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Unit of study_

ELEC9506: 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, ATM and OSI). Circuit switched and packet switched communication. Network node functions and building blocks. LAN, MAN and WAN technologies. ATM systems. Protocols fundamental mechanisms. The TCP/IP core protocols (IP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, TCP, UDP etc. ). Applications and protocols (ftP, Telnet, SMTP, HTTP etc. ).

Code ELEC9506
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6

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

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

Unit outlines

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