ES 101A: Communication in Digital Age (3)

Fall 2011



Lectures on

Course Location


Office in Salazar

Office hours




M & W 4:00-5:15 PM

Darwin 102

Dr. Ali Kujoory

Room 2008A

M 11 am-12 pm, M &W 3:15-3:45 pm, after classes in the class, or by appointment

(707) 664-2030


T & Th 7-8:15 PM

Darwin 103

Co-taught by Dr. Don Estreich & Dr. Ali Kujoory


T & Th 2:30-3:45 PM

Darwin 102

Dr. Don Estreich

Room 2010C

Tu 4-5 pm, Th 5:45-6:45 pm or by appointment

(707) 664-2030


Course Description - 3-hour Lecture. Concept of digital age, technology and modern communications, understanding various routinely used technical terms and commonly known computer and communications components and devices; understanding digital voice, video and data communication, mobile communication and communication through internet; ill effects such as radiation, invasion of privacy, unethical usages and protection from them; assessment of learning. (The companion laboratory course ES 101B is strongly recommended; the course does not apply to ES major.) Prerequisite: GE Math eligibility.


Prerequisite - GE Math eligibility


Course Objective - The objectives of this course are to achieve the GE Area B3 objectives which are:

o    This course aims to achieve the GE Area B3 objectives which are:

o    Improve understanding and application of the concepts and theories of science and technology.

o    Understand the interconnected and ever-changing relationships among the natural, physical, and technological sciences.

o    Critically assess the social and ethical implications of science and technology in relations to their daily lives.

o    Improve problem solving and critical thinking skills through application of scientific knowledge using hands-on activities.

o    Utilize technology in pursuit of intellectual growth and efficacious human interaction.

o    Explore and research application of scientific methods.


Attendance - Attendance is mandatory. There will be no excused absences except in the case of emergencies that could be substantiated. See


Class Participation - Your participation in the class and in the group discussions (see the list below); also based on the reading, developing questions, and perspectives you would like to raise in the class.


Homework Ė Eight (8) homework assignments will be given. Homework must be turned in paper copy by the beginning of class the day it is due. Late submissions will not be graded. Use Microsoft Word to write your homework and print a paper copy. Be concise, neat, and organized.

Quizzes - There are 4 multiple-choice quizzes to be given during the class. These quizzes are based on the slides and the related materials. You will receive a grade of 0 (zero) if you do not appear for an exam without an acceptable excuse. There may be also pop quizzes from time to time.


Academic Honesty - You are responsible to behave ethically & honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery, and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated, will receive zero grade and can be reported to SSU authorities. See


Required Text - The scope of the material covered in this course is quite wide, though at a basic level. There is no single book which can do justice to the course. Slides of the lecture notes will be provided will ample text and diagrams. A list of references will be provided for students to do literature surveys and supplement the classroom lectures. The Internet will be the primary source of information for the topics discussed. All class material can be accessed from this website.


Course Grade Evaluation Policy:

Homework assignments


Quizzes (1, 2, 3, & 4)


In the class participation and attendance and group discussions

Unexcused absences will affect this percentage.



NO extra credit will be allowed.


Important about the quizzes:

o    Please bring a Scantron Form No. 882-E form for each quiz. You cannot take the quiz without a proper Scantron form; they are available at the Sonoma State University bookstore.

o    You will need to use a pencil with No. 2 lead so please bring a couple of No. 2 pencils.

o    The Scantron machine marks no answer as WRONG. If you donít know the answer, you should still mark a choice.

o    The Scantron machine marks multiple answers as WRONG. So you should mark only one choice per question.

o    Please mark-up also the question sheet and make sure to turn it in with the Scantron form.


To enjoy good grades, follow the steps at the bottom of this website (*)!



o    A = 94 and above, A- = 90-93, B+ = 87-89, B =84-86, B- =80-83, C+ =77-79, C- =74-76, C- =70-73, D+ =67-69, D = 64-66, D- = 60-63, F = below 60


Our Expectations:

o    Arrive on time to attend the class. Unexcused absences will affect your grade.

o    Pay 100% attention. No talking is allowed.

o    Turn off cell phones, earphones and other distracting devices.

o    Preview the slides before each lecture and after the lecture.

o    Be responsible for materials covered in every class.

o    Hand in your assignments on time at the beginning of the class.

o    Speak up whenever you have questions or suggestions.

o    Form a study group to work together to improve your understanding.


Group Discussions:

o    Objectives - Let the students learn teamwork, be able to discuss problems and find total solutions, resolve differences, practice leadership, summarize ideas, and present their findings.

o    The in-class group discussions are for short topics, about 10 minutes most including the group work, sharing, and presenting the result of the discussion.

o    Structure - The class is divided into 2 or more groups, each group comprises 3-5 students, with one Group Leader chosen by the group members for each activity or topic.

o    Responsibility of group members - All members should participate actively in all activities and contribute to the discussion.

o    Responsibility of Group Leader

o    Facilitates the group discussion, keeps the necessary order, makes sure that the group is focused on the topic, keeps the votes if required, summarizes the output (according to the votes if necessary), and makes sure that the group delivers on time (Notes can be captured by a recorder or the leader).

o    Leadership rotates among members so that every member will have an opportunity to practice leading a group.

o    For each activity the group leader presents the output/result to the class.


Course Outcomes:



Please do not download the homework assignments earlier than two weeks before each due date.

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Section 1 Days/2011

Homework Due & Chapters Covered

Sections 2 & 3 Days/2011

Homework Due & Chapters Covered

Chapters Syllabus

W 8/24


TH 8/25


General Information & Course Overview

M 8/29


TU 8/30


Ch_I: Introduction to digital age and technology and its impact on daily life, historical perspectives of communication technology; interconnection between science and technology, impact of digital age on modern communication, analog and digital signals; understanding how voice and video are represented by digital signal and its effect on the quality of signal.

W 8/31

Ch_I cont.

TH 9/1

Ch_I cont.

References for Ch_I: Book_Chapter_1.pdf, Book_Chapter_2.pdf, ST1_Engr contributions.pdf, Ch_V: Book ST5-2 Moore's Law.pdf

M 9/5

Labor Day (No Class)

TU 9/6

Ch_I cont.

W 9/7

Ch_I cont.

TH 9/8


Ch_II: Develop the concept of Electric Charge, Law of Conservation of Charge, Voltage, Current, and Power, Magnetic Fields, Waves, Electric Circuits, Direct and Alternating Current, Ohm's Law.

M 9/12



TU 9/13


Ch II cont.

References for Ch_II: Book_Chapter_3.pdf

W 9/14

Ch II cont.

TH 9/15

Ch II cont.

M 9/19

Ch II cont.

TU 9/20



Ch_III: Developing an understanding of communication and networking terminology such as signal power, bits and bytes, bit rate, bandwidth, broadband. Introduction to commonly known computer and communications components and devices such as IC chips, memory, lasers, LCD, HDTV. Understanding network topologies, network types, transmission media for information transfer.

W 9/21



TH 9/22

Ch_III + review_quiz1_ch_i_ii

References for Ch_III: Book_digital_storage_and_bit_rate.pdf

M 9/26

Ch_III + review_quiz1_ch_i_ii

TU 9/27

QUIZ 1 on Ch I & II

Followed by Group Discussion

W 9/28

QUIZ 1 on Ch I & II

Followed by Ch IV & Group Discussion

TH 9/29


Ch_IV: Developing a concept of voice, video and data communications over telephone lines, cables, microwaves and optical fibers. Internet audio/video technologies, audio and video compression techniques.

M 10/3


TU 10/4


Ch_IV cont.

W 10/5


Ch_IV cont.

TH 10/6

Ch_IV cont.

M 10/10

Ch_IV cont.

TU 10/11


Ch_V: Develop an understanding of the workings of the Internet, World Wide web and email. Understand the concept and operation of mobile and cellular communications and by-pass technology (wireless local loops) to by-pass local telephone networks. References for Ch_II: decimal_binary_conversion.pdf and ST2_Binary Code.pdf

W 10/12


TH 10/13

Ch_V cont.

M 10/17

Ch_V cont.

TU 10/18


Ch_V + review_quiz2_ch_iii_iv

W 10/19


Ch_V + review_quiz2_ch_iii_iv

TH 10/20

QUIZ 2 on Ch_III, Ch_IV followed by Ch_VI_Wireless_Communication

Ch_VI: What is wireless, How Wireless Network Works, Planning and Installing a WLAN, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiMax, Wireless 3G, Wireless Communication Devices.

M 10/24

QUIZ 2 on Ch_III, Ch_IV followed by Ch_VI_Wireless_Communication.

TU 10/25

Ch_VI cont.

W 10/26

Ch_VI cont.

TH 10/27

Ch_VI cont.

M 10/31


Ch_VII_Computers_Communication Devices

TU 11/1


Ch_VII_Computers_Communication Devices

Ch_VII: Definition of a Computer, Personal Computers (PCs), Memory Storage in Computers, Hard Disk Drives & Optical Disk Drives, Computer Boot process, Important Software (OS, Google, Applications), Netbooks, GPS Satellite System Description.

W 11/2

Ch_VII cont.

TH 11/3

Ch_VII cont.

References for Ch_VII: Book_Chapter_5.pdf

M 11/7


Ch_VII cont. +review_quiz3_ch_v_vi

TU 11/8


Ch_VII cont. +review_quiz3_ch_v_vi

W 11/9


followed by QUIZ 3 on Ch_V & VI

TH 11/10


followed by QUIZ 3 on Ch_V & VI

Ch_VIII: What is Home Networking, Home Network with DSL or Cable Access, Device selection criteria (computer, telephone set, TV), How technology convergence works, Bundling telephone, TV, and Internet services, What is Enterprise Networking, Enterprise Network Components, How Enterprise Networks Work.

M 11/14


Ch_VIII cont.

TU 11/15


Ch_VIII cont.

W 11/16


TH 11/17


Ch_IX: What are Hazardous Substances, What are Restricted Hazardous Substances, What are Radiation Health Hazards, EM Radiation, Microwave, Cell Phones, What are Laser Hazards.

M 11/21


TU 11/22


Ch_X: Need for Security, What is Network Security, What are Security Mechanisms, What is a Firewall, How to Make Network Security Work, Mobile web Security, How Home Network Security Works.

W 11/23

Thanks Giving (NO CLASS)

TH 11/24

Thanks Giving (NO CLASS)

M 11/28

Ch_X cont.

TU 11/29

Ch_X cont.

W 11/30

Invited lecture on computer security titled "Information Security Concepts, Top threats, Good Practices, etc."

TH 12/1

Invited lecture on computer security titled "Information Security Concepts, Top threats, Good Practices, etc."

Invited speaker: Mr. Andru Luvisi, Information Security Officer, Information Technology, SSU.

M 12/5


Ch_X cont. + Review Ch VII, VIII, IX, X

TU 12/6


Ch_X cont. + Review Ch VII, VIII, IX, X

W 12/7

QUIZ 4 on all Chapters

TH 12/8

QUIZ 4 on all Chapters

M 12/12


TU 12/13



(*) Ways to succeed in the course efficiently: Practice makes perfect!

Practice the following and observe how your grades improve quickly:

Before the class:

Download the slides from the website and review them.

Make a list of questions on what you do not understand. these are like warming up for a physical workout and make lectures a reinforcement rather than an initial exposure.

In the class:

Take the front seat in the class.

Be present, pay attention, and listen actively.

Take good notes & record whatever your professor writes on the board.

Ask the questions you prepared to clarify. this keeps you awake and focused and impresses your professor.

Do not be reluctant to ask questions.

After the lecture:

Review the slides and notes.

Do the assignments/homework problems to practice.Do this before the deadline. this way you will learn the material with no worries and you can do will in your tests with only little review/preparations.

Note: As a guideline you should plan to study about 2-3 hours for each lecture hour.

Suggested Supplementary Topics and Texts:

o    List of acronyms: A_Acronyms.pdf

o    Google the words or concepts you do not understand.

o    Book chapters as indicated above.

o    How Networks Work, by Frank Derfler and Les Freed, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0789732323, Que, 2004.

o    How Wireless Works, by Preston Gralla, 2nd ed., ISBN: 978-0789733443, Que, 2005.

o    Data Communications and Networking, by Behrouz Forouzan, 4th ed., ISBN: 978-0073250328, McGraw Hill, 2007.

o    Data and Computer Communications, by William Stallings, 7th ed., ISBN: 978-0131006812, Prentice Hall, 2003.

o    Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems, by John Nellist, 3rd ed., ISBN: 978-0471150329, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2001

o    Computer Networks, by Andrew Tanenbaum, 4th ed. ISBN: 978-0130661029, Prentice Hall, 2002.

o    Data Communications: From Basics to Broadband, by William Beyda, 4th ed., ISBN: 978-0131456921, Prentice Hall, 2004.