Module Identifier CHM5010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Edel M Sherratt  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr David E 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 TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  100%
Supplementary Exam Supplementary examination will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

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

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:


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 and the new market entrants.

3. 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.

4. Local Area Networks - 4 Lectures
Bus, Ring, Star topologies; Cost of attaching devices to networks; Media access and sharing strategies.

5. Wide Area Network technologies and services - 4 Lectures
The UK academic network and it's development, regulation and operation.

6. Standards - 3 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, ISO OSI Model.

7. The Internet - 4 Lectures
Brief history of the Internet, it's applications and their evolution. Internet standards, control and regulation. Protocols used on the Internet such as: IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP, FTP, Telnet, etc..

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Behrouz Forouzan (2003) Data Communications And Networking 3rd. McGraw Hill 0071232419


This module is at CQFW Level 7