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COMP3210 Advanced Computer Networks

Module Overview

This module is designed to be a follow-up module to the computer Science or ITO second year introductory networking module. The module is split fairly evenly between two areas, each principally delivered by a separate lecturer. The wireless part reviews wireless technologies and their application in areas such as sensor networking. The coursework gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with wireless networking for small, embedded devices. The other part of the module reviews emerging networking technologies, which might include topics such as future routing protocols, IPv6 transition, and software-defined networking. Students should consider taking this module if they are interested in learning about networking systems and their architectures in more detail than covered in the introductory module, and exploring emerging topics which are delivered as part of ECS' research-led teaching philosophy.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module follows on from the introductory second year networking module, and covers wireless technologies and emerging networking technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Operation of wireless networks
  • Emerging topics in computer networks
  • A range of network architectures and protocols
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design and critically analyse networking protocols for a range of technologies and scenarios
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Build a wireless networking demonstrator for an embedded system


Wireless networking: - Bluetooth, 802.11 standards - Information theory, bandwidth, multiple access - Wireless sensor networks - IoT networks - Wireless roaming; eduroam - Mobile IPv6; host and network mobility Emerging networking technologies: - Host configuration and service discovery principles - Future routing architectures - IPv6 deployment scenarios and challenges, IPv6 transition/integration - Advanced IP multicast, including IPv6 multicast and SSM - Software-defined networking - Delay-tolerant networking - Future home network architectures - IP network management and monitoring - Network security; intrusion detection and prevention

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice63
Preparation for scheduled sessions10.5
Follow-up work10.5
Completion of assessment task24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hagen S, (2006). IPv6 Essentials. 

Tanenbaum A S and Wetherall D J (2010). Computer Networks. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 70%
Wireless networking for embedded systems 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

COMP2207Distributed Systems and Networks
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