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Introduction to Computer Networks: The Internet UMassLowell

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About This Course

This course introduces the basic components of computer network systems and introduces students to the fundamental concepts of communication between computers. Topics such as the Internet, Routing, and Fiber-optic networks are discussed. This course has been developed by Jeremy Plante, a PhD student in the Computer Engineering department of UMass Lowell. The course is meant to work its way up to a high-level understanding of his novel research, and is designed with high-school students in mind.

This course begins with the fundamental question of "What is the Internet?" Since it's something we use almost daily (and often without realizing), this feels like a pretty organic place to start. From there we will move on to more advance topics and understand not simply what a computer network is, but also how it works. By the end of the course, students will be introduced to cutting-edge topics that nobody outside of the instructor and the students enrolled in this course, have ever been exposed to. That's right - You will be exposed to brand new science!


None. Anyone wih an interest in understanding how computers talk to one another so that people may better communicate is welcome to enroll in this course.

Course Staff

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Jeremy Plante

Jeremy is a PhD student researching high-speed networks at UMass Lowell. Much of his research experience has been broken down and modularized for this course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, this course uses very high-level concepts and examples to deliver the necessary information.

Do I need to have computer skills to understand this course?

No! You merely need to understand that a computer works off electricity and understand that computers can talk to one another. If that sounds interesting, then please enroll in this course!

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  2. Classes Start

    Dec 21, 2015
  3. Classes End

    Dec 21, 2016
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