• 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 Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP2410
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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

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

      Business Data Networks and Security, Tenth Edition
      Raymond R Panko and Julia L Panko
      Pearson, 2014


      Computer Networks, Fifth Edition
      Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
      Prentice Hall, 2011

      Business Data Communications & Networking, Tenth Edition
      Jerry Fitzerald and Alan Dennis
      John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2009



      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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

      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
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2016 $3480
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      2016 $4638
      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
      2361 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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