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Unit information: Networking Protocol Principles (M) in 2020/21

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Unit name Networking Protocol Principles (M)
Unit code EENGM0007
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. George Oikonomou
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim is to show the principles and practice of communications protocol operation in typical networks. The content is orientated towards a layered model of communication between systems, demonstrating the problems arising from errors in transmission, propagation delays, local resource use and equipment configuration together with typical solutions. The importance of standards as a means of ensuring coherence and consistency is emphasised.

Laboratory work

Using packet-capture software to explore protocols in a live system.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. List the layers of the ISO and TCP/IP models for communication systems;
  2. Describe the functions of each layer;
  3. Describe the properties of major algorithms and protocols used in communications networks;
  4. Apply algorithms and protocols in various situations;
  5. Evaluate the performance of existing and proposed protocols;
  6. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of current and proposed protocols.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

All ILOs will be tested through a single timed assessment.

Reading and References

  • Tanenbaum, A.S. and Wetherall, D.J, Computer Networks, 5th edition, 2011, Pearson, ISBN:0-13-255317-1 (Essential)