• 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 Eric McCreath
    • Dr Markus Buchhorn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course COMP3310
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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

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

Twelve two-hour lectures, twelve one-hour lectures, and four two-hour tutorials. Mid-semester exam. Self-study is also expected, with an approximate 120 hours of work for the course

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP6710 or COMP6310 or COMP6442. Incompatible with COMP3310.

Prescribed Texts

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

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

Specialisations

Fees

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

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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
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
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
3621 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

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