Module Identifier CHM5010  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Myra Wilson  
Semester Semester 1  
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.    
  Exam   2 Hours   100%  
Further details  

Brief description

The purpose of this module is to present an introduction to the problems encountered and the methods used in modern computer based communications systems.


This module aims to give an introduction to the area of Computer Communications and Telematics. The two main aims of the module are to:

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


1. Introduction - 1 Lecture

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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Gordon Brebner. (1997) Computers in Communication. McGraw Hill ISBN: 0077091981
Lewis Mackenzie. (1998) Communications and Networks. McGraw Hill ISBN: 0077092732