CS 4396 - Computer Networks Lab
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 related services.
and Place: Friday 10:00am in
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 2018 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 systems
- 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
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
- 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
- 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 them.
- 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
- Submit lab reports electronically via e-Learning system. Indicate
the lab partner name on the report.
How is the report graded?
- Completeness and
- Quality of Presentation:
- CS department attendance
- 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.