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Course Overview

This course explores the techniques for packet data communication using Internet technologies.  It starts by understanding Ethernet local network standards and how this developed from a cable bus to a switched high-speed network.  It then proceeds to describe the operation of the network and transport layers, using examples from Internet Engineering to explain how a packet switched network can provide services that can be used by applications.  The course is accessible to students of computer science and electronic engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Godred (Engineering) Fairhurst

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Computing Science (CS) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic) or () or Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Master Of Engineering In Electronic & Software Engineering or Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering Electronic & Software or Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • One of EE3576 Communications Engineering 1 (Passed) or EG3567 Communications Engineering 1a (Passed) or EG3576 Communications Engineering 1 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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. For the Physical Layer the use of synchronous digital transmission is described. For the Link Layer, the evolution and operation of the Ethernet Local Area Network is studied, including a practical exercise to design a network. For the Network Layer, the Internet is used as an example of a wide area network. At the Transport Layer, the UDP protocol is presented and the role of the transport service is discussed. By the end of the course students should have knowledge and understanding of data transmission over digital communications networks and the technology used to construct Local and Wide Area Networks.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Coursework - Short report (25%)

Ethernet decode packets and network traces (25%)

On-line assessment in the form of a mini exam (50%)



Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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