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ELEC3506: Data Communications and the Internet (2019 - 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 Li, Yonghui
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.
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 Cheng, Peng
Dr Wang, Peng
Tutor/s: Lab: ADHICANDRA, Iwan

Tutorial: YU, Jianhui
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.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Write reports to communicate complex and technical material clearly and concisely, addressing a specific target audience.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
2. 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.
(4) Design (Level 3)
3. Solve ill-defined network problems by employing techniques and principles of protocol design, implementation and analysis.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
4. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts in data communications and networking and the advantages and disadvantages of alternative protocols, algorithms and designs.
5. Proficiency in assessing and troubleshooting different networks using specific network tools such as packet sniffer to the extent presented in the course.
6. 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.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
7. Demonstrate an understanding of network protocols and algorithms using fundamental mathematical derivations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial Attendance No 7.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7,
2 Quizes (Weeks 5 and 10) No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 6, 7,
3 Lab Reports Yes 28.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,
4 Final Exam No 55.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Group Lab Reports – 28 %

(4 labs * 7 marks each = 28 Marks)

Tutorial Attendance – 7 %

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

Quiz – 10 %

(2 quizzes * 5 marks each = 10 Marks)

Group Research Project – 15%

Final Exam - 55%

Note:

Quizzes will be on weeks 5, and 10.
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.
  • Computer Networking
  • Data Communications and Networking
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 1
Week 6 Network Layer 2
Week 7 Transport Layer
Week 8 Application Layer
Week 9 WAN Technologies
Week 10 QoS in IP Networks
Week 11 Wireless Networks
Week 12 Mobile IP and Network Security
Week 13 Review
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 (till 2010) 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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) 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Law 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Law 2015
Telecommunications (till 2010) 2010
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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) 2014 and earlier 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) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 7%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 5.6%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 23.25%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 46.5%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 17.65%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.