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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMP2221 Networks

10 creditsClass Size: 500

Module manager: Dr David Head

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

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

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

Short coding exercise will be distributed in Week 3 with feedback prior to submission of the coursework. This will allow students to practice their Java networking coding prior to the summative coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework 1: OpenMP / Shared Memory Parallelism30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/03/2022


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