We will be using  Kurose’s and Ross’ Book Computer Networks A Top-Down with a small twist we will go bottom-up.
The schedule below is tentative.

Lecture Topic/Slides Video Scribes Assignment
Jan 14 Physical Layer Part I
IQ and SDR [Slides][V1]
[Video] sjc2ggs
IQ sample Demodulation HW
Due Jan 28 @ 11:00pm
Jan 16 Physical Layer Part I [Slides]
Modulation Packet Structure
[Wave File] [Matlab Decoding]
[Video] jal3qa
Jan 21 Link Layer Part I [In Class][PDF]
Reading: Section 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4
[Video] ngh3qa
Jan 23 Link Layer Part II [PDF]
Reading: Section 5.4, 5.5, 5.6
[Video] jrp3tu
Wire Shark HW
Due Feb 6 @ 11:00pm
Jan 28 Networking Layer Part I  Reading: Section 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 [] tjk2fa
Jan 30 Networking Layer Part II  Reading: Section 4.4, 4.5 ngh3qa
Feb 4 Networking Layer Part III Section 4.7. mtb5te
Routing Assignment . (Draft)
Due Feb 18 @ 11:00pm
Feb 6 Transport Layer Part I [code]
Reading: Section 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,
Feb 11 Transport Layer Part II
Reading: Section  3.4, 3.5
Feb 13 Transport Layer Part III
Reading: Section  3.6, 3.7
Reliable Transport Protocol (Hard)
Due Feb 27 @ 11:00pm
Feb 18 Midterm Review snh3fa
Feb 20 Midterm I
Feb 25 Protocol Layers and Their Service Model Part I
Reading: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2,4
Implement an email spoofer
Due March 17 @ 11:00pm
Feb 27 Protocol Layers and Their Service Model Part II
Reading: 2.5, 2.6, 2.7 .5
March 3 Protocols Layers and Their Service Model Part III bg2et
March 5 Protocols Layers and Their Service Models Part IV
(P2P networks)
Implement a Torrent Client
Due March 26 @ 11:00pm
March 17 Network Security Part I  Reading: 8.1-8.2 sa2dt
March 19 Network Security Part II
Reading: 8.2-8.3
March 24 Midterm Review eem4dd Implement a DNS Server
Due April 7 @ 11:00pm
March 26 Midterm II
March 31 Network Security Part III Reading: Section 8.3 – 8.4 ram2ur
April 2 Wireless Networks
rcr4eh Wireless MAC Protocols (Draft) 
Due April 21 @ 11:00pm
April 7 Software-Defined Networks I  Reading: ajk3nk
April 9 Software-Defined Networks II Reading: rm8ny
April 14 Recent Networking Paper I Final Project SDN fun
Due April 28 @ midnight
April 16 Recent Networking Paper II
April 21 Recent Networking Paper III
April 23 Recent Networking Paper IV

Office Hours

TA: Monday and Fridays at 1- 5pm in Rice 442.  (zl4dc)


There are 20 lecture sections. Students are expected to form groups of 2 . Each group will create latex notes for two lectures using your favorite template. (But you must submit 4 lectures that you would like to scribe for. There are two assignments on collab one for each lecture.

Grading Policy

Grading is one of the aspects of a course that instructors enjoy even less than students. Still, we are stuck with them, so here goes.

Portion of course Percentage of Final Grade
Home Work 30%
Midterm I 15%
Midterm II 20%
Final Project 25%
Scribing 10%

We will use collab, grading cuts offs.

We do not round grades. 92.99% is not ≥ 93% and is thus an A−, not an A.

We do not curve grades: if you all fail, you all fail; if you all ace, you all ace.
However, rubrics for assignments are not linear: instead, we determine how well we expect a passing student to perform and assign a per-assignment rubric to match.
This is common practice for homework in CS; it is less common for exams.
Our exams might feel unusually difficult as a consequence.

Exams makeups will be handled case-by-case as needed.

Academic Honesty

We expect all homework and quizzes to be completed individually except for some homework which we explicitly allow to be done with partners. You may not share code or consult assignment solutions from previous semesters. You may not share quiz questions before the quiz deadline. You are encouraged, however, to discuss the assignments in general and provide advice to other students that does not amount to sharing code, pseudocode, or instructions that otherwise essentially solve the assignment. We may use automated tools to look for similarities between homework submissions that suggest an excessive collaboration.

Labs may be done collaboratively, including sharing code. Your lab submissions should indicate who you worked with.

Quizzes are open-book and open-notes. Exams are closed-book, closed-notes, and administered in-class time.

Your submissions for labs and homework should not make extensive use of code found online. Incidental use (utility code that does not solve a significant part of any of the objectives of the assignment) is okay, but must be clearly cited. If you are unsure whether something would qualify as “incidental”, please consult the course staff first.

If we believe you have created, we may apply an arbitrarily harsh grade penalty up to and including an F in the course.
This penalty is independent of (and potentially in addition to) any findings of the University Honor System.

Students with disabilities or learning needs

It is my goal to create a learning experience that is as accessible as possible. If you anticipate any issues related to the format, materials, or requirements of this course, please meet with me outside of class so we can explore potential options. Students with disabilities may also wish to work with the Student Disability Access Center to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in this course, including official accommodations. Please visit their website for information on this process and to apply for services online: If you have already been approved for accommodations through SDAC, please send me your accommodation letter and meet with me so we can develop an implementation plan together

Discrimination and power-based violence

The University of Virginia is dedicated to providing a safe and equitable learning environment for all students. To that end, it is vital that you know two values that I and the University hold as critically important:

  1. Power-based personal violence will not be tolerated.
  2. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part to maintain a safe community on Grounds.

If you or someone you know has been affected by power-based personal violence, more information can be found on the UVA Sexual Violence website that describes reporting options and resources available –

As your professor and as a person, know that I care about you and your well-being and stand ready to provide support and resources as I can. As a faculty member, I am a responsible employee, which means that I am required by University policy and federal law to report what you tell me to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator’s job is to ensure that the reporting student receives the resources and support that they need, while also reviewing the information presented to determine whether further action is necessary to ensure survivor safety and the safety of the University community. If you wish to report something that you have seen, you can do so at the Just Report It portalThe worst possible situation would be for you or your friend to remain silent when there are so many here willing and able to help.

Religious accommodations

It is the University’s long-standing policy and practice to reasonably accommodate students so that they do not experience an adverse academic consequence when sincerely held religious beliefs or observances conflict with academic requirements.

Students who wish to request academic accommodation for a religious observance should submit their request in writing directly to me by Piazza private message as far in advance as possible. Students who have questions or concerns about academic accommodations for religious observance or religious beliefs may contact the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) at or 434-924-3200.


I trust every student in this course to fully comply with all of the provisions of the University’s Honor Code. By enrolling in this course, you have agreed to abide by and uphold the Honor System of the University of Virginia, as well as the following policies specific to this course.

· All graded assignments must be pledged.

· All suspected violations will be forwarded to the Honor Committee, and you may, at my discretion, receive an immediate zero on that assignment regardless of any action taken by the Honor Committee.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the course Honor policy. If you believe you may have committed an Honor Offense, you may wish to file a Conscientious Retraction by calling the Honor Offices at (434) 924-7602. For your retraction to be considered valid, it must, among other things, be filed with the Honor Committee before you are aware that the act in question has come under suspicion by anyone. More information can be found at Your Honor representatives can be found at: Additionally, [Support Officer, if any enrolled], an Honor support officer enrolled in this class, is also available for questions.