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COSC 525: Advanced Networking
Fall 2020

Instructor: Prof. Benjamin E. Ujcich
Instructor Email: bu31 [at] georgetown [dot] edu

TA: Zhao Zhang
TA Email: zz156 [at] georgetown [dot] edu

Room: Virtual meeting room via Zoom (see Canvas course page for link)
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET

Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET, and by appointment (via Zoom)

Course Description

This course is a graduate-level treatment of the concepts and principles of data communications and computer networking. Topics covered include network architecture and layering, packet and circuit switching, addressing, intra- and inter-networking, routing protocols, network management, network applications, and recent advances in computer networks.

Textbook and Readings

Course Communications

The information on this course website is subject to change.

We will make use of the following communication methods during this course:

  • Lectures will be managed through Zoom.
  • Grades, lecture recordings, homework, and exams will be managed through Canvas.
  • The class discussion forum will be managed through Piazza.

For administrative issues, email the course instructor.


See the assignments page for more information. Semester grades will be calculated as follows:

  • 15%: Homework assignments
  • 20%: Midterm exam
  • 25%: Paper readings and presentations
    • 10%: Paper reviews
    • 15%: Paper presentation
  • 35%: Term project
    • 5%: Proposal
    • 10%: Midpoint report
    • 10%: Final presentation
    • 10%: Final report
  • 5%: Discussion participation

University and Department Policies

The course follows the Departmental Honor Policy. If you are unsure whether or not a certain practice is permissible, please ask the instructor beforehand.

Your participation in virtual courses is subject to the University’s Policy on Audio and Video Recordings During Virtual Learning Environment. Please familiarize yourself with the full policy here.

University policies can be found here.