ITEC803 is taught via lectures and informal tutorial sessions. Practical work in the Network Labs is not a part of the unit design.
Classes are held from 6-10pm Tuesday evenings. From week 2 onwards, students will make an in-class presentation on a topic of their choice within the weekly topic areas; more details will be provided in week 1. Student attendance an interaction with the weekly speakers is a component of youor assessment mark; you must attend all presentations throughout the unit.
Lectures are used to explore advanced computer network technologies and design and put them in a wider context. You are encouraged to ask questions of the lecturer, both during and outside the lecture, to clarify anything you might not be sure of. There will be industry-based guest lectures to provide up-to-date information and Q&A.
It should be noted that no single text book completely covers the content of this unit. A large portion of the lecture material is drawn from the Internet standard documents called the "Request For Comments" or RFC. Students are encouraged to read RFCs of relevant topics to gain a solid understanding of the topics that are covered.
There will be two quizzes in the following weeks: 4 and 8. A quiz is a short test that will be based on your previously covered lecture material. For example, week 4 quiz will be based on lectures done in weeks 1-4. The quizzes will be online through iLearn. These quizzes contribute 20% of the total mark and serve as a feedback mechanism to monitor your progress in the unit.
The tutorial gives you the opportunity to interact with your peers and with the lecturer. The tutorial sessions involve informal discussions with your peers and the lecturer. On some weeks, you will be given problems to solve prior to the tutorial; preparing solutions is important because it will allow you to discuss the problems effectively with your lecturer and maximise the feedback you get on your work.
Your assignment is to be submitted via iLearn. Late submission of the assignment will be accepted, but penalised at the rate of 10% per day late. If you cannot submit assignments on time because of illness or other circumstances, please contact the convenor at the earliest possible time.
In this unit, you should do the following:
- Attend lectures, take notes, ask questions.
- Attend your tutorial, seek feedback from your lecturer on your work.
- Prepare for and strive to do well in the two 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.
- Participate Practicals and associate theory with practice.
Lecture notes will be made available each week, after the lecture has finished; these notes are intended as an outline of the lecture and are intended to be a companion to your own notes and the other reading material.
Optional Recommended Texts
D. Comer, Computer Networks and Internets: Global Edition, Pearson 2016.
D. Comer, Internetworking with TCP/IP, vol. 1, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall 2006.
Other Useful Books
A.S. Tanenbaum and D. J. Wetherall., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, 5th Edition. Pearson Education, 2010.
J.F. Kurose and K.W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach, 7th Edition, Pearson 2017
W. Stallings, Business Data Communications- Infrastructure, Networking and Security, 7th Edition, Pearson 2013
Technology Used and Required
You may provide your own technology to read course material.