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UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK TIRANA Komuna e Parisit, Tirana, Albania
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Data Communications and Networking (4 credit hours) : Dr.-Ing. Elior Vila
Faculty building 1nd floor
Monday 14:00-15:00 or by appointment

42273056 / ext. 115

Course Location and Time

Laboratory Room 4B, Thursday 12:00-16:00

Course Description

This course is designed to convey the essentials of data communication and networking including a study of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI), TCP/IP and Internet models. It will cover various protocols, architectures and performance analysis of interconnection technologies. In this course, the students will be explained about several concepts in order to able to understand, explain and apply the basic concept of data communication and networking technology. In addition, they will gain the competency to use network application, troubleshooting and configuring basic network using guided and unguided media.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • understand the fundamental concepts of data communications and networking.
  • identify the different components and their respective roles in a computer

    communication system

  • apply the knowledge, concepts and terms related to data communication and


  • solve problems in networking by referring to problems solving steps through

    relevant information by choosing suitable techniques.

  • acquaint themselves with networking software simulation tools, configuring of

    networking devices and understand their functionality.

  • know the strategies for securing network applications


• appreciate usefulness and importance of computer communication in today life and society.

Required Readings

Supplementary Readings

Wayne Tomasi, Introduction to Data Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall 2005, ISBN-13: 978-0130138286
William Stallings, Data and Computer Communications, 9th Edition, Prentice Hall 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0131392052

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Data Communications and Networking
  • Internet trend and applications
  • Data Communications basics
  • Signals and transmission media
  • Interconnection technologies
  • Network models
  • OSI and TCP/IP reference models
  • LAN, W AN and Wireless technologies
  • Internetworking, concepts, architectures and protocols
  • Network security and management

    Prerequisite courses


    Course Requirements

    Students are required to attend lectures and labs. Lecture handouts and lab notes will be available before commencement of the class. Students are expected to participate in class discussions. In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible.

    Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. You may miss up to two classes without penalty. Each absence beyond the first two will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first two is necessary and is to be provided on the class day directly before or after the one you miss. Students are expected to collect materials from the online course page, their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

Behrouz Forouzan, Data Communications and Networking, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill,

2007, ISBN-13: 978-0073250328.

Douglas E. Comer, Computer Networks and Internets, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall 2009,

ISBN-13: 978-0136066989.


Exams: Two examinations will be taken one midterm and one final. Test format may combine a mixture of Definitions, Blanks, and short answers, two or three Essay questions covering all readings, lecture, and hand-out and class discussion content. No Student may miss a scheduled exam without receiving permission before the administration of the exam. Make-up exams might be significantly different from the regular tests, and will be administered at a time of instructor own convenience.

Reading assignments: You will be required to read all the handouts, slides, and other relevant materials. Each week, I will notify you in class what specific materials to read and/or assignments to prepare for the week. The reading assignments are selected to give you adequate understanding of the course material.

Assignments: I will announce assignments usually based on the chapters/materials covered in class. Due dates will be specified accordingly. Assignments must be submitted as specified to be considered on-time. Late assignments are accepted with the following penalties: -2 if submitted the next day it is due, and -1 for each day late after that.

Make-up policy Midterm/Final exam: Only students who miss an exam for university- approved and verifiable reasons will be allowed to take a make-up exam. Even then, except in the most extreme circumstances, no student may miss a scheduled exam without receiving permission before the administration of the exam. Make-up exams might be significantly different in format from the regular tests, and will be administered at a time of my own convenience.

Cheating policy: Cheating policy: Exams, assignments, projects and quizzes are subject to the STUDENT HONOUR CODE. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask me for clarification.

Grading Policy

Grading Scale (Standard UNYT grading scale)







Letter Grade

Percent (%)

Generally Accepted Meaning



Outstanding work





Good work, distinctly above average







Acceptable work








Work that is significantly below average







Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

Technology Expectations

  1. Internet use is necessary since students should regularly check the course website.
  2. Students can get all the Lecture Slides, notes and other information provided by the course website.
  3. Continued and regular use of e-mail is expected.
  4. Submission of assignments through Turnitin student account before the

    specified deadline.

Prepared by, Dr.-Ing. Elior Vila February, 23st, 2012



Instructor: Dr.-Ing. Elior Vila

Credits: Dr.-Ing. Elior Vila