Computer Networks and Communications - CO633

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) MR GEW Tripp


CO322 Foundations of Computing I, CO324 Computer Systems, CO325 Foundations of Computing II, CO520 Further Object-Oriented Programming


This module cannot be taken with CO874 Networks and Network Security



This modules contains two main components. It starts with a comprehensive and detailed study of current computer networks and communications technologies. You learn how the various hardware and software components are organised and how they actually work . A selection of key topics are then looked at in even greater depth to reveal the state-of-the-art and issues (problems) that remain to be solved.
Network Architectures and Protocols: This component provides a comprehensive study of network architecture and individual protocol layers, including details of the technologies, algorithms and protocols currently used.
The Advanced Topics component takes an in-depth look at a number of advanced topics in the area of computer communications, including details of the current practice and outstanding issues in a number of state-of-the-art areas.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

30 lectures

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Have a comprehensive and systematic understanding of current network architectures and their individual protocol layers, including the algorithms employed
Be able to analyse the specification for a protocol and develop software that implements a simple protocol
Be aware of performance issues in general and/or analytical terms, and of the trade-offs involved
Have a deeper understanding of selected key topics at the forefront of this field, including recent developments and outstanding issues

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