SSST Subjects

Computer Networks and Telecommunications

Computer Science


Information Systems


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Computer Science with Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Computer Science with Economics
  • BSc Computer Science with Management
  • BSc Computer Science with International Relations
  • BSc Computer Science with Political Science
  • BSc Information Systems with Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Information Systems with Economics
  • BSc Information Systems with Management
  • BSc Information Systems with International Relations
  • BSc Information Systems with Political Science;

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Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications



Module Code



Module coordinator

Darko Sinanović


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Educational Aims of the Module

  • The aim of the module is to introduce students to the concepts, techniques and practices of Computer Networking and Telecommunications.
  • The intent is to make the students learn the basic concepts of layered network architecture, topologies, protocols, transmission principles, etc., to learn the main tasks of each layer and their methods of accomplishing the tasks, and to ensure students have knowledge of most common protocols in a layered network architectureand their use in today’s networks.
  • The module also gives good coverage of addressing and designing LAN networks and subnets.
  • The aim is to provide an understanding of a variety of networking-related concepts and their relationships, so future engineers can prepare themselves for successful planning, design, analysis, programming, and maintenance of computer networks.
  • To learn IT job skills, i.e. how to configure equipment, it’s not a module goal, but hands-on tools will be used in labs to deepen students’ understanding of protocols covered inmodule and designing LAN networks.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Basics of Networking: Introduction to Network applications; Network hardware and software; Types of networks; Network topologies; Architecture of Internet; OSI/ISO and TCP/IP model; Example networks: PSTN, Ethernet, xDSL, Cable
  • Physical layer: Transmission mediaand connectors; Introductions to signals, Bandwidth Nyquist’s theorem, Modulation and Multiplexing; Introduction to switching
  • Data Link Layer: Framing; Error and Flow control; Error codes; ARQ
  • The Medium Access Control Sublayer (MAC): Resource allocation; Multiple access protocols; Collision detection and avoidance; LAN technologies: Ethernet and WiFi; Devices and switching; Collision domains; Backward learning and Spanning tree
  • Network layer: Connection-oriented vs. Connectionless services; Internetworking; IP: addressing v4 and v6; masks and subnetting; NAT, ARP, ICMP, DHCP; Routing algorithms and protocols; Congestion control and QoS;
  • Transport layer: Ports; Error and Flow control; TCP; 3-way handshake; UDP; Congestion Control;
  • Application layer: DNS; Mail (POP3, SMTP, MAP); Web (HTTP, HTTPS); Streaming multimedia, Content delivery

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Tutorials 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 90
Total Engagement Hours 200

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester
Mid-term exam 1 90 minutes 20% Mid-semester
Lab +homework assignment 4 1,500 words 12% Every2-3 weeks
Project (group) 1 2,000 words 10% Week 14
Quiz 2 60 minutes 8% Twice in semester

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures on module material
  • Practical problems and laboratory sessions with appropriate tools and practice problems 
  • Individual lab assignments to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills 
  • Laboratory sessions with tutor-lead support 
  • Individual assignments 
  • Group Project assignment 
  • Note taking at lectures & elsewhere 
  • Lab exercises and tutorials 
  • Individual assignments 
  • Group Project assignment 

Assessment Strategy

  • Quiz
  • Mid-term exam 
  • Lab + homework assignment 
  • Project (group) 
  • Final exam 

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Andrew Tanenbaum: Computer Networks, fifth edition, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-1-29202-422-6
  • Cisco learning materials available online

Supplementary Materials

  • Kurose and Ross: Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 6/e, Pearson, ISBN-13: 9780132856201
  • Behrouz A. Forouzan: Data Communications and Networking, McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 5th edition; ISBN-13: 978-0073376226 with corresponding presentations available online
  • Barrie Sosinsky: Networking Bible, first edition, Wiley, ISBN-13: 978-0470431313
  • Articles related to networks and telecommunications in International Journals (IEEE, Elsevier, ACM, JSCSE)

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.  More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.  The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : Autumn 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee: 28th September 2016

Date approved by School Board of Study : 12th October 2016

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee: 2nd November 2016

Date of Annual Review: December 2017


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