EEL5718/EEL4598 – Computer Communications

EEL5718/EEL4598 – Computer Communications

Last Taught: Summer 2020

More detailed course information is provided in the course Canvas site once the course begins.


Janise McNair

Course Description

Introductory course on the design of data communication networks: modems, terminals, error control, multiplexing, message switching, and data concentration. Introduces the principles and practice of computer networking, emphasizing data communication and the lower layers of the OSI and TCP/IP protocol architectures.

Emphasizes course simulation projects and performance analysis studies
Emphasizes hands-on networking projects

Goal: To provide an overview of the state of the art in industry and research, while giving the student a technical foundation in the design and analysis of networking systems. (3 credits)


5718 Prerequisites:
  • Communication Systems and Components – EEL4514 (or equivalent knowledge
  • Graduate level standing
4598 Prerequisites:
  • Programming – EEL 3834, COP 2271 or other programming equivalent
  • Junior or senior level standing

Course Requirements

Computer Requirements
  • Electronic homework and project submissions are required
  • Access to a networked computer is needed for projects and problems (e.g., MatLab, C/C++, OMNET, ns-2, ns-3)
  • If you need remote access to the ECE computer lab, you must create an account. Contact instructor for more info.


Required and Reference Textbooks for the course are updated here: UF Textbook Adoption – EEL5718-4598

The required textbook is on reserve in the Marsten Science Library. A few reference books are available electronically in the course’s Canvas page.The course will include some theory from the textbook, some material from research papers, and some experiences/presentations/reports from group projects. There is not a laboratory section for this course.

Course Topics (as time permits)

Related Hot Topics that will be discussed in Summer 2018: Smart Grid Communications, Green Networks, Data Centers, Content Distribution Networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN)

  • Foundational Topics>
  • Overview
  • Computer Networks and the Internet
  • Application Layer
  • Transport Layer
  • The Network Layer: Data Plane
  • The Network Layer: Control Plane
  • The Link Layer: Links, Access Networks, and LANs
  • Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • Security in Computer Networks
  • Multimedia Networking


Grades Percentage Dates
Homework 10% Approx every 2 to 3 weeks
5718 Project – One large semester project:
–Presentation of Topic/Overview(10%)
–Proposal/Progress Reports(5%)
–5718 Project Demo and Final Report (20%)—————-

4598 Projects — 2 Projects

–Proposals (5%)
–4598 Demos/Reports (15% each project)

35% Project Deadlines

5718 Project Demos
–Due First Week of August
Final Project Reports
–Due Second week of August


4598 Project Due dates to be announced

Midterm Exam 1 25% Week 7, in class exam

(EDGE/100% online students will take proctored exam through Proctor U)

Midterm Exam 2 25% Week 11, in class exam

(EDGE/100% online students will take proctored exam through Proctor U)

In-class grade 5% Discretionary grade assigned by instructor. Includes:

Class participation and discussion, in-class problems, disruptive behavior, etc.

Course Policies

  • Regular Participation is Expected
  • Class attendance is required
  • It is the student’s responsibility to independently obtain any missed material (including handouts) from lecture.

Deadlines & Policies

  • There will be no make-ups for exams, homework, quizzes or in-class assignments.
  • Penalties will be assigned for late assignments
  • All Non-project-related Assignments are an Individual Effort Unless otherwise explicitly specified by the instructor.
  • Students are responsible for announcements made in Lecture, on Website, or via Email
  • Check your gatorlink email and the student access website several times per week for course announcements.
  • For online students, assignments will have a one-week automatic extension in deadlines beyond the on-campus deadlines. Extensions beyond one week require prior approval by instructor.
  • Online-only students will take exams through Proctor U.
  • Note: If you plan to use your work computer, you will need to contact your IT department about administrative permissions. To take a ProctorU exam, the proctor will ask you to login to Canvas to select the exam you wish to take. At this point they will need your permission to “share your desktop” to enter the password to open your exam. This last step requires that you have some administrative permissions on your computer. If you are taking your exam at a work computer please check with your IT department about this capability.
  • For a detailed description of the entire ProctorU process, see: How to Take an Exam with Proctor U from the BioStatics Department.

Students with Disabilities

  • Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The DSO office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation

Academic Honesty

  • All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing them to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action.
  • This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a student at the University of Florida, and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this class and all others
    For more information, please see the UF student conduct and honor code.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals. The resources include:

  • University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575
  • Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.
  • Personal Counseling, SHCC mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules,disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.