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CS 456/656 - Computer Networks - Spring 2013

CS 456/656 - Computer Networks: This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of network architectures and protocols. Emphasis is placed on protocols used in the Internet.

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LEC 001TTh11:30 -12:50MC 4041
LEC 002TTh1:00 -2:20MC 4041
Instructor: Martin Karsten (mkarsten at uwaterloo dot ca), DC 3506, x37125
office hours during lectures: Tue 2:30 - 3:30
office hours before final exam: Tue/Thu 11am - 12pm
TAs: Md Faizul Bari (mfbari at uwaterloo dot ca)
Cong Guo (c8guo at uwaterloo dot ca)
Elnaz Rezaei (e2rezaei at uwaterloo dot ca)
Priyaa Varshinee Srinivasan (pvsriniv at uwaterloo dot ca)
Xianda Sun (x6sun at uwaterloo dot ca)
Textbook:Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross.
Topics:Introduction, Application Layer, Transport Layer, Network Layer, Data Link Layer, Wireless, Multimedia
Assignments:Two programming assignments done individually and submitted via Waterloo Learn.
Assignment 1 Due: Jun 21, 5pm. Late submissions will be subject to a 10% penalty for each 24-hour period or part thereof, up to 72 hours. Marked assignments will be returned in class or during office hours.
Assignment 2 Due: Jul 30, 23:59pm. Last day of classes - no late submission! Marked assignments will be returned during office hours.
Labs:Two lab exercises done in groups of two students and reports submitted via Waterloo Learn. Reports due on the last day of classes. No late submission.
CS 656:Students in CS 656 are expected to complete a research project on a topic decided in consultation with the instructor. Contact the instructor before May 31. Reports due on the last day of classes. No late submission.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism detection software will be used. See below for further information about academic integrity.
Exams:Midterm and final are closed-book exams. The midterm exam covers the first part of the course up the class before the exam. The final exam covers all material from the course.
Midterm: June 28th, 6:30-8:00pm, DC 1351 (Seating Information).
Final: August 12th, 12:30-3:00pm, PAC 4.
Appeals:Assignment appeals should be directed to the TA who marked the assignment. Exam appeals need to be submitted in writing to the instructor. The whole exam will be remarked.
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Important: A passing mark in the test portion of the final grade must be achieved to pass the course.

Academic Integrity: In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo community are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Check for more information.

Grievance: A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances, Section 4, When in doubt please be certain to contact the department's administrative assistant who will provide further assistance.

Discipline: A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity (check to avoid committing an academic offence, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offence, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offences (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about 'rules' for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course instructor, academic advisor, or the undergraduate Associate Dean. For information on categories of offences and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71, Student Discipline, For typical penalties check Guidelines for the Assessment of Penalties,

Appeals: A decision made or penalty imposed under Policy 70 (Student Petitions and Grievances) (other than a petition) or Policy 71 (Student Discipline) may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72 (Student Appeals)

Note for Students with Disabilities: AccessAbility Services, located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with AccessAbility Services at the beginning of each academic term.