Two Fall 2009 Courses Expand Options for TCOM Students

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In the upcoming Fall semester, the MS in Telecommunications program will offer two courses that have not been part of the regular course offerings in the recent past. A completely revamped TCOM 547 Telecommunications Project Management will focus on the many facets of managing a task as complex as a wireless systems launch; students can use this course to meet the program's elective core requirement. Additionally, a course on IP Multicasting will be offered under the course number TCOM 690 Advanced Topics in Telecommunications; this course can be used as an elective towards the ANPT certificate.

The TCOM 547 course will be taught by Prof. Narendra Mangra who is uniquely qualified to teach this course with solid experience and qualifications in both the technical and business aspects of Telecommunications. Prof. Mangra holds graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has consulted extensively in the wireless industry, including Sprint-Nextel and Lucent.
 
The premise for the course is that wireless telecommunications landscape is rapidly evolving as it extends into traditional industries to create new value propositions. Some of the new wireless services include mobile broadband data services, location based services, m-commerce, machine-to-machine communications, etc. Wireless telecommunications project managers are faced with the challenges of working with cross-functional teams to drive multiple complex mobile and internet communications systems interoperability.
 
The course is geared towards addressing the project management skills needed to operate in this dynamic wireless telecommunications environment. Course topics include: PMI project framework, strategic vision and project conception, technology and vendor selection, wireless market setup, marketing requirements, design assumptions and tradeoffs, time-to-market, deployment cost and total cost of ownership, risk management and contingency planning, regulatory compliance, and system launches. Project management topics such as project initiation and planning, stakeholder analysis, scheduling, quality management, risk assessment, cost management, effective project communications, and project deliverables, will be discussed within the context of the wireless project environment.  
 
The TCOM 690 course will be taught by Prof. Graham Sheppard. Prof. Sheppard is a graduate of our Telecommunications program and is now a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems. The new course on IP Multcasting developed by Prof. Sheppard expands the telecommunications program's already solid course offerings in the area of advanced networking protocols and technologies and addresses the increasing importance of multicast in IP networks.
 
In a recent forecast experts predicted video will account for 90 percent of all global consumer IP traffic by 2013. Applications including video conferencing, IPTV, and mobile DVB-H are just a few of the major players in the future growth of the internet. Multicast is a technology which will be relied upon to help scale these applications by providing a reduction in bandwidth consumption and server resources. TCOM 690 is a new course created to provide students with a solid foundation of IP multicast concepts as well as the implementation knowledge for both Enterprise and ISP multicast networks. Topics covered include protocol independent multicast, internet group management protocol, multicast source discovery protocol, and multicast VPNs. This course will be taught through lectures and labs to provide students with both theory and real-life practical knowledge. Students will need to have a solid background in IP Routing Protocols (TCOM 515 or TCOM 609) and a basic understanding of MPLS to be successful in the class.