CS 4396 - Computer Networks Lab
Course Information: This
course aims at helping students get more insight into how the Internet works and
gain hands on experience in building and configuring simple IP networks and
Course Timing and Place: Friday
10:00am in ECSS 2.312
Kamil Sarac ([email protected])
Office: ES 4.207
Phone: 972 883 2337
Office hours: Fridays
9am to10am; and by appointment at other times.
Assistant: - TBA
The content of the course has been completely updated. Starting Spring 2014
semester, we are now using a virtualized network environment to do the labs.
There are several PCs installed with the required software environment for this
course. The PCs are located in ECSS 3.217. These PCs are dedicated for this
class for Spring 2016 semester. Please refer to tentative
schedule page for the outline of
the labs that we will be doing during the semester. The lab environment can also
be installed on students' personal computer systems and the labs can be
completed that way.
Before you go to the lab
Read the relevant chapter on the topic from the manual and any other
computer networks text book and do your own research online (if/when needed)
to familiarize yourself with the lab topic.
In the lab
Labs can be done on the systems at ECSS 3.217 or on your personal computer
Complete exercises (several hours, average: 3 hours)
- Save your data
After the lab
Use data you saved to answer questions in the manual in your report
Write lab report
Submit lab report by due date
Rules for using the lab -
these are the rules for those who plan to use the
systems in lab ECSS 3.217.
Sign up for a time slot in class. Your time slot is allocated for the entire
You are guaranteed access to the lab during your time slot.
If you are more than 15 minutes late you lose your time slot (i.e., anyone
can use it)
Outside your assigned lab section, you may use the lab by contacting the
instructor or lab assistant.
Note: Do not skip the reading
suggestions prior to working on the labs. You will not be able to
complete the labs in a reasonable time, otherwise.
TA help will likely be limited to the 'experience' and 'presence' of the TA
during your lab. If you have questions or problems, try to work around
Send a report of the problem to the TA and CC the instructor.
What to submit with your lab report?
Include the names and e-mails of both students on the Lab report - each
group will send a common Lab report.
Submit lab reports
electronically via e-Learning
system. Indicate the lab partner name on the report.
How is the report graded?
Completeness and correctness: 80%
Quality of Presentation: 20%
CS department attendance policy applies.
Class participation in terms of asking questions is highly encouraged.
Please do not be afraid to ask questions no matter how simple you might
think the answer could be. This type of interaction helps improve the
effectiveness of the class and breaks the monotony.
The presentation slides will be available on the class web page. I will try to
put them up before each class meeting but no guarantees on that.
After the grades for your quiz and lab reports are announced, you will have
one week to appeal for your grades. So, please keep this in mind if you
think that there is a problem/issue with the grading of your work.
You should plan on taking the exams on the scheduled times. No late/early
exams unless in case of an emergency situation such as health emergency or
similar un-avoid-able situations and you need to provide convincing
documentation for it. The exams will be closed books and closed notes. No
calculators (unless otherwise stated) and no other electronic devices such
as cell phones, beepers, etc. should be used during the exam.