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ELEC3506: Data Communications and the Internet (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC3506: Data Communications and the Internet (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Lin, Zihuai
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: NETS2150.
Brief Handbook Description: Students undertaking this unit should be familiar with fundamental digital technologies and representations such as bit complement and internal word representation. Students should also have a basic understanding of the physical properties of communication channels, techniques and limitations. Furthermore, students should be able to apply fundamental mathematical skills.

The unit will cover the following specific material: Communication reference models (TCP/IP and OSI). Circuit switched and packet switched communication. Network node functions and building blocks. LAN, MAN, WAN, WLAN technologies. Protocols fundamental mechanisms. The TCP/IP core protocols (IP, ICMP, DHCP, ARP, TCP, UDP etc.). Applications and protocols (FTP, Telnet, SMTP, HTTP etc.), Network Management and Security.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Friedman, Arik
Tutor/s: All Tutorials: Mr. Robert Webster (r.webster@sydney.edu.au)

Room 530, Level 5, Bldg J03

School of Electrical and Information Engineering

All Labs: Mr. Harrison Xia Xiao (xxia2200@uni.sydney.edu.au)

Room 530, Level 5, Bldg J03

School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Timetable: ELEC3506 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 4
3 Tutorial 2.00 8
4 Independent Study 5.00 13
T&L Activities: Laboratory: The labs are designed to greatly deepen students` understanding of network protocols by seeing them in action. The labs cover various layers of internet protocols and give students the opportunity to observe the sequence of messages exchanged between two protocol entities and even to try different parameters in some protocols and watch the effects.

Tutorial: Tutorials are designed to help student understand the materials from the lectures as well as the textbook.

Independent Study: The introductory nature of this UoS means that students will encounter various pieces of knowledge in networking areas. Therefore, independent study is essential for a success completion.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The tutorials and laboratories are prepared to encourage ability of problem formulation and solving. The examinations are also taking design and problem solving as one of the major assessment elements. Design (Level 3)
Specialised skills in data communications will be developed during the T&L process. Key concepts in data communications and networking will be introduced and the state-of-art techniques studied. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Intermediate level of mathematics are involved in the T&L process of this UoS in order to understand different network protocols and algorithms. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Different network analytical tools will be used in the laboratories and students need to conduct tests and experiments and perform analysis to the observations based on the theory learned from the text. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Laboratory reports are assessed with clarity, conciseness, accuracy and persuasiveness as the main assessment elements. The open questions in the examinations also assess the ability of effective communications. Communication (Level 2)
Team work in pairs in the laboratories. Project and Team Skills (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to solve ill-defined network problems by employing techniques and principles of protocol design, implementation and analysis.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Capacity to demonstrate an understanding of concepts in data communications and networking and the advantages and disadvantages of alternative protocols, algorithms and designs.
3. Proficiency in assessing and troubleshooting different networks using specific network tools such as packet sniffer to the extent presented in the course.
4. Ability to apply principles and concepts of communication and networking protocols, algorithms and designs to specific engineering problems and situations to the extent of the material presented.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
5. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of network protocols and algorithms using fundamental mathematical derivations.
Communication (Level 2)
6. Ability to write reports to communicate complex and technical material clearly and concisely, addressing a specific target audience.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
7. Ability to work in a team by drawing on the abilities and knowledge of others, emphasizing and fulfilling clear responsibilities and leading in the development of a consensus to the specific engineering problem at hand.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Reports No 16.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7,
2 Tutorial Attendance No 7.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
3 Quizes (Weeks 5 and 10) No 12.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5,
4 Group Research Project Yes 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Individual Lab Reports – 16 %

(4 labs * 4 marks each = 16 Marks)

Tutorial Attendance – 7 %

(attending 7 tutorials (out of 8) * 1 mark each = 7 Marks)

Quiz – 12 %

(2 quizzes * 6 marks each = 12 Marks)

Group Research Project – 15%

Final Exam - 50%

Note:

Quizzes will be on weeks 5, and 10 during regular tutorial/lab time
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content: https://elearning.sydney.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Background and preview: an introduction to the Internet
Week 2 Physical layer
Week 3 Data link layer
Week 4 MAC Protocols and Wired LAN standards
Week 5 Network Layer - part 1
Quiz 1
Week 6 Network Layer - part 2
Week 7 Transport Layer
Week 8 Application Layer
Week 9 WAN technologies
Group Research Project - start
Week 10 Quality of Service in IP Networks
Quiz 2
Week 11 Wireless Networks
Week 12 Mobile IP
Week 13 Network Security
Assessment Due: Group Research Project
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Computer Engineering 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical / Arts 2015
Electrical (Power) / Arts 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software / Arts 2015
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 23.1%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 46.2%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 19.9%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 7.6%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 3.2%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.