NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
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Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-432  Wireless Data Networking
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC-260
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to various wireless data network standards at a technical level. Emphasis will be on learning wireless network architectures for wireless LANs wireless PANs, broadband wireless access (BWA) and cellular data networks (3G and beyond).

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
  • No Text Book is Required
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COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

This is an advanced level course preparing students for jobs in the thriving field of wireless networking technologies. It is for seniors, but may be taken by juniors and sophomores with instructors permission.

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    Main Objective:
  • Provide students the architectural context of a general network and then focus on wireless.
  • Have students get a clear idea of the issues specific to wireless networks and data transmission.
  • Discuss various components of a wireless local area network.
  • Discuss the details of IEEE 802.11 and its extensions, emphasizing on the medium access control.
  • Understand the network security architecture.
  • Understand Bluetooth and wireless personal area networks.
  • Understand the architectures of the next generation of cellular networks for wireless data.

COURSE OUTLINE

Week 1 Layered protocol architectures
Week 2 OSI reference model
Internet protocol architecture
Week 3 IEEE 802.11 protocol architecture
Components of a wireless LAN
Week 4 IEEE 802.11 PHY and its extensions
IEEE 802.11 MAC
Week 5 IEEE 802.11 MAC
Weeks 6 - 8 Wireless Network Security
Week 9 Discussion on designing computer simulation of node, link, queue and network, designing a wireless link, designing mobility profile, wireless PANs
Week 10 Bluetooth
Weeks 11 - 13 Data via cellular networks
Weeks 14 - 15 Revision

PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

See Instructor

GRADING STANDARDS

A 90 - 100
B+ 87- 89
B 80 - 86
C+ 77 - 79
C 70 - 76
D 67 - 69
F Below 69

The instructor reserves the right to revise the grading criteria as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

Students are expected to adhere to the ACM Code of Ethics. In particular, no lying, cheating, or plagiarism will be tolerated.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • The course is lecture-based and most lectures will follow textbook. Students are required to read the textbook before and after the lecture.

  • Student Conduct In Class
  • Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the educational process relative to subject content will not be tolerated, in accordance with the Academic Code of Conduct described in the Student Handbook.

  • Children In Class
  • Only in extreme cases are children allowed in classroom or laboratory facilities, and then only with approval of the instructor prior to class. Electronic Devices In Class Cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and similar devices are prohibited in the classroom and laboratory facilities. Calculators and computers are prohibited during examinations and quizzes, unless specified. Reasonable laptop-size computers may be used in lecture for the purpose of taking notes.
  • Dress Code
  • Inappropriate head gear will not be permitted.
SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

    Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
    Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
    Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
    Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

    Information Technology Literacy
  • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

    Critical Thinking
  • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
  • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

    Laboratory
  • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.