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48740 Communications Networks

6cp; 1hpw (quiz), 1hpw (tutorial), 1hpw (laboratory)
Requisite(s): 48720 Network Fundamentals OR 31270 Networking Essentials OR 41092 Network Fundamentals
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Fields of practice: ICT Engineering



This subject has been designed as a second subject in the networking thread of the ICT engineering undergraduate program. On completion of this subject, students have learned the skills to systematically analyse network operations and performance, and also have the ability to appreciate approaches in designing communication and computer networks. The first half of the subject concentrates on the study of communication architecture. The weekly session materials provide students with the necessary background in understanding operations of TCP/IP, the mostly widely implemented protocol stack in computer networks, on a layer-by-layer basis. Topics include flow control; error detection and correction; packet switching; and routing and transport protocols. The second half of the subject concentrates on broadband switching technologies, networking design concepts and performance measures associated with integrated services networks. Topics include local area networks (LANs); wide area networks (WANs); networking devices (bridges, hubs and switches); internetworking; the internet protocol (IP); distributed applications; and multimedia services. Students acquire a reasonable understanding of current standards and their role in relation to future developments.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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Access conditions

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