Postgraduate Course: Computer Networking (Level 11) (INFR11049)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Computer networking is a major area of interest in practical computer science. This course aims to give students a perspective on the many and diverse techniques and structures used in communications networks. Additionally it covers recent developments in the area and future trends.
* Introduction: overview of current network structures; message, circuit and packet switching. Influencing factors: technology, regulation, standards and market forces.
* Applications and layered architectures: web browsing, email; the OSI Reference Model.
* Properties of media: twisted pair, co-axial cable, optical fibre, radio. Multiplexing: frequency-division; time-division, CDMA, WDM.
* SONET. Telephone network switches and signalling. Traffic and routing control. Cellular & Satellite phone networks.
* Peer-to-Peer protocol service models; ARQ protocols: Stop & Wait, Go-Back-N, Selective Repeat; transmission efficiency.
* Routing algorithms: static and dynamic; centralised and distributed; link state and distance vector routing; Bellman-Ford; Dijkstra; Flooding. Interior and Exterior Internet routing protocols.
* Traffic Management and Congestion control.
* TCP/IP architecture; IP packets, addressing, routing; IPv4 & IPv6. Voice over IP.
* ATM Networks: Adaptation Layers; Quality of Service parameters. Network management.
* Wireless networks: 802.11, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS/UMTS.
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Computer Communications, Computer Networks
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Two assignments. One will be on writing a survey based on set of papers on a cutting edge research topic in networking. Other will be a simulation based performance study of network protocols.
You should expect to spend approximately 30 hours on the coursework for this course.
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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Be able to describe different types of internet applications (including delay sensitive multimedia applications) and their associated transport and network resource allocations issues
- Be able to contrast between different types of wireless networks in terms of their application scenarios, architectures, resource allocation problems as well as describe cross-cutting issues such as mobility support
- Be able to describe various network performance metrics and their measurement methodologies and techniques
- Have developed an insight into cutting edge issues by understanding the research on advanced topics in networking and and summarising it in writing
- Have obtained hands-on experience in simulation based performance study of networks
|* James Kurose, Keith 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 Education, 2013
* Additional readings in the form of other reference texts and research papers as needed
|Course organiser||Dr Mahesh Marina
Tel: (0131 6)50 5125
|Course secretary||Mr Gregor Hall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5194