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COMP2221 Networks

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr David Head

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The internet and other computer networks are an inescapable part of modern day life. Network devices form the physical infrastructure and network protocols define the means of communications. As trends in Computer Science are tending towards massively parallel computer systems it becomes more important that Computer Science practitioners have a solid foundation in network architecture, network programming and network security.This module introduces the protocols, hardware and architectures used in computer networks and will provide students with the opportunity to develop network application.


This module provides the fundamental understanding of network programming, network architecture and security consideration of network applications.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:

- describe the key components of a computer network.
- design, implement and test network protocols and applications.
- evaluate network protocols in terms of efficiency and security.
- select appropriate network protocols for specific applications.


This module covers the following 3 topic areas:

- Network programming : design patterns and network protocols (TCP, UDP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP and POP3).
- Network architecture : local area networks, metropolitan area networks, wide area networks, OSI model.
- Network infrastructure : Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n, network devices (switches, routers and access points).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical Demonstration102.0020.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Coursework and labs.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportImplementation task15.00
ReportImplementation task25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Resit is by exam only

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Resit is by exam only

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/06/2019


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