refrain from engaging in plagiarism, cheating, falsifying their work, and/or assisting other students in violating the Honor Code. Two important components of the Honor Code are: Your enrollment in this class signifies your willingness to accept these responsibilities and uphold the Honor Code of the University of South Carolina. Please review the Honor Code via Any deviation from this expectation can result in a failing grade and a referral to the Office of Academic Integrity.