• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Information Technology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Strazdins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This subject 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; the physical layer (transmission media, signal representation, limits to data capacity); the data link layer (error detection and recover, 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 successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this unit the student should 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

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 COMP6300.

Prescribed Texts

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

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

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1980
2004 $2088
2005 $2088
2006 $2088
2007 $2088
2008 $2190
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2952
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2004 $3450
2005 $3534
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5052 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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