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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


Packet data networks, overview of general equipment and function (e.g. hubs, switches, routers). Large network architecture (e.g. the Internet).
The OSI Seven layer model and packet encapsulation.
An understanding and appreciation for physical issues (such as cabling and wireless mediums, bandwidth, interference, etc).
Data-link layer issues (e.g. IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11, collisions, retransmissions, error recovery)
Network layer issues covering underlying protocols (e.g. IPv4/IPv6) and routing protocols (e.g. RIP/OSPF/AODV)
Transport layer issues and protocols (e.g. TCP/UDP)
Session layer issues and protocols (e.g. TCP).
Presentation layer overview
Application layer protocols (e.g. DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP/POP3)


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework 1 (25 hours) (25%)
Coursework 2 (25 hours) (25%)
2 hour unseen written examination (50%)

Reassessment methods
Like for like.

Indicative reading

Business Data Networks and Telecommunications" (7th Edition) Raymond R. Panko. Pearson Education 2008. ISBN 0135009391.
"Computer Networking: a top-down approach featuring the Internet" (3rd Edition) James Kurose and Keith Ross Addison-Wesley 2005
"Computer Networks" Andrew S. Tanenbaum. Prentice Hall. 2002 (4th International Edition).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Have a comprehensive and systematic understanding of current network architectures and their individual protocol layers. [A1, A3]
8.2 Be able to understand the specification of network protocols . [A2, A3, B5, C1, C3]
8.3 Be aware of performance issues in general terms, and of the trade-offs involved. [A3, C2]
8.4 Have a deeper understanding of selected key topics at the forefront of this field, including recent developments and outstanding issues. [A3]

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Be able to analyse a problem specification and to design and implement a solution. [B5, C1]
9.2 Be able to evaluate systems in terms of function and performance, with an awareness of possible trade-offs. [C2]
9.3 Be able to communicate technical issues clearly to specialist audiences. [D2]
9.4 Be able to make effective use of IT facilities. [D3]
9.5 Be able to manage their own learning and time. [D5]


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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