Data Communication and Net-Centric Computing - 2018

Unit summary

CPT250

  • 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, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,419.00
This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the fundamentals of data communication and network technology. The emphasis is on higher aspects of data communication from the perspective of computer scientists and information technologists; the course covers the underlying mechanisms and their characteristics that need to be considered by communicating application software.
 
Topics include:
  • principles and reference models of data communication
  • basic operation of communication systems
  • protocols and error handling, and applications in networked environments.

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, utilization, throughput and delay.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
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 — Stable broadband connection required to access online learning materials and live chat sessions / recordings. (note: mobile broadband users may have difficulties participating in live chat sessions)

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to Data Communications and Networking
2Data and signal transmission
3Signal Encoding Techniques
4Error Detection and Correction
5Data Link Control
6Multiplexing
7Medium Access control
8Wide Area Networks
9Internet and Transport Protocols
10Routing
11Internet Applications

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.

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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