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ECM2117 - Communication and Networking Technologies (2015)

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MODULE TITLECommunication and Networking Technologies CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2117 MODULE CONVENERDr Krisztian Kohary (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Communications and networking technologies are rapidly evolving, and have revolutionised the ways in which we socialise, and network in business. This module gives you the chance to gain in-depth knowledge of these technologies, and the ways in which they are used. You will learn all about protocols - the set of rules and instructions that computers and other devices follow when they communicate with each other across a network. Furthermore, you will gain invaluable practical experience, using the Internet as a tool to assist on your own project, in which you will conduct a risk analysis, and gain a deeper understanding of the impact that viruses can have on computer networks. You will also get the chance to see computer applications and protocols in action, when lecturers give demonstrations, using real life examples.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to equip you with the underlying theory and knowledge that underpins the fields of communications engineering and computer networking. You will learn about the nature and purpose of key telecommunication and networking principles, and apply these principles to addressing typical telecommunications and networking problems. You will demonstrate what you have learnt by critically evaluating a specified communication system, and providing an appropriate technical solution to a problem associated with that system. 

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references U1, U2, E1, E2, E3, E4, D1, D4, D5, D6, S4, P1, P4 and P6. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

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

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 identify the need to standardise communication networks, and for devices within those networks to work together;
2 appreciate the characteristics of various transmission and networking technologies and the main factors that affect their performance;
3 demonstrate a working knowledge of a number of different protocols, the network standards to which devices must comply to ensure they can work together, and hardware and software components;
4 show knowledge of the design and operation of a number of telephone and Internet networks and systems;
5 compare and contrast the characteristics of different types of networks, and protocols used;
6 understand the principles of network security;
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
7 grasp the theoretical principles underlying communication systems and networks through application and problem solving;
8 use network software tools to simulate, design and analyse Internet based communication networks.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
9 monitor your own progress through tutor-marked assignments (TMA) and self-assessment questions (SAQ);
10 assess the effectiveness of your learning strategies, including time management, and modify appropriately;
11 utilise a variety of information sources to understand and supplement lecture material.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Basic Telecommunication Principles:
 

- inter-link communication;

- electrical signals;

- analogue and digital modulation;

- pulse code modulation;

- asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL);

- Bluetooth.

 

Introduction to the Internet:
 

- the 5 layer Internet protocol stack;

- the key functions and protocols of the application layer;

- Domain Name System (DNS), FTP and Email (SMTP & POP3);

- multimedia streaming over the Internet;

- TCP and UDP transport protocols;

- the IP protocol;

- Ethernet LANS.
 

Introduction to Telephony:


- analogue telephony networks, integrated digital networks, next generation networks;

- overview of GSM mobile networks: mobile phone system, base station subsystem, network switching subsystem and operation and maintenance subsystem.
 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 30.00 Guided Independent Study 120.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 8 Tutorials
Guided independent study 120 Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Not applicable

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 60 2 hours 1-7 Written (verbal upon request)
Coursework – TMA 1 Essay 10 6 hours 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11 Written and verbal
Coursework – TMA 2 network simulation and design study 20 6 hours 1-7, 9, 10, 11 Written and verbal
Coursework – TMA 3 Problem Sheet 10 12 hours 1-6, 8-11 Written and verbal

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk


 

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 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 11 May 2016
KEY WORDS SEARCH Telecommunications; Internet; multimedia; Ethernet; mobile phones.