ICS 461

Voice and Data Communications

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course emphasizes the technical underpinnings of voice and data communication systems including engineering specifications, architectures, protocols and capacities. Relevant system design, development and operational considerations associated with deploying these communication systems are discussed.

Special information

Note: Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.First day attendance is mandatory.

Learning outcomes


  • Differentiate between analog and digital signals and communication systems.
  • Explain the appropriate applications of different communication media.
  • Apply concepts such as bandwidth, noise, multiplexing, and demultiplexing to solve simple communication problems.
  • Analyze the flow of information in networks using devices such as routers and bridges.
  • Explain the technologies used in digital telephony.
  • Use technical vocabulary to describe commonly used telecommunications systems.
  • Explain the applications of Internet infrastructure and services.