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ELEC3222 Computer Networks

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To provide an introduction to modern computer networks and the Internet - To describe network architectures and principles - To describe the components and layers of the TCP/IP network model used on the Internet - To describe emerging network technologies and security issues - To give experience in designing and building embedded network devices - To expose students to networking standards.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand the architecture and components of computer networks
  • Understand issues regarding the security of modern computer networks
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret standardisation documents
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design and analyse embedded networked devices and systems


- Network architectures and principles Layered networking models (e.g. TCP/IP) - Physical networks and their design Wireless networks - Data link layer (e.g. Ethernet, Wi-Fi) - Network layer (e.g. IP networking, addressing, routing, QoS, multicast) Transport layer (e.g. TCP and UDP) - Application layer - Standardisation of communication protocols - Principles of network security - Emerging network technologies - Networking for constrained embedded devices - Development environments for constrained embedded devices and networks

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice59
Completion of assessment task21
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, David J. Wetherall. (2011). Computer Networks. 


Assessment Strategy

Laboratory sessions are scheduled in the labs on level 2 of the Zepler building. Length of each session: 3 hours Number of sessions completed by each student: 3 Max number of students per session: unlimited Preferred teaching weeks: 3 to 5


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Examination 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ELEC1201

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