Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Network Technology

Course summary

Course code: COMP1664
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Richard Anthony



Given the widespread and increasing use of networks and distributed applications by individual users and organisations large and small, an understanding of network technologies is essential for any IT professional. Most jobs inIT require familiarity with networks if only to the extent of being able to select the necessary hardware and software platforms appropriate to the needs of the organisation. This in turn requires the ability to analyse the networking requirements, choose the right initial platform, and recommend appropriate action (reconfiguration, enhancements or upgrades) if performance problems should arise. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary understanding of the technological issues. It builds upon the material introduced at levels 4 and 5, and concentrates on developing:
(a) an up-to-date knowledge of network technology and
(b) the ability to evaluate and select technology according to application QoS requirements.

The aims are:
To instil a thorough and practical understanding of existing network technologies, their operational characteristics,strengths and weaknesses.
To be able to critically evaluate technologies and to compare and contrast amongst alternatives.
To enable the student to choose the appropriate technologies and configuration to meet an organisation's needs.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will:
A. Have a sound working knowledge of network types, protocol architectures, hardware and software components, and critical appreciation of their pros and cons.
B. Be aware of the ways in which various network technologies can be integrated to achieve required configurations and end-end systems.
C. Understand how to build and use models of networks to evaluate their performance.

Indicative content

Overview of material covered in levels 4 and 5: Communication basics, network types, functions (e.g. transmission, switching, multiplexing, routing, addressing, error recovery, congestion control); layered architectures (OSI, TCP/IP, IEEE 802.x); standards and bodies.

LANs, Ethernet, FDDI, TCP/IP suite of protocols, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP; ATM. Wide Area Networks, IP WANs, Wireless networks, Network model build and use to evaluate network performance.

Teaching and learning activity

Concepts will be introduced in lectures. Practical work will be through supervised laboratory sessions. Unsupervised, guided self-study will extend the amount of time students spend doing practical laboratory activities.

Greenwich Graduate Attributes promoted by this course:
Have an informed understanding of their discipline or professional practice, and the ability to question its
principles, practices and boundaries.
Think independently, analytically and creatively, and engage imaginatively with new areas of investigation.
Are intellectually curious, responsive to challenges, and demonstrate initiative and resilience.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours).

Scheduled contact hours:
Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work, fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme.
Lectures 24;
Supervised practical sessions 12.

Guided independent study:
Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 30;
Independent laboratory work 36;
Other non-scheduled time 48.

Placements (including work placement and year abroad).

Total hours ('Should be equal to credit x 10') 150


Methods of Assessment - coursework; grading mode - numeric; weighting% - 100%; pass mark - 40%, outline details - develop and use a network model to examine the performance (and factors that affect the performance of) a given network; last item of assessment - yes; are students required to pass all components in order to pass the course - yes.