Module Identifier CHM5820  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr David E Price  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Christopher W Loftus, Mr David E Price, Dr Frederick W Long  
Pre-Requisite Available only to students taking the Diploma/MSc in Computer Science scheme or the Diploma/MSc in Internet and Distributed Systems (Advanced) scheme., CH21120 or equivalent experience  
Course delivery Lecture   44 Hours  
  Practical   up to 4 x 2 hours. Will be issued to support lecture material  
  Other   worksheets will be issued to support lecture material  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  50%
Semester Assessment 1 programming assignment (60 hours)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary examination will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy.  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of basic Internet and communications concepts.

2. analyse existing distributed systems in terms of architectures and reference frameworks.

3. produce an outline design for a distributed system.

4. demonstrate knowledge of a range of critical issues associated with the design of telematic applications.

5. describe a range of contrasting facilities for the design and construction of distributed applications and assess their relative applicability to real world problems.

6. use a multi-media programming interface and identify the critical issues in specific multi-media applications.

7. build a distributed application using technologies presented during the module.


This module replaces the MSc modules CHM5610 and CHM5010. We are merging modules into 20-credit blocks to improve coherence across related material. The module forms an essential part of the proposed new Internet and Distributed Systems (Advanced) MSc. It will also form part of the conversion MSC in Computer Science.

Brief description

An introduction to communications concepts. An overview of major distribution architectures and frameworks. Design and construction of multi-tier Internet applications. Developing multi-media applications. Java APIs for Internet protocols. Java communication protocols. The Java security model. Introduction to server-side software development.


1. An introduction to communications. Basic issues in Data Communication, including, 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, Local Area Network topologies such as Bus, Ring and Star topologies, media access and sharing strategies, N-ISDN, examples of WANs such as the UK JANET academic network.

2. The Internet. An introduction to the Internet, its applications and their history and evolution. Internet standards, control and regulation. Introduction to protocols used on the Internet such as: IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP, FTP, Telnet, etc including Internet addressing.

3. An overview of major distribution architectures and frameworks. Multi-tier architectures, the Object Management Group'r Model Driven Architecture, J2EE platform overview, .NET platform overview, the GRID concept.

4. Telematics Systems Creation for the Internet. Introduction and multifunctional workstations.

5. Java's Support for Internet Communications. Java RMI (Remote Method Invocation), Java socket access, Java'r support for directory and naming services.

6. Java Applet Construction. Applet construction and related issues of the Java security model.

7. Network based Multimedia Applications. Issues in audio/video application construction and the characteristics of appropriate protocols, the Java media classes such as JMF.

8. Web Development. A brief introduction to the design and construction of web applications using HTML, HTTP, Java Servlets and Java Server Pages (JSP).9. XML /XSL. Use of XML and XSL; their use to support online publishing of content.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
John Hunt, Chris Loftus (March 2003) Guide to J2EE: Enterprise Java Springer-Verlag 1852337044
Scott Oaks (June 2001) Java Security O'Reilly 0596001576
Jim Farley et al (May 2002) Java Enterprise in a Nutshell O'Reilly 0596001525

Andy Richardson, David Price, Jean Dorleans (30/09/1992) The Multifunctional Desktop Environment: A User Specification European ISDN User Forum

Web Page/Sites
Sun Microsystems Inc (19/11/1999) Java Media Framework, API Guide


This module is at CQFW Level 7