This module is offered in 2019-20.


The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce the basics of data communications and computer networks.
  • To examine and understand network protocols and architectures.
  • To educate the student in modern networking technologies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should:

  • Understand the rudiments of how computers communicate.
  • Be familiar with the architecture of a number of different networks.
  • Understand the principles of protocol layering.
  • Be familiar with modern telecommunications.


  • Data communications:
    • Transmission media, data encoding, transmission modes, error detection and correction, flow control, multiplexing, switching techniques, routing.
  • Networking:
    • Network topologies, protocols, layering, standardisation, LANs, WANs & MANs, internetworking, management, multicast, continuous media.
  • Study of particular networks and protocols:
    • e.g. FDDI, Ethernet, ISDN, SNMP, TCP/IP, X25, ATM.

Compulsory Elements

This module has the following compulsory elements in addition to those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component):

  • Attendance at presentations.

Module Delivery

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Last Published: 21 Jun 2019.