Telecommunications | Telecommunications Networks
T322 | 10695 | Forkner, T

Spring 2009
T322 Telecommunications Networks
Instructor:  Terry R. Forkner

Understand the development of telephone telecommunications.  Be
able to describe historical issues with regard to economic, social,
political, and technological perspectives.  Be able to describe
specific events surrounding the rapidly changing telecommunications
industry and discuss the impact of those events.  Be able to
describe the current status of the industry, the impact the industry
has on society, and possible future directions the industry may
take.  Be able to describe the functional components of the
telephone system, their operational characteristics, and how
technology issues affect the policy process, both directly and

This course is presented in a lecture/discussion format.
Students are given assigned readings each week that are targeted at
the developments in a particular time period.  The associated
lectures are aimed at creating a comprehensive understanding of the
issues and their relationships.  Lectures are designed to encourage
active discussion by students.

PREREQUISITES: TEL T207 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of
the instructor

Project 1              5 %
Project 2              20 %
Mid-term               25 %
Final exam             25 %
Participation          25 %

Exams are designed to enable the student to demonstrate a command of
the major issues through essay and short answer.  Project 1 is a
small group discussion and presentation assignment.   Project
2 is a 10-page research paper on a telephony-related topic of your
choice.  Emphasis on participation is designed to encourage
attendance and “active” learning.

Introduction to Telephones and Telephone Systems, Noll
Telephone – The First 100 Years, Brooks

Meetings:  	Tuesday    9:30am - 12:15pm

This course counts toward Social and Historical Studies distribution
requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. It may, or may
not, also count toward other degree requirements. For more
information about which requirements this course could fulfill see
the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin at
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