• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP6331
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course studies the standard models for the layered approach to communication between autonomous machines in a network and the main characteristics of data communication (transmission protocols) for the lower layers. It introduces several application layer protocols from a distributed systems viewpoint, and considers alternative lower layer methods such as ATM, and problem areas in the Internet protocol suite.
The following topics are included: introduction to communication network architectures (protocol hierarchies, layered services, the OSI model); the physical layer (transmission media, signal representation, limits to data capacity); the data link layer (error detection and recovery, point-to-point protocols); the medium access layer (protocols for Local Area Networks and satellite communication); the network layer (routing algorithms, congestion control); internetworking (addressing, internetwork routing and protocols, quality of service); the transport layer (connection-oriented transport layer services and protocols); application protocols for distributed systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. describe the basis and structure of an abstract layered protocol model
  2. describe, analyse and compare a number of datalink, network, and transport layer protocols
  3. design and implement datalink or network layer protocols within a simulated networking environment
  4. describe and analyse various related technical, administrative and social aspects of specific computer network protocols from standards documents and other primary materials found through research
  5. identify and apply basic theorems and formulae for the information-theoretic basis of communication and the performance of physical, datalink and network protocols

Other Information

Course is offered in first semester in even years only

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (30%); Quizzes (5%); Final Exam (65%)

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Workload

Thirty one-hour lectures and six two-hour laboratory/tutorial sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP2300; and 6 units of 2000 level INFS courses or 6 units of 2000 level COMP courses; and COMP1600 or COMP2600 or 6 units of 2000 level MATH courses. Incompatible with COMP6331.

Prescribed Texts

Tanenbaum, Andrew S. Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 4th edition, 2003.

Stevens, W. Richard TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, Addison Wesley, 1994

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4064 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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