Module Identifier CS35610  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite CS14020 or CS15210  
Mutually Exclusive CS25110  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   (Up to) 4 workshop sessions  
  Practical   (Up to) 4 x 2hr sessions  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   80%  
  Course work   Coursework assessment based on private study and reports of laboratory practicals.   20%  
  Supplementary examination   Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.    

General description
This module deals with networking and communications Technologies. It builds on earlier studies in CS15210.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Information and Coding - 3 Lectures
Elements of information theory; formal definition of information content and redundancy. Fixed and variable length codes; optimal coding. Error detecting and error correcting codes; simple examples. The ASCII code and its characteristics.

2. Ethernet - 6 Lectures
Switched 100Mbps Ethernet; Gigabit Ethernet.

3. Wide area and High Speed Network Technologies - 8 Lectures
N-ISDN including HDLC as an example datalink protocol; B-ISDN; ATM; Frame relay; SMDS; MANs; Optical Networking.

4. Residential Services - 2 Lectures
ASDL; HDSL; Set top boxes.

5. Network Planning and Management - 3 Lectures
Queueing Theory; Network Management; Network Planning.

This module builds on the base provided by CS15210 or CS14020, extending the students' knowledge of communications technologies. In particular, Ethernet will be studied in detail as an example of a typical local area network. Integrated Services Digital Network technology will also be considered in detail to provide an example of a wide area publicly available technology supporting a variety of services. The module will also provide insights into the concepts and protocols which underly newer fiber optic based fast technologies such as Cell and Frame relay networks.

Reading Lists
** Should Be Purchased
Lewis Mackenzie. (1998) Communications and Networks. McGraw Hill
** Consult For Futher Information
W. Stallings. (1992) ISDN and Broadband ISDN. 2nd. Maxwell McMillan International
William Stallings. (1997) Data and Computer Communications. 5th. Prentice Hall International Inc.