TDC 563 Protocols and Techniques for Data Networks

Office: 55 E. Jackson Room 713
Fall 2016-2017
Class number: 32664
Section number: 701
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01107 Loop Campus


This course examines several advanced network protocol topics, with particular focus on current, advanced core Internet technologies, protocols and operational issues. The global routing system that runs on BGP, the domain name system (DNS) and internetwork security issues for instance will all receive significant attention. We will also spend some time on the transmission control protocol (TCP) as an example of a protocol that aims to provide end-to-end based flow control and reliability on top of an otherwise unreliable substrate. The development and ongoing challenges of the Internet system, it's design, development and support requirements will be covered. Important operational systems utilizing NTP, NetFlow, SNMP and syslog will also receive some attention. Security services and protocols such as SSL/TLS and SSH will be examined. As demand and time allow, we may cover a number of related advanced networking protocol topics.

While we will focus our attention on the ubiquitous TCP/IP protocol suite, the lectures will not only cover protocol basics, design and operational considerations (i.e. why are things the way they are), but also delve into a number of real-world case studies. These opportunities will often feature some of the most interesting material, leveraging the instructor's experience and roles outside of the classroom and lab.


  • Internetworking with TCP/IP Volume One (6th Edition), Douglas E. Comer, ISBN-13: 978-0136085300 (CDM Assigned and Required Book)

  • Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches and Internetworking Protocols (2nd Edition), Radia Perlman, ISBN-13: 978-0201634488 (recommended)


  • Quizzes (25%)

  • Homework (25%)

  • Mid-Term (25%)

  • Final-Exam(25%)

  • Extra Credit Opportunities


  • TDC 463

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