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University of Colorado System

TCP/IP and Advanced Topics

University of Colorado System via Coursera


In this course, we give an in-depth study of the TCP/IP protocols. We examine the details of how IP enables communications across a collection of networks. We pay particular attention to the hierarchical structure of IP addresses and explain their role in ensuring scalability of the Internet. The role of address prefixes and the uses of masks are explained in details. We review in details about TCP three-way handshake, flow control, and congestion control. Furthermore, we provide an introduction to some advanced topics, including Multicast, SDN and security


  • Internet Protocol
    • This module examines the structure of the network layer: the IP packet, the details of IP addressing, and then focuses on subnetting technique that can efficiently utilize IP address space.
  • IP Addressing
    • This module examines class-less inter-domain routing CIDR technique that can efficiently utilize IP address space, discusses how IP is complemented by DHCP and ARP protocols, and motivations for introducing a new version of IPv6.
  • Transmission Control Protocol
    • This module discusses the structure of the transport layer UDP and TCP. It focuses on TCP, including the TCP three-way handshake, flow control, and congestion control mechanisms.
  • Advanced Topics
    • This module discusses mobile IP, introduces approaches to multicast routing, discusses the relationships between OpenFlow, DSN and NFV, and concludes by introducing some network security threats.
  • course project - TCP/IP and advanced topics
    • This is a comprehensive peer review assessment

Taught by

Xiaobo Zhou


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    Michelle Lee
    The course was well-informed, and was easy to medium difficulty.

    The professor is not the best at engaging his audience, but the information was brought to my attention with extra resources for me to look at.

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