Computer Networks (COMPE734) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Computer Networks COMPE734 3 0 0 3 7.5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of the course is to teach fundamentals of data communication and computer networks with a special emphasis on the suits, protocols and applications building up the nowadays’ Internet network.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Discuss the concepts of data communication, networking, protocols and standards
  • Express the communication requirements of computers/computer networks by using different network topologies and protocols
  • Describe OSI layered architecture for computer networks. Identify the functions of TCP/IP and the matching with OSI layers
  • Recall basic knowledge of the data communication devices/equipments, their functions and usage
  • Review the running principles of well known applications in Internet
  • Implement OS network services by using socket programming
Course Content Basic concepts of computer networking. Application layer and well-known applications. Transport layer, UDP and TCP services. Network layer, IPv4 addresses, forwarding and routing. Data link layer, MAC addresses, HUBs and switches. Physical layer properties and standards.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to computer Networks. What is the Internet? ISO layered structure for network services. Chapter 1(main text)
2 Introduction to packet-sniffing tools. Principles of networks applications. Lecture notes + Chapter 2.1
3 The Web and HTTP protocol Chapter 2.2.1-2.2.4
4 FTP, SMTP and POP3 protocol Chapter 2.3-2.4.2
5 DNS service and DNS protocol Chapter 2.5
6 Recitation and Midterm-I Lecture notes
7 Transport layer services. UDP type transport service. Reliable service principles. Pipelining, Selective-Repeat, Go-Back-N. Chapter 3.1,3.3-3.4
8 TCP type transport service. Segment structure. Sequence and Acknowledgement calculation. Connection establishment. Timeout calculation. Retransmission. Chapter 3.5.1-3.5.3
9 Network layer principles. Routers. Forwarding and routing. IPv4 addressing. Broadcast, multicast and unicast. Chapter 4.1, 4.3, 4.7
10 Datagram formant. Fragmentation. NAT. IPv6. Chapter 4.4
11 Recitation and Midterm-II Lecture notes
12 Data link layer principles. Multiple access protocols (CSMA/CD, taking turns, token passing). MAC addresses. Address Resolution Protocol (ARP). Ethernet Frame structure. Chapters 5.1, 5.3, 5.4
13 Ethernet collision control and exponential back-off time calculation. HUBs, Switches. Principles of physical layer, signal encoding and interface standards Chapter 5.5, 5.6.1-5.6.2 + Lecture notes
14 Wireless network specifications. WiFi, Bluetooth, WiMAX, 802.11 MAC protocol and frame structure. AP-Host association. Chapter 6.1-6.3
15 Review
16 Review


Course Book 1. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, 5/E, James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross, Addison-Wesley, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-13-136548-3.
Other Sources 2. Computer Networks 4/E, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Pearson Education Inc., 2006
3. Introduction to Data Networks, Lawrence Harte, ALTHOS Publishing, 2005
4. Computer Networking First-Step, Wendell Odom, Cisco Press, 2004
5. Bilgisayar Ağları, Nazife Baykal, Sas Bilişim, 2005
6. TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview, On-line book available at “” Redbooks, published 19 December 2006, Last accessed May 14, 2009

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 3 10
Homework Assignments 2 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. X
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. X
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs. X
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary domains. X
5 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. X
6 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. X
7 An ability to communicate effectively. X
8 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. X
9 A knowledge of contemporary issues.
10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. X
11 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies X
12 An ability to produce engineering products or prototypes that solve real-life problems. X
13 Skills that contribute to professional knowledge. X
14 An ability to make methodological scientific research. X
15 An ability to produce, report and present an original or known scientific body of knowledge.
16 An ability to defend an originally produced idea.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 3 48
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 2 45 90
Quizzes/Studio Critics 3 3 9
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 5 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury
Total Workload 157