ECE 462: Data and Computer Communications

Class Schedule: Lecture Topics and Reading Assignments schedule in pdf (Note: the pdf file superceeds the web contents!)


  • Week 1
    Introduction, course overview, basic concepts in data communication networking, layering and communication network architectures (chap 1 & 2)

  • Week 2
    Fundamental concepts and theoretical basis for data transmission, channel impairments, channel capacity (chap 3)

  • Week 3
    Review of signals and systems, transmission media, guided and unguided transmission (chap 4)

  • Week 4
    The physical layer: Guided and unguided transmission; propagation, wireless transmission (chap 4)

  • Week 5
    Signal encoding techniques, signal constellations, binary encoding techniques (chap 5)

  • Week 6
    Signal encoding techniques, quantization and PCM, transmission of analog and digital signals (chap 5)

  • Week 7 & 8
    Columbus Day Holiday– No Class on Oct 10
    Probem solving session
    Digital data communications techniques; synchronous and asynchronous transmission, error detection and correction (chap 6)
    Exam I will be for the duration of class on October 5
  • Week 9
    Data link control protocol (chap 7)

  • Week 10
    Multiplexing (chap 8)

  • Week 11
    Circuit and packet switching (chap 9); Cellular Networks (chap 14)
  • Week 12
    Cellular Networks (chap 10)
  • Exam II will be for the duration of class on November 14
  • Week 13
    Local Area Networks (chap 11); Thanksgiving Day Holiday– No Class on Nov 23

  • Week 14
    Ethernet and VLANs (chapter 12), Wireless LANS (chapter 13),

  • Week 15
    Internet Protocols and Routing (chap 14)

  • Week 16: Exam
    Final Exam on Tuesday December 19, 1:30 4:15 pm