COSC264-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Introduction to Computer Networks and the Internet

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023

Description

This course covers principles of theory and practice of computer networks and the Internet, and it studies important Internet technologies and protocols, including: Ethernet / Local Area Networks, TCP/IP, Routing, and HTTP.

Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

The topics covered include:
• Fundamental design principles of data networks and the Internet
• Selected data transmission and local area network technologies
• Internet architecture and protocols
• Routing protocols and algorithms
• Transport layer protocols: UDP and TCP
• Networked applications, socket programming, web-based systems

Students will be required to work in the Python programming language.

Learning Outcomes

  • After completing this course, students will be able to
  • Explain fundamental design principles of data networks
  • Understand and explain selected data transmission and local area network technologies
  • Understand and explain the Internet architecture and protocols
  • Understand, explain, compare and criticise routing protocols and algorithms
  • Explain and compare the main transport layer protocols UDP and TCP, their applicability to different types of applications, and their relation to Internet congestion phenomena
  • Understand and explain the fundamentals of web-based applications and web programming / socket programming
  • Design, implement and test applications using a simple socket program
  • Create a simple network and test the static routing via the network

Prerequisites

(1) COSC121 or COSC131; (2) COSC122; (3) EMTH119 or (MATH102 and MATH120) or (MATH102 and STAT101)

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
02 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
03 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
04 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Jack Erskine 131 Lab 1
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
05 Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00 Online Delivery
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Barry Wu

Lecturers

Barry Wu and Clementine Gritti

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Lab Quizzes 16% * Lab quizzes, each worth 2% (four in term one and four in term two).
Term One Super Quiz 7%
Mid-term Test 30%
Term One Assignment 10%
Term Two Super Quiz 7%
Final Exam 30%


2022 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

• Robert G. Gallager. Principles of Digital Communication. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2008.  (focuses on physical layer only, requires some mathematical
maturity).
• William Stallings. Data and Computer Communications. Pearson, tenth edition, 2013.
• Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall. Computer Networks. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, fifth edition, 2010.

The COSC264 lecture notes and all additional material will be available via Learn.

Additional Course Outline Information

Grade moderation

The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:
1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.
2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.

If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University-wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a C+ grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Computer Science and Software Engineering .

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