Engineering

ECM2117 - Communication and Networking Technologies (2010)

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MODULE TITLECommunication and Networking Technologies CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2117 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth introduction to the fundamental principles underlying modern communication and network technologies and their applications. The emphasis is on the protocols involved and how they inter-work. The Internet is used as a vehicle for presenting the different protocols in a practical setting. Wherever possible, real-life examples are used to demonstrate the applications and protocols in action.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Main Topic: Communication Networks: Network Types, Reference Models and Standards. Sub-topics: Lecture 1: Computer networks: Network types and topologies Network Models: Connection oriented and connectionless communication Lecture 2: Reference Models: OSI Seven layer model, TCP/IP model Network Standardisation Main Topic: Physical Layer Sub-topics: Lecture 3: Transmission fundamentals: - Properties of signals, Digital transmission (Analogue to digital conversion, digital modulation, digital line coding), Multiplexing Lecture 4: Transmission media: - Guided Transmission Media, Wireless Transmission, Communication Satellites Lecture 5: Public Switched Telephone Network: - Structure of telephone system, Trunks, Switching Lecture 6: The local loop: Modems, ADSL and Wireless local loops Lecture 7: Mobile Telephone Systems: - cellular architecture, signalling methods, GSM, 3G Main Topic: Data Link Layer Sub-topics: Lecture 8: Error detection and correction, Data link protocols The Internet data link layer Main Topic: Medium Access Control Sub layer Sub-topics: Lecture 9: The Channel allocation problem, Multiple access protocols Internet Data link layer switching Lecture 10: Ethernet Lecture 11: Wireless LANs, Broadband Wireless Access, Bluetooth Main Topic: The network layer Sub-topics: Lecture 12: Virtual circuit and datagram networks What’s inside a router IP: Internet Protocol - Datagram format, IPv4 addressing, ICMP, IPv6 Lecture 13: Routing algorithms - Link state, Distance Vector, Hierarchical routing Lecture 14: Routing in the Internet - RIP, OSPF, BGP, Broadcast and multicast routing Lecture 15: Routing for Mobile Hosts Routing in ad hoc Networks Main Topic: The Transport Layer Sub-topics: Lecture 16: Transport Service, Elements of Transport Protocols, Network Performance Lecture 17: Internet Transport protocols: - UDP, TCP Main Topic: Application Layer Sub-topics: Lecture 18: DNS, Electronic Mail, World Wide Web Lecture 19: Multimedia: Video and Audio, Internet Radio, VoIP Main Topic: Network Security Sub-topics: Lecture 20: Cryptography, Symmetric and Public Keys, Digital Signatures Lecture 21: Communication Security:- IPsec, Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, Wireless Security, Attacks and counter -measures Email Security: PGP, PEM, S/MIME Web Security: Secure Naming, SSL, Mobile Code Security Main Topic: Next Generation Telephone Networks Sub-topics: Lecture 22: NGN - BT21CN
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Stallings, W Computer Networking with Internet Protocols and Technology Prentice Hall 2004 978-0131410985 [Library]
Set Kurose and Ross Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet 6th Addison Wesley 2013 000-0-321-26976-4 [Library]
Set Tanenbaum, A. Computer Networks 5th Prentice Hall 2010 000-0-130-38488-7 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined