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COMP312A Communications and Systems Software

20 Points

A study of computer networks with a focus on Internet protocols.

The aim of this paper is to develop a practical understanding of the operation and programming of core internet protocols.

Topics covered include:

  • Review of basic communications concepts
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • TCP
  • Routing principles
  • Interior routing protocols including OSPF
  • Exterior routing protocols (BGP)
  • DNS
  • Network Applications and application protocols
  • Ethernet
  • Other transmission technologies

Pre Requisite Papers
COMP202 Computer Communications and one of
COMP203 Programming with Data Structures or
COMP241 Software Engineering Development

Lecturers and Tutors

A Semester

Moodle Link

Official Timetable Information

Compulsory Components
Students must complete:

  • at least two of the four assignments
  • the 202 revision test (with a mark of at least 85%)
  • attendance at 75% of the3 lab classes
  • the final exam with a mark of at least 40%
Attendance at classes is expected.

On average you should expect to spend about 16 hours per week on this class, in the following proportions:

    Reading4 hrs/wk
    Practicals8 hrs/wk
    Lectures4 hrs/wk

This is a very rough guideline; the number of hours you spend and the way you allocate those hours will depend very much on your individual background and aptitudes.

Required Reading
Tanenbaum, Andrew (2011) Computer Networks 5th Edition, Prentice Hall.

Other Reading Material

Course materials will be available through Moodle.

Computing Resources
Our lab for scheduled lab sessions is R-block lab 1 (R.G.06). Unscheduled work should be done in lab 6.

Means of Assessment

Assignments will by submitted electronically using Moodle and/or a web based submission system

You must hand in your assignment by the due date. If you have not completed it, hand in what you have done so far. Individual extensions will not be given except for sound medical reasons documented by a medical certificate or counsellor's letter. If other factors occur (e.g. a major failure in the lab) which requires an extension, the due date for the assignment will be extended for the entire class. The new due date will be announced through Moodle.

Assessment Ratio
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 2:1 or 1:2, whichever works in your favour.

Grading Schedule
Assessment as a percentage of the final grade:

    classwork:final 1:2 or 2:1, whichever is in the students favor.

Assessment Deadlines
This schedule is provisional and may change. Final dates will be advised via Moodle.

   5 April 2013Assignment one due
26 April 2013Assignment two due
17 May 2013 Assignment three due
31 May 2013 Assignment four due

Hand in and Return of Assignments
Assignments must be submitted via a web based submission system and/or Moodle. Results and comments will be returned via Moodle.

Attendance Policy
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive; additional material will be covered in class. You will be expected to know all the material covered in class.

Academic Integrity
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Performance Impairment
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Student Concerns and Complaints
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Application for Extension
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Review of Grade
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University Regulations
Your attention is drawn to the following regulations and policies, which are published in the University Calendar:

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