Undergraduate Course: Computer Communications and Networks (INFR09027)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This is an introductory course on Computer Communications and Networks, focusing on fundamental concepts, principles and techniques. The course will introduce basic networking concepts, including: protocol, network architecture, reference models, layering, service, interface, multiplexing, switching and standards. An overview of digital communication from the perspective of computer networking will also be provided. Topics covered in this course include: Internet (TCP/IP) architecture and protocols, network applications, congestion/flow/error control, routing and internetworking, data link protocols, error detection and correction, channel allocation and multiple access protocols, communication media and selected topics in wireless and mobile networks. This course will also give hands-on experience in network programming using the socket API.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Students are also assumed to have basic programming expertise on Unix-type systems (e.g. Linux). Basic knowledge of operating systems would be helpful.
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - Be able to explain key networking concepts, principles, design issues and techniques at all protocol layers.
2 - Be able to contrast between different types of networks (e.g., wide area networks vs. local area networks, wired vs. wireless) in terms of their characteristics and protocols used.
3 - Be able to describe the Internet architecture, salient features of TCP/IP protocols, and unique characteristics of Ethernet and Wireless LANs.
4 - Have obtained hands-on experience in programming applications and protocols using TCP/UDP sockets.
|Written Examination 60|
Assessed Assignments 40
Oral Presentations 0
One programming assignment.
If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
||* Introduction to Computer Networking and the Internet
* Digital Communication Basics
* The Application Layer
* The Transport Layer
* The Network Layer
* The Data Link Layer
* The Medium Access Control Sub-Layer
* The Physical Layer
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Communications, Computer Networks
||* J. Kurose and K. Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", 6th edition, Pearson Education, 2012
* L. Peterson and B. Davie, "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach", 5th edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2011
* A. Tanenbaum and D. Wetherall, "Computer Networks", 5th Edition, Pearson, 2013
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 40
|Course organiser||Mr Vijayanand Nagarajan
Tel: (0131 6)51 3440
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Edminson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7607
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