Module Identifier CS35610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark B Ratcliffe  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr David E Price, Dr Neal Snooke  
Pre-Requisite CS15210  
Course delivery Lecture   22 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   Up to 4 workshop sessions  
  Practical   Up to 4 x 2hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours A1  80%
Semester Assessment A2 Course Work: Coursework assessment based on private study and reports of laboratory practicals.  20%
Supplementary Exam Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.   
Further details  

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

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


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.


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 - 3 Lectures
ASDL; HDSL; Set top boxes.

5. Network Planning and Management - 2 Lectures
Network Management; Network Planning.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Lewis Mackenzie (1998) Communications and Networks McGraw Hill
** Consult For Futher Information
William Stallings (1998) ISDN and Broadband ISDN with Frame Relay and ATM 4th Ed.. Prentice Hall ISBN 0139737448
William Stallings (1999) Data and Computer Communications 6th Ed.. Longman Higher Education ISBN 0130863882


This module is at CQFW Level 6