School of Computer Science

Module 26951 (2019)

Module description - Networks

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Module Title Networks
School School of Computer Science
Module Code 06-26951
Level 3/H
Member of Staff Ian Batten
Semester Semester 1 - 20 credits

Group Lectures and Supervised Lab Work

Contact Hours:



This module introduces the basic concepts, technologies, architecture and standards involved in computer networks, together with methods for their design and implementation. This will include discussion of data transmission protocols, TCP/IP, LANs and WANs, communication mechanisms and synchronization issues.The module will be based on the discussion of real-world case studies, research papers and standardisation documents.


On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues involved in computer networking.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the engineering principles of network and protocol design.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the layered organization and structuring of computer networks, distinguish the problems involved at each layer and understand the techniques and algorithms that have been devised to address these problems.
  4. Explain the main types of architectures and mechanisms of communication, such as client-server and communication protocols.
  5. Apply the theoretical concepts and abstractions discussed in the module to the analysis of real-world case studies and design of novel and innovative networked systems.
  6. Explain and analyse the design, organization and operation of state of the art technologies and systems such as cloud computing, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and online social networks.

Sessional: 2 hr Examination (80%) Continuous Assessment (20%)

Supplementary (where allowed): 2 hr Examination (100%)