About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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Hands-on Project

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Fundamentals of Network Communication

4.5
197 ratings
34 reviews
In this course, we trace the evolution of networks and identify the key concepts and functions that form the basis for layered architecture. We introduce examples of protocols and services that are familiar to the students, and we explain how these services are supported by networks. Further, we explain fundamental concepts in digital communication, and focus on error control techniques that include parity check, polynomial code, and Internet checksum. Students will be required to have some previous programming experience in C-programming (C++/Java), some fundamental knowledge of computer organization and IT architecture and a background in computer science is a plus....
Course2

Peer-to-Peer Protocols and Local Area Networks

4.1
20 ratings
2 reviews
In this course, we discuss peer-to-peer protocols and local area networks. Part one in this course is to answer the question of how does a peer-to-peer protocol deliver reliable data transfer service across unreliable transmission lines or networks. We focus on several medium access control protocols and their performance analysis. In the second part, we discuss how medium access control protocols coordinate the access to the communication channel so that information gets through from a source to a destination in the same broadcast local area network. We further discuss local area network and wireless LAN....
Course3

Packet Switching Networks and Algorithms

4.4
24 ratings
2 reviews
In this course, we deal with the general issues regarding packet switching networks. We discuss packet networks from two perspectives. One perspective involves external view of the network, and is concerned with services that the network provides to the transport layer that operates above it at the end systems. The second perspective is concerned with the internal operation of a network, including approaches directing information across the network, addressing and routing procedures, as well as congestion control inside the network....
Course4

TCP/IP and Advanced Topics

4.0
21 ratings
8 reviews
In this course, we give an in-depth study of the TCP/IP protocols. We examine the details of how IP enables communications across a collection of networks. We pay particular attention to the hierarchical structure of IP addresses and explain their role in ensuring scalability of the Internet. The role of address prefixes and the uses of masks are explained in details. We review in details about TCP three-way handshake, flow control, and congestion control. Furthermore, we provide an introduction to some advanced topics, including Multicast, SDN and security...

Instructor

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Xiaobo Zhou

Professor, Interim Dean
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Unix operating system, C/C++/java, Discreet Math, Probability

  • The first course and others (preferred)

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