Each lecture is a combination of live informal lecture session and aynchronous prerecorded lecture.
Asynchronous sessions i.e., pre-recorded weekly lectures will be made avilable on ilearn unit page which provides detailed explanation of the learning content. Students are expected to watch the pre-recorded weekly lectures to actively engage with the unit and prepare for tutorials/practicals.
Live lecture sessions will provide an opportunity for the students to ask questions on the topic of the week and to clarify anything that they might not be sure of. In order for these live sessions to be worthwhile, we strongly urge the students to watch the recordings before attending these sessions..
Lecture recordings will be made available through Echo360.
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.
Note that while the practical material is structured against the lecture material, you need to keep in mind that there will not always be a one to one mapping between the practical exercises and the lecture topics. This is because you need some practical sessions to get acquainted to new tools and devices thereby limiting the number of practical time slots available to experiment with technologies discussed in some lectures.
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: 5, and 11. A quiz is a short test that will be based on your previously covered lecture material. For example, week 5 quiz will be based on lectures done in weeks 1-4. The quiz questions will be handed over to you at the beginning of your Lecture class. These quizzes contribute 20% 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.
No extensions will be granted without an approved application for Special Consideration. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. For example, 25 hours late in submission for an assignment worth 10 marks – 20% penalty or 2 marks deducted from the total. No submission will be accepted after solutions have been posted.
This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved. If you cannot submit assignments on time because of illness or other circumstances, please contact the convener at the earliest possible time.
The Recommended Text
Internetworking with TCP/IP Volume 1, 6th edition Douglas Comer
Computer Networks (5th Edition) by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
Reference Text List
Computer Networks and Internets: Global (6th) Edition by Douglas Comer
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach 6th edition by James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross
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.