Data Communication and Net-Centric Computing - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

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.

Upon successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. explain the basic concepts of data communication
  2. demonstrate knowledge of 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
  3. design computer programs that are aware of basic aspects of networking
  4. describe emerging networking technologies
  5. analyse communications systems that use the TCP/IP protocol suite and the abstract 7-layer OSI reference model
  6. apply knowledge of data communications concepts to solve problems involving data communications flow control and error control methods
  7. apply mathematical/analytic skills to basic performance evaluation, utilisation, throughput and delay.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to data communications
2Internetworking, IPv4 and IPv6
3Physical aspects of data communications
4Data encoding
5Error detection
7Flow control, error control
9Media access control methods and LANs
10Wireless networking
11WANs, circuit and packet switching, ATM
12Transport protocols

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Co-Op textbook list.

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