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By Brandon Smith, ND The Computer Networking Programming and Simulator (CNP) course at the University of Washington has been praised by Computerworld, a publication that has been highly critical of the UW’s online program.
The course has garnered a wide range of positive reviews from industry professionals.
“Computer Networking is a very solid course that offers a solid foundation for those who want to learn about network design and operation and the various techniques and applications that come with it,” one of the course’s instructors told Computerworld.
“It is well designed and is easy to follow.”
The course’s instructor, Dr. Brian Sadowski, said he is impressed with the course and how well it teaches the material.
“CNP is an excellent course to get the students up to speed on the concepts needed to be able to write code and use that code to do complex tasks,” he said.
“I am also pleased to report that the course is well-structured and provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of network theory, including the concepts of latency, latency propagation, and the impact of latency on network performance.”
Sadowske added that CNP is not a complete introduction to computer networking, but it does teach the basics of the topic and gives students the tools they need to develop network designs.
“The CNP course is great for students looking to get their hands dirty and work on projects related to networking,” he added.
“Most importantly, the course provides a clear path from the foundational concepts to practical projects, which should be easy to do for students who are more technically inclined.”
The CNP programming course has been rated one of Computerworld’s best computer networking courses, and a recent survey by the company found that students in the course rated it highly on its content, as well as on the instructor’s personal performance.
Computerworld has also been very critical of some of the material in the CNP program, including one of its articles that cited “some of the most basic assumptions about computer networking theory.”
“It’s not a bad course at all,” one user wrote on the site.
“However, I think that some of it is so poorly presented that the only real value of it for students is in understanding the underlying concepts behind how networking works.”
The instructor who gave the CNSP course the most positive reviews, Dr (and former University of Virginia computer science professor) Dr. Chris Gossett, told Computer World that he is also pleased with the CPN course.
“This is a good course for students that want to get up to code in a practical way and really get into the practical use of what the algorithms can do,” he told Computer.
“A great way to get into networking, especially given that most of the courses on this site are very technical.”
“As far as I’m concerned, the CNPS is the best course for the most part,” Gossetsaid.
“Some of the topics are very well explained, and they really help students learn the concepts.”
Sadowkski, the instructor, said that students should consider taking the CNA course if they plan to do any kind of coding in the future.
“If you are a computer programmer, the computer networking program is the perfect fit,” he explained.
“You can use the material to get a basic foundation in networking and then really get in there and work with real-world network problems.”