Course Requirements

Introductory Courses

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions: 

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.

Foundation Courses

Students must achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Courses. Students who do not meet the Foundation Courses' GPA requirement must retake the course with the lowest grade. If a number of such courses exist, it is up to the student to choose which class to retake. Only the higher grade will count toward the average grade for the purpose of completing the GPA Requirement.

Students who have not completed the Foundation Course and grade requirements can register for a maximum of 4 Advanced Courses.

Advanced Courses

Major Elective Courses

Students must complete 3 TDC courses from the range TDC 430 to TDC 599. A minimum of 2 courses must be 500-level.

CDM Open Elective Courses

Students must complete 2 CDM Open Elective Courses. Open Elective Courses are in the range of 421-699 ( excluding TDC 425) and must be from the College of CDM. Open Elective Courses must not have been otherwise used to satisfy degree requirements. Credit for courses taken outside of the school will only be given if approved by a faculty advisor. Any course required for the student's concentration but taken as part of the requirements of another degree earned by the student may be waived, but cannot be used for Open Elective credit.

Capstone

Degree Requirements 

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the five Foundation Courses.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses outside of the foundation courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of *52 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

    Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

    For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook.

    TDC 460

    FOUNDATIONS OF NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES

    An introductory course on network technologies for local and wide area networks. The course examines in detail the core concepts fo network architectures, Ethernet systems including wired, wireless, and Metro, virtual local area networks, storage area networks, optical networking, and the more traditional network services such as T-1, frame relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), and SONET. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 405 and TDC 413
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 463

    COMPUTER NETWORKS AND DATA SYSTEMS

    A detailed discussion of the upper layers of network architectures. Network protocol organization will be discussed using TCP/IP as an example. IP addresses, subnetting, supernetting, and CIDR. Routing algorithms. Transport layer protocols. Application layer protocols. Introduction to IPv6. PREREQUISITE (S): TDC 405 and TDC 413
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 464

    CONVERGED MULTIMEDIA NETWORKS

    Exploration of multimedia networks including voice, data, and video services offered by network carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to both enterprise and residential customers. The course starts with an overview of current voice and data networks and presents the driving forces leading to a converged multimedia network. The focus is on Voice over IP (VoIP), including signaling, protocols, equipment, network architecture/design, traffic engineering, and service deployment strategy. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 405
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 477

    NETWORK SECURITY

    Network infrastructure security issues, including perimeter security defense, firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, Intrusion Detection Systems, wireless security, network security auditing tools and ethical considerations. Strategies for the deployment of "Defense-In-Depth" mechanisms in an enterprise computing environment. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 463

    TDC 511

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRACTICUM

    Introduction to the functionality and management of voice and data communications equipment in the Telecommunications and Local Area Networks laboratories. Emphasis will be on practical understanding and experience through laboratory exercises. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 411 and TDC 460 and TDC 463

    TDC 560

    ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES AND DESIGN

    This course introduces advanced network technologies and design, including Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), MPLS Virtual Private Networks, IP storage networks, content distribution, capacity planning and traffic engineering. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 460, TDC 463
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 563

    PROTOCOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR DATA NETWORKS

    Advanced topics in TCP/IP including IPv6, TCP traffic control, routing protocols, multicast routing protocols, and upper layer protocols supporting Quality of Service (QoS) in the new generation of the Internet; compression techniques; introduction to SNA and APPN, SNA and TCP/IP integration. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 463
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 594

    NETWORK CAPSTONE

    In this class students will synthesize knowledge from previous courses to design, build, test, and demonstrate a comprehensive network project as members of a project team. Topics introduced or reviewed, and used in completing the project, will include network requirement analysis, network architecture design, vendor evaluation, planning, experimental design, physical design, logical design, security design, testing strategy, documentation, change management, and network management strategy. Other topics include reasoning about uncertain user requirements, negotiation, online meeting techniques, and group dynamics. The capstone course will extensively use the DLPOD environment and the OPNET for network design and experiment. PREREQUISITE(S): TDC 511 and TDC 560 and TDC 563
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 405

    VOICE AND DATA NETWORK FUNDAMENTALS

    This course provides an introduction to voice and data networking technologies, including public and private voice services, Ethernet and Internet data technologies, network security, business applications and network management. The structure, regulation, and history of the telecom and data network industry will be discussed as well. PREREQUISITE(S): None
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 411

    INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER AND NETWORK SYSTEMS

    This course is an introduction to computer architecture and operating systems with an emphasis on network systems. Topics include computer components and functions, logic circuits, process management, memory management, file management, interrupts and I/O peripheral devices. Students will have several hands-on labs on the Linux environment and learn to write the Shell script for system and network administration. PREREQUISITE(S): None
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.

    TDC 413

    INTRODUCTION TO LAN AND WAN

    This course covers the principles of local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) technologies including structured cabling, protocols, network devices, and network operating systems. Students will learn the theories and practices of designing, provisioning, and deploying LAN and WAN in an enterprise environment. Assigned lab exercises involving LAN/WAN configuration and troubleshooting will help reinforce various concepts. PREREQUISITE(S): None
    Prerequisites:
    CDM graduate students in the Preqrequisite Phase are restricted from registering for this class.