Computer Networks (G5115)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

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
  • and 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.


67%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Project)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: