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Module Title Computer and Communication Networks
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Module Code 04 21483
Module Lead Dr A Feresidis
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions M.Sc. in Communications Engineering (optional); M.Sc. in Communications Engineering with Industrial Studies (optional); M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering (optional); M.Sc. in Electronic and Computer Engineering with Industrial Studies (optional); MSc in Embedded Systems (optional); MSc in Embedded Systems with Industrial Studies (optional); M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media (compulsory); M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media with Industrial Studies (compulsory)
Description The aims of this course are to:
  • Review the basic notions of layered architectures in data networks
  • Review the basics of queuing theory and its use in modelling networks
  • Introduce two to three advanced networking topics of current interest
  • Make students aware of analysis techniques used in the study of the performance of (aspects of) networks
  • Introduce students to network programming and/or simulation.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Explain the principles and algorithms pertinent to networks.
  • Critically assess the merits and drawbacks of state-of-the-art networking technologies and proposals for future network strategies.
  • Perform basic calculations to determine metrics commonly used to characterise networks and interpret the results.
  • Perform a reasoned critique of research publications in the networks field.
  • Simulate networks for research to identify the strengths and weaknesses of networks.
Assessment 21483-01 : Module mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment:
Group research paper review & video presentation (5%) – assessed as pre-recorded group video
Written coursework assignment (45%)
Written exam, 1.5 hours, 2 out of 3 questions (50%) – ideally centrally timetabled in summer exam period, questions to be prepared with consideration of the potential for online delivery if required

Supplementary assessment:
By component matching the above, students can carry forward passed components from main assessment.
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