- Code COMP3310
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Computing
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
- Course subject Computer Science
- Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering
In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
This course studies the standard models for the layered approach to communication between autonomous machines in a network, and the main characteristics of data transmission across various physical link types. It considers how to design networks and protocols for diverse situations, analyses several application and support protocols from a distributed systems viewpoint, and identifies significant problem areas in networked communications.
Topics include: communication network architectures, signalling and modulation across physical media, real-world local and wide-area networks, internet protocol fundamentals, performance and monitoring of networks, routing, network security, and application protocols for distributed systems including web, email, video, internet-of-everything and other contemporary network topics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and describe the layered protocol model.
- Describe, analyse and compare a number of datalink, network, and transport layer protocols.
- Program network communication services for client/server and other application layouts.
- 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.
- Design and/or analyse networks and services for homes, data centres, IoT/IoE, LANs and WANs.
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Mid-Semeser exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Thirty one-hour lectures and nine two-hour laboratory/tutorial sessions.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tanenbaum, Andrew S., Wetherall, David J., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 5th edition, 2011.
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