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Unit information: Networks and Protocols 3 in 2015/16

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Unit name Networks and Protocols 3
Unit code EENG34200
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Mike Barton
Open unit status Not open

EENG22000; EENG20400.



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

The aim is to show the principles and practice of communications protocol operation in typical networks. The content is oriented towards a layered model of communication between systems, demonstrating the problems arising from errors in transmission, propagation delays, local resource use and equipment configuration together with typical solutions. The importance of standards as a means of ensuring coherence and consistency is emphasised and examples are given from the Internet and digital telephony systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. list the layers of the OSI and TCP/IP models for communication systems;
  2. describe the functions of each layer;
  3. describe the properties of major algorithms and protocols used in communication networks;
  4. evaluate the performance of existing and proposed protocols;
  5. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of existing and proposed protocols.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Exam, 2 hours, 100% (All ILOs)

Reading and References

  • Tanenbaum, A.S. and Wetherall, D.J, Computer Networks, 5th edition, 2011, Pearson, ISBN 0-13-255317-1 (Main text)