• 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 Ramesh Sankaranarayana
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course studies networking fundamentals including LANS, MANS, WANS, the Internet, intranets, extranets and the WWW, with the focus being the Internet. The topics covered include: hardware, software, network topologies, architecture and protocols; network and web applications; website design and construction; information architecture; standards; privacy, security, firewalls and reliability; systems integration; network monitoring and management; and professional ethics and social issues. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of this course, the student will be able to do the following: These objectives are explained by considering possible assignment topics:

  • Describe network topologies and architectures, LANS and WANS.
  • Use the above concepts to design an internet based system for use in a bank, library, etc. Explain the model and how it works.
  • Understand the basic IT professional ethics and write an essay about this.
  • Describe the TCP/IP stack and the ISO protocol suite. Compare and contrast the two.
  • Describe how telnet and mail work.
  • Describe the different types of web pages and how they are structured. Create web pages using HTML.
  • Describe how the http protocol works. Describe cookies, proxies, server performance, caching, and state management.
  • Describe mobile code, its advantages and where it can be used.
  • Describe the important issues in Web design.
  • Describe what standards are and why they are useful.
  • Understand Web client-side and server-side programming.

Indicative Assessment

    Assignments (30%) Quizzes (10%) Final Exam (60%)

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

      Prescribed Texts

      Tanenbaum, A.S. Computer Networks, 4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2002.Niederst Robbins, Jennifer Web Design in a Nutshell, O'Reilly Media, Inc, 2006.Meyer, Eric A. CSS: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly Media, Inc.,2006.

      Preliminary Reading

      Prescribed Text Book

      Fitzerald, J. and Dennis, A. Business Data Communications and Networking, 10th edition, John Wiley, 2009.

      Recommended Reading

      Tanenbaum, A.S. Computer Networks, 4th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2002.


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      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      6 units

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      Units EFTSL
      6.00 0.12500
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee Description
      1994-2003 $1980
      2014 $2952
      2013 $2946
      2012 $2946
      2011 $2946
      2010 $2916
      2009 $2916
      2008 $2190
      2007 $2088
      2006 $2088
      2005 $2088
      2004 $2088
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $3450
      2014 $3762
      2013 $3756
      2012 $3756
      2011 $3756
      2010 $3750
      2009 $3618
      2008 $3618
      2007 $3618
      2006 $3618
      2005 $3534
      2004 $3450
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      First Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      2898 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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