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Unit information: Networked Systems and Applications in 2019/20

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Unit name Networked Systems and Applications
Unit code EENGM0009
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. George Oikonomou
Open unit status Not open

EENG30002 - Networking Protocol Principles (3)


EENGM0007 - Networking Protocol Principles (M)

Or, for students on Continental Europe or Study Abroad Programmes other pre-requisites may be considered. Please liaise with Unit Organiser directly to discuss what might be acceptable.



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


This unit aims to introduce students to the fundamental design principles of modern networked applications. This is achieved through a study of a number of distributed systems, ranging from classic web-based applications, to machine-to-machine communications, telemetry and the Internet of Things. The unit discusses how different applications have different requirements, for instance regarding performance, scalability and reliability. Through examples of application and transport layer protocols used in today’s internet, the unit provides insight into a range of system architectures and communication paradigms and highlights how different design choices can have an impact on the extent to which an application’s requirements can be met.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe key performance indicators for contemporary computer networks and distributed applications. Formulate performance requirements for different classes of networked applications.
  2. Describe the main functions performed by the transport layer of the TCP/IP layered model. Describe and compare the various transport layer protocols used in contemporary networks.
  3. Discuss and compare different distributed application architectures. Compare and critically analyse their key characteristics.
  4. List, describe and compare distributed application interaction models.
  5. Compare protocols in terms of their ability to support i) different interaction models and ii) the requirements of different distributed applications.
  6. Select suitable protocols and apply them as part of the design of a distributed application. Justify protocol selection and discuss advantages and disadvantages.
  7. Underline protocol design challenges for networks of severely constrained wireless embedded devices and the Internet of Things. Describe, compare and evaluate protocols used in contemporary IoT networks.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

Exam, 2 hours, 100% (All ILOs)

Reading and References

Distributed Systems: Concepts and Design, 5/E, Coulouris, Dollimore, Kindberg & Blair, Addison-Wesley, ISBN-10: 0132143011

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7th Edition, Kurose & Ross, Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0133594140