Ronald A. Johnson
Covers local and wide-area computer networking including topologies and hardware, packet switching, client/server architectures, network protocols, and network servers and applications. Also addresses server operating systems, management, security, authentication, and policy issues associated with distributed networks.
From management, strategic, policy, market and public perspectives covers the internet, as well as intra-networking tecnologies. Addresses basic network architectures, topologies, hardware, management, protocols, security and privacy aspects and their limitations, as well as broadband access and digital divide issues. Also intended to be a welcoming environment for students to pursue closely related special policy or practical interests and/or projects.
Student learning goals
Have a basic understanding of how the internet and intranets work, and understand some of the the current limitations and problems of the technologies.
Be familiar with the basic building blocks of networks and how they are deployed to build and extend networks
Understand that networks and networking can be strategic advantages and also strategic environments for business, social and other oportunities
Understand the basic process of how to design, build and evolve real-world networks.
Have a sense of the business, market and regulatory forces that influence networks
Have a sense of the range of public policy and societal challenges and opportunities that relate to netowrks
General method of instruction
out of class completion of some basic required on-line skills modules and materials, combined with in-class discussion, presentations and some lectures.
Graduate and or upper division standing with an interest in technology, how networks work and how to leverage them.
Class assignments and grading
Likely a mix of both successful completion of some basic required on-line skills modules and materials, combined with a presentation, paper or project.