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G64INC Introduction to Network Communications
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Only available to students on the MSc Information Technology and the MSc Management of Information Technology.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

This module is part of the Net-Centric Computing theme in the School of Computer Science.

This module provides a basic introduction to the subject of network communications and touches briefly on security issues related to computer networks. The module covers topics such as Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, The TCP/IP protocol suite, the Internet and network applications. Network security is considered in terms of types of attack and a brief overview of some security mechanisms which are in common use today.

Module Web Links:
  • Introduction to Network Communications
  • Module Home Page
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks2 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Tutor led hours 22, student directed hours 25, assessment/revision 28.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 2 hour examination 

    Dr G Hopkins

    Education Aims:  To present a broad overview of computer communications and networks.

    Learning Outcomes:  
    Knowledge and Understanding:
    * networked and distributed systems
    * an understanding of general security issues related to computer networks
    Intellectual Skills:
    * the ability to understand complex ideas and relate them to specific situations
    * the ability to understand and logically evaluate requirements and specifications
    Professional Skills:
    * the ability to understand, evaluate and select appropriate network designs and protocols
    Transferable Skills:
    * the ability to retrieve information from appropriate sources (e.g. learning resource centre, internet etc)

    Offering School:  Computer Science

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