Note: The information here is intended primarily as a historical reference.
The Education Program for Software Professionals (EPSP) was a diploma program offered by the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (circa 1996 to 2005). TRG Computer Consultants served as a curriculum advisor and course designer for two of the six courses in the program: the Database Management course and the Distributed Systems and Computer Networks course.
In 1999, the program was presented as a case study to the Canadian federal goverment's Human Resources Development Canada. The full citation is:
And, EPSP was showcased in the popular press publication IT World Canada in the article University of Waterloo steps up IT skills, published January 14, 1999.Partnering for Learnware Case Studies and Critical Success Factors Lyndsay Green and Anna Stahmer Auguest 1999 Office of Learning Technologies Human Resources Development Canada 15 Eddy Street, Ground Floor Hull, Quebec K1A 0M5
The "networks" course was build around the ISO OSI 7-layer reference model, with the discussion of TCP/IP based on a comparison to the OSI (TCP/IP was still somewhat new outside academia in those days). Implicitly, the course provided an extensive discussion of a layered-system architectures, "black-box" interfaces and the separation of functional descriptions from implementation. Along the way there was plenty of discussion of networking-specific concepts. There was some hands-on work with Java and other web-based application protocols.