Computer Networks and Communications - CO633

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring 6 15 (7.5) MR G Tripp checkmark-circle


The module starts with a comprehensive and detailed study of current computer networks and communications technologies. It includes: a review of network techniques, switching and multiple access; high speed local area networks; network protocols, including data link, network, transport and application layers. A selection of key topics are looked at in greater depth to reveal the state-of-the-art and issues (problems) that remain to be solved.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
50% Coursework and 50% Examination

Sender (Programming) 10%
Receiver (Programming) 15%
Worksheet A (Moodle Quiz) 12.5%
Worksheet B (Moodle Quiz) 12.5%
2 hour unseen Examination 50%

Indicative reading

Computer Networks (Fourth Edition), Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, 2002
Data and Computer Communications (7th International Edition), William Stallings, Prentice Hall, 2004
Data Communications and Networking (3rd International Edition), Behrouz A. Forouzan, McGraw-Hill, 2003
Business Data Communications and Networking (8th International Edition), Jerry Fitzgerald and Alan Dennis, Wiley, 2004

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Have a comprehensive and systematic understanding of current network architectures, their individual protocol layers, including the algorithms employed, and
mechanisms used to ensure network security.
2 Analyse the specification for a protocol and develop software that implements a simple protocol.
3 Be aware of performance issues in general and/or analytical terms, and of the trade-offs involved, including security-related trade-offs.
4 Have a deeper understanding of selected key topics at the forefront of this field, including recent developments and outstanding issues.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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