Networks and Data Communications
About the Module
The course aims to equip you with a broad understanding of data communications techniques as seen in computer networks. This will be done through study of examples of data communications protocols and methods of communicating computer data.
There are 20 SCQF points available on this module.
|1||Introduction to Data Communications. Open Systems Integration (OSIRM), layered protocols, peer processes.|
|2||Data Link Layer, flow control, sliding window protocols, packet re-transmission. DNS.|
|3||Wide Area Networks (WANs), Packet routing, Network Layer, IP. The Internet.|
|4||Transport Layer, TCP, Transport connection across networks. Error Protection.|
|5||Local Area Networks (LANs - wired). IEEE 802 Protocols, CSMA/CD, Ethernet.|
|6||Physical Layer (1). Communications media and their physical characteristics; bandwidth and data rate.|
|7||Physical Layer (2). Modems, cellular operation, ADSL.|
|8||Local Area Networks (LANs - wireless). CSMA/CA.|
|9||Professional issues. Security.|
|10||Multimedia, Data compression, Application Layer.|
Assessment and Coursework
Coursework counts for 20% of the final module mark.
The final degree exam counts for 80% of the final module mark.
Marking criteria are provided on My Dundee for all assignments so that you know what we are looking for when we are marking your coursework. Please ensure that you refer to these when completing assignments.
|Title||Week Given||Week Due||Effort Expected (hours)||Value (%)|
|Domain Name System (DNS) and Network Monitor Exercise||4||8||15||20|
All course material is available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed fromMy Dundee, and provides recommended materials for completing the module.