BTN415 Course Outline

Course Code: BTN415
Course Name: Data Communications Programming
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:
This course provides a technical foundation of data communications and network technology. It introduces the terminology and design concepts of networking and data communications. It studies the Internet protocol suite, and compares the concepts of the Internet to other protocol standards of today. The course covers the socket API in C/C++ and introduces the foundations of designing and developing client/server based systems, looking at data manipulation and integrity during transmission.
Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTP200
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Classroom
Typical scheduling pattern: Winter term
Learning Outcomes:
Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
a) Explain the organization of protocol definitions in order to identify their semantics and syntax properties
b) Interpret standards and protocols used to transfer data between client and server systems

Application of Knowledge
a) Apply standards and protocols to the context of software engineering principles
b) Implement protocol definitions using compound data structures and objects in order to create/decode data packets
c) Customize data communication by encapsulating protocols for transmission over other communication links

Knowledge of Methodologies
a) Experiment with data communication handshaking methods and validation to ensure a proper transmission of a data packet

Communication Skills
a) Write a technical paper on a data communications protocol to define the requirements for a  client/server application
b) Interpret binary and hexadecimal data in order to encode/decode and manipulate transmitted data

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge
a) Evaluate the difference between reliable and unreliable protocols in order to select the right approach during client/server software design

Professional Capacity/Autonomy
a) Validate the transmission of communications between client/server applications to ensure a proper connection was established (debugging activities)
Topic Outline:

  • Review of OOP Principles
    • Pointers, Classes, Structures
  • Introduction to Networking, Concepts and Terminology
  • Review of Memory Management
    • Pointers, Arrays, Strings, RAW Data
  • Introduction to Sockets Part 1 -- Reliable Connections TCP/IP
  • Introduction to Sockets Part 2 -- Unreliable Connections (UDP/IP
  • Client/Server Design -- Packet Structures Part 1
    • Packet definitions using structures and classes
  • Client/Server Design -- Packet Structures Part 2
    • Mutli-threaded server models
    • Bit Definitions and Manipulation
  • Troubleshooting and Monitoring
  • Data Integrity using Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) Algorithms
Prescribed Text(s):
Reference Material:
Object Oriented Software Development Using C++11
Dr. Chris M. Szalwinski
June 2014
Published by Seneca College School of ICT

C/C++ Essential Training, Bill Weinman (Lynda.com)

Visual Studio Tutorials, Walt Ritscher (Lynda.com)

Endianness, Wikipedia Reference (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/endianness)

Endianness, Michael Cote, YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrNF0KRAlyo)

References, Charles Germany, YouTube
Part 1:  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlqYwXcUdn0)
Part 2:  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaLQ7z1X6wo)

​Wireshark:  https://www.wireshark.org
Promotion Policy:
To obtain a credit in this subject, a student must:
  • Achieve a passing grade on the final exam
  • Satisfactorily complete the term project
  • Achieve a passing grade on the overall course

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Labs 20%
Quizzes 10%
Tests (2) 20%
Term assignment 20%
Final exam 30%
Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.
Discrimination and Harassment:
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.
Accomodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

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