Computer Communications and Management

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computer Communications and Management

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CS112: Data Structures and Algorithms

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of modem data communication and networking, with a focus on the physical and media access layers of the network protocol stack. The topics include: signal transmission, modulation, fibre optic network components, local area networks, wide area network, DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) wireless network components, wireless MAC, network layers, and network security and management.
    Topics
    Topics covered include concepts of a network: core network concepts, internet, intranet and extranet, Standards, layers and architectures, physical layer propagation, analogue and digital signalling (media, modulation and topologies), network operating system, switching, asynchronous Transfer Mode LANs, Private Branch Exchanges, public switched telephone network and cellular telephony leased line networks, public switched digital networks and virtual private networks, routing and TCP/IP internetworking, security attacks, prevention/detections and encryption, network management and system, administration, networked applications.
    Course Content
    - Data Communications, Data Networking, and the Internet
    - Protocol Architecture, TCP/IP, and Internet-Based Applications
    - Data Transmission
    - Transmission Media
    - Signal Encoding Techniques
    - Digital Data Communication Techniques
    - Data Link Control Protocols
    - Multiplexing & Spread Spectrum
    - Circuit Switching and Packet Switching
    - Routing in Switched Networks
    - Congestion Control in Data Networks
    - Cellular Wireless Networks
    - Local Area Network Overview
    - Ethernet & Wireless LANs
    - Computer and Network Security Threats & Security Techniques and Ethics
    - Basic network and security management
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    - Demonstrate the different types of transmissions signals used for computer communications.
    - Examine the difference between system and signal bandwidth.
    - Differentiate between the physical properties and performance characteristics of a variety of communication media.
    - Demonstrate digital and analogue data encoding techniques.
    - Distinguish between Physical and Data Link layers of the ISO OSI Reference Model.
    - Plan, design and implement a simple LAN and WAN topology.
    - Illustrate ethically the principles of Network Security and Management.
    - Interpret and report the data produced by Network Management tools.
    - Apply basic professional practices and ethics.
    Textbooks
    Data and Computer Communications, 10/E
    William Stallings
    Publisher: Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Prentice Hall
    Copyright: 2013
    (8th or 9th edition can be used)
    Assessment
    Tests: 20%
    Assignments: 155
    Tutorials: 5%
    Lab Work: 10%
    Final Exam: 50%

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