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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.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
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)
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Factual||Remember||ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.|