|Module Title||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIONS AND TELEMATICS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Myra Wilson|
|Other staff||Mr David Price, Mr Frank Bott|
|Pre-Requisite||CH11020 , Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Computer Science scheme in Aberystwyth.|
|Course delivery||Lecture||22 Lectures|
|Practical||Up to 4 x 2hr|
|Assessment||Supplementary examination||Supplementary examination will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.|
2. History of Communications - 2 Lectures
A brief history of the development of both the technology and regulation of communication systems. Common Carriers; UK carriers: British Telecom, Mercury, Kingston and the new market entrants. Internet and its history and evolution. The UK academic network and its development, regulation and operation.
3. Telematic Applications - 3 Lectures
The range of applications, their characteristics, requirements and usage.
4. Basics of Data Communication - 4 Lectures
Analogue and digital data transmission; Synchronous and Asynchronous transmission; Parallel and Serial transmission; Modems and the PSTN, concentrators, multiplexors; Co-ax, twisted pair, fibre optic media; Speed, distance, error rates of various transmission media.
5. Local Area Networks - 2 Lectures
Bus, Ring, Star topologies; Cost of attaching devices to networks; Media access and sharing strategies.
6. Wide Area Network technologies and services - 4 Lectures
Public Switched Networks and private lines; Kilostream, Megastream and similar services; N-ISDN; Examples of WANs.
7. Standards - 2 Lectures
The needs for standards and the area they cover; Standards setting process; Standards setting bodies; BSI, ISO, ANSI, IEEE, CCITT, IAB; IETF; De facto standards.
8. An Introduction to Internet and Other protocols - 3 Lectures
ISO Model, IP, TCP, UDP, FTP, Telnet.
9. Security of Information Systems - 1 Lecture
Need for security and its cost; Risk assessment; Simple techniques; Passwords and Badge readers; Deficiencies of simple approaches; The Orange Book standard.