Instructor Resources
Business Data Communications, Sixth Edition

Last updated: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Course Support Materials

Project Support: This document describes support available to instructors for assigning projects to students.
Solutions manual and project manual: Available at Prentice Hall Instructor Resource Center for this book. Go here for Prentice Hall instructor support Websites for my other books..
Introduction to the Animations: this Web page gives you a hands-on introduction to the use of the OS animations with this textbook.
Powerpoint slides: The "official" set of slides commissioned for use specifically with this book. Developed by Richard McCarthy, Associate Dean & Professor of Information Systems, School of Business, Quinnipiac University.
Figures: On-line transparency masters of the figures from the book in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
Tables: On-line transparency masters of all the tables from the book in PDF format.
OPNET OPNET is a professional modeling tool for networking configurations. An academic version is available and a student lab manual prepared for Business Data Communications, Fifth Edition is available from Prentice Hall. This is a useful hands-on supplement to the course.
Computer Science Student Resource Site: Help and advice for the long-suffering, overworked student.
Errata sheet: Latest list of errors, updated at most monthly. File name is Errata-BDC6e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them to .
A Discussion of Textbook Cost Myths: From the Text and Academic Authors Association.

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Mailing List

A moderated mailing list has been set up so that instructors using this book can exchange information, suggestions, and questions with each other and with the author. To subscribe, send a blank email to You will receive a confirmation message. Just reply to this message and your subscription will be complete. To unsubscribe, send a blank email to . To post a message, send to Note: You should receive a reply to your subscription request in a few hours, asking for confirmation. If not, try again. The confirmation email asks you to confirm either by replying to the email or by going to a web link. The web link is more reliable. If you reply by email and do not receive a subsequent email confirming your subscription, try again.

BDC Courses

Instructors might find these web sites for courses taught using this book useful. I would appreciate hearing about web sites for other courses.

INFSCI 1004 Telecommunications. U. of Pittsburgh. Includes PDF notes.
ISQS 6341 Data Communications and Network Management. Texas Tech University. Lots of useful material, including PPT slides, lecture notes, project suggestions, and example project reports.
CIS 130. Taught at City College of San Francisco. Good project ideas.
CSIS465. Taught at St. Francis Xavier U. in Canada. Useful powerpoint slides and notes.
ICSA 411 Data Communications and Computer Networking. Taught at Rochester Institute of Technology.