COMP SCI 7039 - Computer Networks & Applications
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7039 Course Computer Networks & Applications Coordinating Unit Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMP SCI 7103, COMP SCI 7202, COMP SCI 7202B or COMP SCI 7208 Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 7082 or COMP SCI 7201 Restrictions Master of Computing and Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Graduate Certificate in Computer Science students only. Course Description Introduction to networks and digital communications with a focus on Internet protocols: Application layer architectures (client/server, peer-to-peer) and protocols (HTTP-web, SMTP-mail, etc), Transport layer operation: (reliable transport, congestion and flow control, UDP, TCP); Network layer operation - (routing, addressing, IPv4 and IPv6), Data Link layer operation (error detection/correction, access control, Ethernet, 802.11, PPP), Layer 2/3 protocols (ATM and MPLS); selected current topics such as: security, multimedia protocols, Quality of Service, mobility, wireless networking, emerging protocols, network management.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Damith RanasingheThe course coordinator for Computer Networks and Applications is:
Dr. Cheryl Pope, 8313-5833, room 4.31 Innova21
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain the way protocols currently in use in the Internet work and the requirements for designing network protocols. 2 Analyse and capture network traffic. 3 Apply the theory of basic network performance analysis 4 Analyse soundness or potential flaws in proposed protocols 5 Describe the current architecture of the Internet and the entities involved with the day to day running of the Internet and the process involved with development of policy and new protocols 6 Explain and identify security and ethical issues in computer networking. 7 Use key networking algorithms in simulation
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,4,6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesThe prescribed textbook for the course is:
Computer Networking: a Top-Down Approach, Seventh Edition (Sixth is acceptable), Kurose and Ross, 2017. ISBN: 9781292153599
Limited copies of past editions also available from the library.
Recommended ResourcesStudents will be required to write reports of varying length, as well as computer programs. Students should have access to guides to writing essays, as well as books on programming in Python, Java and C.
Online LearningAll assessments, notices and course materials are located on the Canvas (MyUni) site. Students are expected to check the forum on a regular basis for announcements relating to the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course aims to introduce students to fundamental concepts in Computer Networking and Applications, building to an understanding of the structure and function of the Internet, and the construction of networks in general.
Lectures will focus on theory and problem solving. Tutorials will extend lectures and provide an opportunity for discussion and feedback. Practical and lab work will reinforce theoretical concepts through their application. All material covered in the lectures, labs, practical assignments, tutorials and assigned reading are assessable. Students are expected to be able to explain what they have learned and apply their knowledge.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Computer Networks and Applications is a three-unit course. We expect that students will spend approximately 10-12 hours a week working on the course. This will consist of 2 hours of lectures a week, 1 tutorial in the odd weeks, approximately 1-2 hours of tutorial preparation, up to 1 hour of pre-lecture preparation a week viewing podcasts or reading, 1 hour a week spent completing networking labs, and up to 7 hours a week spent completing practical assignments.
The work spent on practical assignments is likely to be closely associated with an assignment deadline, rather than spread out evenly across the semester. You should allow yourself enough time to understand, start and complete the assignments to a high level.
Learning Activities Summary
Introduction to Networking
An overview of networking, history and the multi-layer model.
A discussion of Client/Server and Peer-to-Peer models, examples of existing application layer technologies and Socket programming
Discusses the issues in multiplexing reliable and unreliable connections across potentially unreliable fabric, including discussions of UDP and TCP.
Discusses network routing, compares and contrasts link-state and distance vector routing, introduction to IP and IPv6
Data Link Layer
Covers error detection and correction, sharing a medium, local area networks, commonly used protocols, and Layer 2.5 protocols
Discusses principles of cryptography, the use of digital signatures and a number of secure applications. Also discusses the use of security at the Transport and Network layer, as well as ethical issues potentially arising in security environments.
Specific Course RequirementsThe final exam component at 60% weighting attracts a minimum performance hurdle. Students must obtain at least 40% of the marks for the final exam in order to pass the course.
Students must also obtain at least 50% of the total marks to pass the course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryDue to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** final exam 50 Individual Summative Exam period Min 50% 1. 3. 5. 6. 1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 5.4 Practical programming Assignment x3^ 35 Individual Formative Weeks 2-12 1. 4. 7. 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.3 5.4 Wireshark Labs & Quizzes 10 Individual Formative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 2.3 4.2 4.3 5.4 Workshop Submissions 5 Individual Formative Weeks 3-12 (alternate weeks) 1. 3. 4. 6. 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.5 3.1 3.2 3.3 4.2 5.4 Total 100
^Practical Programming Assignment 2 to obtain their 10% of the overall marks (Program: 80% and Analysis:20%)."
* The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security managementStudents enrolled in COMP SCI 7039 and DEFSCI 7042 will be required to submit additional work related to some assignments that reflects the expectation of deeper analysis by postgraduate students. The exact requirements will be advised in the assignments.
Assessment Related RequirementsThe final exam component at 60% weighting has a minimum performance hurdle. Students must obtain at least 40% of the marks for the final exam in order to pass the course.
Students must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks to pass the course.
Assessment DetailFinal Exam - There will be a 2 hour examination at the end of the course, consisting of questions that will assess your knowledge of networking protocols, principles and practices. Materials permitted in the examination are limited to basic calculators without alpha-numeric memory and paper translation dictionaries.
Practical Work - Each student will be expected to successfully complete practical assignments, addressing programming of protocols and network configuration applying Computer Networking theory. Work must be the student’s own and students will be required to submit their work for plagiarism detection, where indicated. Students in COMP SCI 7039 and DEFSCI 7042 will submit additional work, in the form of reports or literature reviews.
Lab work – Lab work is comprised of wireshark network packet capture labs. Wireshark labs have online associated quizzes that must be completed for credit. Hands on configuration labs will be marked off by the lab supervisor.
CBOK Mapping* Assessment Type Weighting Learning Objective Abstraction Design Ethics Professional Expectations Teamwork concepts & issues Interpersonal communications Societal issues Understanding of ICT professions Hardware & Software Data & Information Networking Programming Human factors Systems development Systems acquisition IT governance & organisation IT project management Service Management Security Managemnt Practical 1 F 5% 1,4,5,6 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 4 Practical 2 F 10% 3,4,7 3 3 3 3 4 3 5 Practical 3 F 10% 1,5 3 3 3 3 3 4 2 2 Tutorials F 5% 1,3,4,6 3 3 3 2 3 3 Labs F 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 3 3 3 3 3 Exam S 60% 1,3,4,5,6 3 3 3 3 4 2 4
Due Dates: The assignment due dates will be made available on the course website.
Type of Assessment is Formative (F) or Summative (S)
*CBOK categories are explained in the ICT core body of knowlege. Numbers assigned correspond to the Bloom taxonomy.
SubmissionAll work will be submitted through the School of Computer Science’s electronic submission forums, including the Course Forum on Moodle and the School’s web submission gateway. All programs are to be submitted in the programming language specified, and any text reports are to be submitted as PDF files.
While students are required to use the School’s SVN repository, we will not mark any work unless it is handed in through the correct method, as designated in the assignment handout.
Extensions to due dates will only be considered under exceptional medical or personal conditions and will not be granted on the last day due, or retrospectively. Applications for extensions must be made to the course coordinator by e-mail or hard copy and must include supporting documentation – medical certificate or letter from the student counselling service.
Late hand-ins for programming practical assessments will have their mark capped after a 3 day automatic grace period:
1 day late – grace period
2 days late – grace period
3 days late – grace period
more than 3 days late – no marks available.
No late hand-ins for Wireshark Labs and the Networking Labs and Hands on network config practical (practical 3).
At least one item of work will be returned, with grading and feedback, prior to week 7.
The final examination will be scheduled by the examinations office. You will be able to access your exam schedule through Access Adelaide. You are expected to be available during the replacement/additional assessment examination period (check University dates). If you are offered a R/AA exam and are unavailable to attend, you will not be able to postpone the R/AA exam. Please keep this in mind before making any travel plans during teh R/AA period.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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