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Ronald A. Johnson
INFX 546
Seattle Campus

Data Communications and Networking

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ronald A. Johnson
Date: 02/28/2014