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Syllabus. Network functions and structures; message, circuit & packet switching; technology, regulation, standards and market forces Applications and Layered architectures; OSI reference model; the TCP/IP architecture

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syllabus
Syllabus
  • Network functions and structures; message, circuit & packet switching; technology, regulation, standards and market forces
  • Applications and Layered architectures; OSI reference model; the TCP/IP architecture
  • Transmission fundamentals; communications channels; fundamental limits; properties of media; time-division, frequency-division and code-division multiplexing
  • SONET; circuit switches; signalling; congestion control
  • Peer-to-Peer protocols; ARQ protocols; adaptation functions
  • Packet-switched networks; virtual circuits; routing algorithms;
  • TCP/IP networks; IPv4 & IPv6; Voice over IP
  • ATM networks; traffic management; Quality of Service
  • Wireless networks; 802.11; Bluetooth; GSM/GPRS/UMTS
coursework
Coursework
  • (Individual) Technical Report
    • an in-depth report on an assigned topic
      • Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks, In-Flight Entertainment networks, Home Interoperability Framework, Powerline networks, Network processors, Instant Messaging systems, Automotive Controller Area Networks, Mesh Broadband networks etc.
    • deadline : end of week 5 (7th November)
  • Individual Essay
    • probably entitled : “Computer Communications Networks in the year 2013”
    • deadline : end of term (12th December)
textbook
Textbook

Communications Networks, Fundamental Concepts and Key ArchitectureAlberto Leon-Garcia & Indra WidjajaInternational Edition 2003

McGraw-Hill : 0-07-242349-8

(2000 Edition, 0-07-022839-6, almost identical)

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