Data Communication and Net-Centric Computing
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Level of study: What does Undergraduate Level 2 mean?
Undergraduate Level 2
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Availability: What is a Study period?For enrolment (2012):
Government loans available:
- Domestic student fee:
- $1,039.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,264.00 (AUD)
This unit will provide a broad introduction to the fundamentals of data communication and network technology. Having an emphasis on higher aspects of data communication from the perspective of computer scientists and information technologists; the unit will cover the underlying mechanisms used for data communications, the drivers for different communications technologies and their performance as well as the network characteristics that need to be considered by applications using data communications infrastructure.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
- Assignment 1 (20%)
- Assignment 2 (20%)
- Invigilated Exam (60%)
Enabling Knowledge: Higher level aspects of data communications and network technology, details of the underlying mechanisms, principles, reference models, protocols, error handling, appropriate for the development of software applications in a networked environment.
Critical analysis: Ability to analyse communications systems that use the TCP/IP protocol suite and the abstract 7-layer OSI reference model.
Problem solving: Ability to apply knowledge of data communications concepts to solve problems involving data communications flow control and error control methods, and to apply mathematical/analytic skills to basic performance evaluation, utilisation, throughput and delay.
At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
- explain the basic concepts of data communication
- design computer programs that are aware of basic aspects of networking
- describe emerging networking technologies.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Introduction to data communications|
|2||Internetworking, IPv4 and IPv6|
|3||Physical aspects of data communications|
|7||Flow control, error control|
|9||Media access control methods and LANs|
|11||WANs, circuit and packet switching, ATM|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Chat rooms
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
- Standard Media
- Streaming Multimedia
- Web links
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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