School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Computer Networks (G5115)

Computer Networks

Module G5115

Module details for 2015/16.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides an introduction to the basics of packet switching technologies as used in the Internet. Emphasis is placed on core Internet protocols such as IP and TCP. Subjects covered include: network access technologies; design of network protocols using layering, local area networks, TCP/IP routing and switching, congestion control. This
module introduces the Internet with a top-down view: the accent is on layer abstractions and the associated protocols (and how to program with them). Particular attention is paid to questions of network security.


Further Programming


J. Kurose and K. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet

Module learning outcomes

Have a critical understanding of the purpose and workings of IP and TCP.

Design and implement simple communication protocols based on the Internet model of communication outside the context in which they were first studied.

Understand and use sockets in programming.

Evaluate critically questions of basic networking security.

Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Programming ProjectT2 Week 7 50.00%
Programming ProjectT2 Week 12 50.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour222222222222
Spring SemesterLaboratory1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Miss Priyanka Patel

Assess convenor

Dr George Parisis

Assess convenor

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