Lecture Classes are held in the following days:
Monday: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm W5C - 220
Tuesday: 5 pm -6 pm W5C - 320
Practical Sessions are held in the following days:
Friday: 12;00 pm - 2:00 pm E6A - 240 (Engineering Lab)
Friday: 2;00 pm - 4:00 pm E6A - 240 (Engineering Lab)
Friday: 4;00 pm - 6:00 pm E6A - 240 (Engineering Lab)
3 hours of lectures each week.
Lectures are used to introduce new material, give examples of the use of networking concepts and techniques and put them in a wider context. While lectures are largely one to many presentations, you are encouraged to ask questions of the lecturer to clarify anything you might not be sure of. Tutorial style discussions on important topics will be conducted in the lectures. These discussions will give you the opportunity to interact with your peers as well as the lecturer.
Practical classes give you an opportunity to practice your practical networking skills under the supervision of a demonstrator. Each week you will be given a number of problems to work on; it is important that you keep up with these problems as doing so will help you understand the material in the unit and prepare you for the work in assignments.
There will be one 2 hour practical session each week, Conducted in a specially-equipped networking laboratory. There is no opportunity to conduct practical work outside the assigned sessions.
There will be two quizzes in the following weeks: 6, and 12. A quiz is a short test that will be based on your previously covered lecture material. For example, week 6 quiz will be based on lectures done in weeks 1-5. The quiz questions will be handed over to you at the beginning of your Lecture class. These quizzes contribute 10% of the total mark and serve as a feedback mechanism to monitor your progress in the unit.
Tutorials are posted every Friday on ilearn. Even though these tutorial exercises are not formally assessed, it is important that students solve them on a weekly basis as these questions are often previous exam questions or structured like test/exam questions. The more practice you have at such questions, the more likely you are to do yourself justice in quizzes/exams. Solutions to these exercises will be regularly posted on ilearn unit site. If need be, this will also allow you to discuss the problems effectively with your lecturer/peers and maximise the feedback you get on your work. In case of any difficulty, seek help from the teaching staff.
Your assignment is to be submitted online using Turnitin. Late submission of the assignment will be accepted, but penalised at the rate of 5% per working day late. If you cannot submit assignments on time because of illness or other circumstances, please contact the convenor at the earliest possible time.
The Recommended Text
Internetworking with TCP/IP Volume 1, 6th edition Douglas Comer
Reference Text List
Computer Networks and Internets: Global (6th) Edition by Douglas Comer
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet third edition by James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross
Computer Networks (5th Edition) by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
In this unit, you should do the following:
- Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions.
- Attend your weekly Practical session
- Prepare for and strive to do well in the three quizzes
- Read appropriate sections of the text, add to your notes and prepare questions for your lecturer/tutor.
- Prepare answers to tutorial questions.
- Work on any assignments that have been released.
Lecture notes will be made available each week but these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture only and are not a substitute for your own notes or the recommended reading list.