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ECE 456 - Computer Networks

  • 4 credits

Circuit/packet switching protocols, LAN/MAN, TCP/IP, error correction, ATM, wireless LANS, mobile networks.


ECE 251 (Introduction to Microprocessors); ECE 303/STAT 303 (Introduction to Communications Principles); CS 160 (Foundations in Programming) or CS 155 (Introduction to Unix); CS 156 (Introduction to C Programming I); CS 157 (Introduction to C Programming II). All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email to learn more.

Textbooks and Materials

The recommended text for the course is “Data Communication and Networking,” B. A. Forouzan (McGraw Hill). Fifth edition is preferred but fourth edition is also acceptable. Two other excellent texts that are equally acceptable are Computer Networking, Kurose & Ross (6th or 5th ed.), and Computer Networks, Peterson & Davie, (Morgan Kaufman, 5th or 4th ed.).


Anura Jayasumana
Anura Jayasumana

(970) 491-7855 |

Anura Jayasumana is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at CSU, where he also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science.

Dr. Jayasumana’s areas of expertise include Computer and Communication Networks, Distributed and Embedded System Design, and VLSI and PCB Testing. He has served as the Principal Investigator/Co-PI of several DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), NSF (National Science Foundation), and industry funded projects in these areas. He is currently a member of NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. He has supervised over 70 M.S. and 20 Ph.D. theses, and taught courses ranging from freshmen course on Logic Design, to graduate courses in Internet Engineering, Microprocessors, and VLSI Design Automation. He holds two patents, and is the co-author of over 200 peer reviewed papers. His recent professional activities include keynote speeches, seminars and short courses on sensor networking.