Instructor Resources
Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition

Last updated: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Course Support Materials

Solutions manual and project manual: Available at Prentice Hall Website for this book. Go here for Prentice Hall instructor support Websites for my other books.
PowerPoint Slides: The "official" set of slides commissioned for use specifically with this book. Developed by Lawrie Brown of the Australian Defence Force Academy at University of New South Wales.
OPNET OPNET is a professional modeling tool for networking configurations. An academic version is available and a student lab manual prepared for Data and Computer Communications, Seventh 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-DCC8e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them to .
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
PDF Slides: Developed by Prof. Hossam Hassanein of Queen's University, Canada for the sixth edition.
cnet Simulator: Developed by Professor Chris McDonald at the University of Western Australia. The cnet network simulator enables experimentation with various data link layer, network layer, routing and transport layer protocols, and with various network configurations.
Tools Page: Developed by Professor Kenneth Christensen at the University of South Florida. The tools page contains downloadable tools primarily related to performance evaluation of computer networks and to TCP/IP sockets programming. .
Projects Manual: This manual, developed by Prentice Hall, contains over 40 exercises that are suitable for use with Data and Computer Communications. It is available at a discount for courses using this textbook.
Data Link Simulator: Developed by Peter King at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. This tool enables students to write connection oriented data link protocols in Java and have them tested on a simulated communication channel.

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DCC Courses

Instructors might find these web sites for courses taught using this book useful. I would appreciate hearing about web sites for other courses.
CS 3413 Data Communications U. of Texas, San Antonio. Interesting assignments.
ECET 4840 - Advanced Telecommunications. U. of Idaho. PDF slides.
CS 420/520 Data Communications. Southern Polytechnic State University.
EEL 4595 Data and Computer Communications. U. of Florida. Includes PPT slides.
CIS 4210 Data Communications. U. of Guelph. Programming assignments, exercises.
EL 536 Principles of Communications Networks. Polytechnic U. of Brooklyn. Includes PPT slides and audio notes.
CSE 3020 Network Technology. Monash U. Includes PDF slides.
EG3567 Communications Engineering. U. of Aberdeen. Includes lecture notes, an number of useful supplement pages.
CS 373 Computer Networks and Communications. U. of Missouri. Includes lecture notes.
CS440 Data Communication. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Includes useful set of PDF and postscript lecture notes..
CSC 8550 - Concepts of Data Communications. At Villanova.
ECSE 4670 Computer Communication Networks. Rensselaer at Hartford.