COMP20320 Computer Networking

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces the OSI stack to students, and goes through the various layers in detail. The topics covered include: Network Types, functions, topologies, transmissions, switching, routing, management, reference models, architectures, protocols and standards; network user applications; flow and congestion control strategies; design and implementation considerations; use in Internet systems. There will be a few hot topics included each year.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Understand the different parts of the OSI stack
2. Be familiar with most of the main topics in networking
3. Have practical experience of the fundamental challenges in networking

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is based around an introduction to networks that is broad and is assessed by continuous assessment throughout the term. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
COMP10040 - Intro to Comp Architecture

COMP30040 - Networks and Internet Systems

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Mainly a set of in-class tests during the term Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The grading is made available for each of the elements as soon as possible post event to help them prepare for the next.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 16:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 15:50