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CS2013-Strawman-NC-Networking and Communications (DEPRECATED)

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sahami
CS2013-Strawman-NC-Networking and Communications (DEPRECATED)

The CS2013 Strawman Report comment period is now closed. Please see the CS2013 Ironman report for the latest CS2013 draft to comment on. Forum to comment on "NC-Networking and Communications" Knowledge Area in the CS2013 Strawman report. We ask that comments related to specific text in the report please specify the page number and line number(s) of the text being commented on. Line numbers are provided on the far left-hand side of the each page.

Tom Anderson
core vs. electives
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At my school, none of the topics that are in NC are required. And many topics not in NC are taught at depth. Perhaps this is unintentional, but the implication you have is that the most anyone needs to take in networking at the undergrad level is half a course, and it should be required for all students. Really?

cstone
Topic descriptions
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I am a big fan of topic bullet points---found here in NC/Introduction (page 106) and many other places---that include both the general area of coverage and very concrete/specific concepts.

I wish that this was even more common. For example, as a nonspecialist in these areas, I'm not sure what specifically is being recommended by general-sounding bullet points such as "Foundational approaches to validating models" (page 50), "Analysis and indexing" (page 88), "Principles of congestion control" (page 108), "Software architecture concepts" (page 151), "Software evolution" (page 155), and so on. More-detailed keywords would be helpful.

blahedo
Re: Topic descriptions
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I am a big fan of topic bullet points---found here in NC/Introduction (page 106) and many other places---that include both the general area of coverage and very concrete/specific concepts.

I guess this comment is making the opposite request from the one I made in my other post; I can certainly see the utility in having the greater specificity somewhere, I'd just rather it not be in the main topic bullet points. For a "nonspecialist", even just listing the topics might not be enough, and even more detail would be called for---perhaps in a supplementary document or a CS2013 website? Or if there are sample syllabi in another section of the report, that might be another place to put them.

blahedo
Micromanagement in this area
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After working through a basically complete mapping of a curriculum revision at my school to the (draft) CS2013 categories, I found that this category felt extremely micromanaged compared to all the others. It's the only KA that breaks down to the .5 hour; all its KUs are small (2 hours or less) and there are many of them; and within the bullet points for KU topics, it lists content with much greater specificity than the other KAs. Aside from making the mapping task a little more tedious, it does not grant as much flexibility to decide what is most important and to move with changing technologies.

sahami
Additional comments (received via email)
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Is there mention of social networks such as FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ and how this works? Or is that in the PBD section?

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