• 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and describe the layered protocol model.
  2. Describe, analyse and compare a number of datalink, network, and transport layer protocols.
  3. Program network communication services for client/server and other application layouts.
  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. Design and/or analyse networks and services for homes, data centres, IoT/IoE, LANs and WANs.

Other Information

Course is offered in first semester in even years only

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Mid-Semeser exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

In response to COVID-19, ANU has changed the mode of delivery for all classes in Semester 1 2020 to remote delivery.

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Workload

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of COMP2000-level courses, including COMP2100 or COMP2300. Incompatible with COMP6331, ENGN3539 and ENGN6539.

Prescribed Texts

Tanenbaum, Andrew S., Wetherall, David J., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 5th edition, 2011.

Specialisations

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. 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:
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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
3048 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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