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Unit of study_

ELEC3506: Data Communications and the Internet

Students undertaking this unit should be familiar with fundamental digital technologies and representations such as bit complement and internal word representation. Students should also have a basic understanding of the physical properties of communication channels, techniques and limitations. Furthermore, students should be able to apply fundamental mathematical skills. The unit will cover the following specific material: Communication reference models (TCP/IP and OSI). Circuit switched and packet switched communication. Network node functions and building blocks. LAN, MAN, WAN, WLAN technologies. Protocols fundamental mechanisms. The TCP/IP core protocols (IP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, TCP, UDP etc. ). Applications and protocols (ftP, Telnet, SMTP, HTTP etc. ), Network Management and Security.

Code ELEC3506
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. write reports to communicate complex and technical material clearly and concisely, addressing a specific target audience
  • LO2. work in a team by drawing on the abilities and knowledge of others, emphasising and fulfilling clear responsibilities, and leading in the development of a consensus to the specific engineering problem at hand
  • LO3. solve ill-defined network problems by employing techniques and principles of protocol design, implementation, and analysis
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of concepts in data communications and networking, and the advantages and disadvantages of alternative protocols, algorithms, and designs
  • LO5. demonstrate proficiency in assessing and troubleshooting different networks using specific network tools, such as packet sniffer to the extent presented in the course
  • LO6. apply principles and concepts of communication and networking protocols, algorithms, and designs to specific engineering problems and situations to the extent of the material presented
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of network protocols and algorithms using fundamental mathematical derivations.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.