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Herbert J. Bernstein Professor of Computer Science
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, 150 Idle Hour Blvd., KSC 121, Oakdale, NY 11769-1999

22238 CSC 2281A Network Design & Queuing Theory
Spring 2011
Thursday 6:10 pm -- 8:51 pm BROOK1 A107

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This is the syllabus for CSC 2281 for Spring 2009. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material.

Catalog description:

CSC 2281A. Network Design & Queuing Theory 3 credits

This course offers an interdisciplinary survey of network flows, queuing theory, computer networks and the applications of network theory to information systems and transportation systems. Students are introduced to problems related to shortest path and network flow algorithms, queuing theory, routing and scheduling, discrete and continuous capacity assignment, data communications hardware and protocols, and error control.

Prerequisite: CSC 1024N or permission of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department chair. Offered 2010 -- 2012

The Spring 2011 section is:

22238  CSC  2281A  3.00  Network Design & Queuing Theory  Brookhaven 
  Jan 29, 2011  May 19, 2011  06:10 pm - 08:51 pm  BROOK1  A107 
  Instructor(s): Herbert J. Bernstein 


Office Hours:

Students in the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon classes who cannot attend the scheduled office hours should make an appointment with Dr. Bernstein by email or during a class break to talk at a mutually convenient time.

There will be no meeting of this class on Thursday, 24 March 2011 (Spring Recess)
There will be no meeting of this class on Thursday, 19 May 2011 (Friday Schedule)

Note that, in general, Dr. Bernstein will be at the Oakdale campus on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and at the Brookhaven campus on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Thursday evenings. If at all possible, please use email to schedule meetings in advance to avoid conflicts with other students and other obligations of the instructor.

For more information see http://www.bernstein-plus-sons.com/.dowling/HJB_Contact_Info.html.

Required Texts:

Students are responsible for all assigned readings even if the material is not discussed in class. Much of the material required for this course will be on-line material. To conserve resources, most of this material will not be printed out for students. See:

Students are advised to bring the required texts to every meeting of the class to help them in classroom discussions and in answering the daily quiz questions.

Required Materials

Students are expected to have their text books no later than the second week of class.


This class meets only once per week. Absence from any class meeting may cause the student to miss a significant portion of the material of the course. Therefore:

Attendance will be taken at all class meetings. All absences must be explained in writing (or via email). Students who miss one or more lectures must meet with the instructor to review their progress in the course. A midterm warning will be issued for any student who misses one or more lectures before the midterm, and such students will be advised to withdraw. Grades will be reduced for unexcused absences (see grading policy, below).

Arriving late disrupts the class for other students. To encourage and reward timely arrival, there will be a short quiz at the start of each class meeting. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.

Grading Policy:

All students will be required to participate actively in classroom discussions and to lead discussions related to the assignments.

All students will be required to communicate with the instructor via email, and many assignments will require work to be submitted via email.

As noted above students will be given daily brief quizzes. Quizzes will often be based on the assigned readings, asking material that has not yet been discussed in class. This is intended to encourage students to do the assigned readings. Even though the quizzes are open notes quizzes they are not not open book quizzes. Because so much of the material for this course is from on-line sources, it is critically important that students prepare their own notes from those on-line sources as well as the texts in advance of the relevant lectures. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.

Every student will be required to maintain a contemporaneous hardbound notebook recording all significant activities related to this course. The notebook should record the major topics discussed, questions about the subject matter of the course and the answers when they are found, and all activites related to the course project (see below). The instructor will borrow the notebooks several times during the semester and grade them for thoroughness, clarity and relevance to the course. Only the portions of the notebook that are dated, written in the student's own hand and on the permanent pages of the notebook will be considered in the grading. Students are allowed to rewrite their notebooks and/or to use multiple notebooks.

The only way to learn technical material such as this is to work with it.

Students must do the assignments steadily throughout the semester, not just to show that they know the material, but to give them the practice they need to learn the material well. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit all assignments on time.

There will be a closed book, open-notes midterm exam. The mid-term evaluation will be also be based on classroom classroom attendance and participation, the notebook, assignments and quizzes.

A closed-book, open-notes final will be given. In general, no assignments will be accepted late and no makeups will be given for missed quizzes or examinations. Requests for exceptions to this policy will be considered only for the most pressing reasons (illness requiring hospitalization, death in the family, reserve call-up, etc.), must be submitted in writing or by email in a timely manner, and will be granted only if the instructor has sound reason to believe that the student is highly likely to master the material of the course within the current semester.

Course Syllabus

The course will begin with administrative matters and some issues not covered in the texts.