CS3CN16-Computer Networking

Module Provider: School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Hong Wei

Email: h.wei@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

The aim of the module is to describe the theories underlying computer communications and show how these are applied in real world network applications.

Assessable learning outcomes:
An understanding of modern computer networks (LANs and WANs), the core concepts of network architecture and communication protocols, and how these are applied in real world network applications.

Additional outcomes:
Experience of team-working, report writing, and formal presentations.

Outline content:
The core concepts of network architecture and communication protocols, which will be presented in the framework of multi-tier architectures, will include Local Area Networking, including LAN routing and Ethernet protocols; Internetworking; and error, congestion and flow control. Network technologies will range from local area networks to the Internet and will include: ATM, Ethernet, and a heavy focus on TCP/IP, including IP addressing, routing protocols, and congestion control schemes within the Internet. An introduction will be given to the core Internet applications: email, web serving and name resolution.

Students will also undertake a major team-based case study requiring them to bring together the knowledge they have gained from the taught part of the module to investigate and define the requirements for a realistic application. CISCO Systems will also provide interactive lectures and discussions to enable students to complete their investigations. Each team will deliver a written report and a presentation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Taught theory in lectures reinforced with formative practical assignments and a major team-based project, carried out in teams of 5 or 6 students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Guided independent study 80 98
Total hours by term 100.00 98.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:
A major group project is undertaken in the second half of the module.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:
    An mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 4 January 2017

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