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EG 3567
COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING 1A
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Prof G Fairhurst

Pre-requisite(s): EG 2060 (CAS 9).

Note(s): Available only to candidates following an Honours degree programme in Engineering except with the permission of the Head of School.

The practical working of a communications network is studied together with the fundamental features required to provide a communications service. The basic concepts and terminology used in data communications are explained with reference to the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model. For the Physical Layer the use of synchronous digital transmission is described. For the Link Layer the Ethernet local area network is studied, including a practical exercise to design a company network. For the Network Layer the Internet is used as an example of a wide area network. For the Transport Layer TCP and UDP protocols and the role of the transport service are discussed.

24 one-hour lectures, 6 one-hour tutorials and 6 three-hour practicals in total.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%) and in-course assessment (20%).