Department of Computer Science

COSC 4377 - Introduction to Computer Networks
Section 07664
Fall 2001



COSC 4330 - Fundamentals of Operating Systems (Enforced)

Class Schedule:

4:00 - 5:30 PM, Monday and Wednesday in 110 AH.


Position Name E-mail
Office Hours *
Dr. Jaspal Subhlok
jaspal at cs . uh . edu
4 - 6 PM
573 PGH
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Tsung-i "Mark" Huang tihuang at cs . uh . edu
5:30 - 6:30 PM
591 PGH
5 - 6 PM
Assistant Zhen Zhu zhu at cs . uh . edu
2:30 - 4 PM
520 PGH
1:30 - 2:30 PM
*  Additional office hours can be arranged by E-mail.

Primary Textbook:

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet,
James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross,
Addison Wesley, 2001.
ISBN: 0-201-47711-4
List price: $85

Errata from publisher (last update: January 11, 2001)

Recommended Text:

You don't have to buy this book in order to pass. Library has at least one copy for each of the following books.

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, 2nd Edition
by Larry L. Peterson and Bruce S. Davie
Morgan Kaufmann, 1999. ISBN: 1558605142. 600 pages.
List Price: 79.99.

Errata: for the 1st through the 3rd printing

This is a well-written book on Computer Networks. Explanations of some concepts and protocols are better written than our textbook. We will use some content from this book as a supplement.

Supplemental texts:

You don't have to buy the following books in order to pass this class. Library has at least one copy for each of the following books.

UNIX Network Programming
by W. Richard Stevens
Prentice Hall, 1990. ISBN: 0139498761. 772 pages.
List Price: 79.00. (Out of Print)

This book was published long time ago and is still a great reference book on UNIX network programming. Although this book is out of print, you can find still find used ones. Or you can get the next one (new version of this book).
UNIX Network Programming: Networking APIs: Sockets and XTI, 2nd Edition
by W. Richard Stevens
Prentice Hall, 1998. ISBN: 013490012X. 1240 pages.
List Price: 68.00.

This book also has a Vol. II.

TCP/IP Protocol Suite
by Behrouz A. Forouzan
McGraw Hill, 1999. ISBN: 025624166X. 864 pages
List Price: 99.80.

More in-depth discussion on TCP/IP. If you want to learn more detail about TCP/IP, this is the book you need.

Computer Networks, 3rd Edition
by Andrew S Tanenbaum
Prentice Hall, 1996. ISBN: 0133499456. 848 pages.
List Price: 89.00.

A legendary textbook. Full of materials. Some parts might not be easy to read.

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The tentative plan for grading is as follows:

Final exam
Written and programming assignments, and a term project

There will be one midterm and one final exam. No make-up exam is allowed unless there is a verifiable medical excuse.
The projected date for midterm is ??. The final exam is at 5-8 PM, on Friday, December 7th.
And there will be at least 2 programming and 2 written assignments, plus a term project which will weight 10~15% of your final grade.


If you miss a class, you are still responsible for knowing everything that took place. Your absence does not change the due date of an assignment.

Academic Honesty:

Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive severe punishment.

Important Dates:

Last modified: October 3, 2001.