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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Networks & Internet
Module Code CA169
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mohammed Amine Togou
Semester 2: Mohammed Amine Togou
Autumn: Mohammed Amine Togou
Module TeachersMichael Scriney
Jagadeeswaran Thangaraj
Mohammed Amine Togou
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to equip students with the basic knowledge of how local area networks and the Internet work and how they interact. To give them an appreciation of the interaction of the main protocols and the helper protocols combine to provide a hierarchy of communications services.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the infrastructure of the Internet, its organisation and how typical Web applications work, how they use services hidden from the user to provide functionality for applications such as web browsing, email, instant messaging, internet gaming and online shopping.
2. Distinguish between different LAN technologies and environments, including the characteristics of the equipment and protocols used to provide connectivity and services in a shared environment.
3. Be able to construct a simple Computer Communications Protocol to provide error free links catering for latency and error detection and correction.
4. Have an appreciation of the Internet, its core protocols and the services provided.
5. Explain the role of switching, forwarding and routing in the Internet.
6. Describe and justify the Client-server model for software applications
7. Develop simple communications applications using the Socket interface.
8. Appreciate the risks associated with security on a computer network and have a bosic knowledge of the tools available to examine the security status of an internet connected machine.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion10Network survey
Assignment Completion10Analyser Intro
Tutorial10This will cover how to use 2 tools (Wireshark and Packet Tracer) as well as describing operations used in networking (e.g., binary division and subtraction)
Independent Study48No Description
Online activity23No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Behrouz A. Forouzan: 2007, Data Communications and Networking, Huga Media, 0-07-296775-7
  • Stevens, Addison Wesley: 0, Core Essential Computer Networks , Tannenbaum, Prentice Hall Supplementary Data Communications, Supplementary Computer Networks and Open Systems , Halsall, Addison Wesley TCP/IP Illustrated ,,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
COMBUSBSc in Computing for Business
COMSCIBSc in Computer Science
Date of Last Revision25-NOV-11

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