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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS3031
Module NameAdvanced Telecommunications
Module Short TitleN/a
ECTS5
Semester TaughtSecond Semester
Contact Hours

Lecture hours: 33
Lab hours: 2

Total hours: 35

Module PersonnelHitesh Tewari
Learning Outcomes

When students have successfully completed this module they should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Transport and Application Layers;
  • Have a good understanding of cryptography, network security, electronic paymentst
  • Analyze the requirements for a given organizational structure and select the most appropriate networking architecture and technologies;
  • Have a working knowledge of network programming using sockets and the use of a cryptographic library, both of which the students must use as part of their continuous assessment tasks.
Learning Aims

This option concentrates on building upon the students JF and SF years knowledge and introduces them to advanced topics in the areas of data communications and telecoms networks. A detail study is made of the TCP protocols in terms of multiplexing, flow and congestion control to understand the effects congestion in a large distributed network such as the Internet. A number of Application Layer protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, DNS and AJAX are studied to understand how Web Applications are designed today. The students are given an in-depth Network Security/Cryptography module which gives them an appreciation of how to secure communications over an open network such as the Internet. They are also introduced to the topic of Electronic Payments.

Module Content

Specific topics addressed in this module include:

  • Transport Layer Issues – Multiplexing, UDP, TCP, Flow Control, Congestion Control
  • Application Layer Issues – HTTP, SMTP, DNS, Web Applications
  • Network Security – Symmetric and Asymmetric Key Cryptography, Key Agreement Protocols, Authentication and Digital Signatures, X.509 and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Authentication Protocol and, Secure Protocols.

Electronic Payment Systems – Ecash, Bitcoin, Micropayments

Recommended Reading List

Computer Networking - A Top-Down Approach, 7th Ed., James F. Kurose, Pearson Intl.

Understanding Cryptography, Christof Paar, Springer

Module Prerequisites

CS2031 – Telecommunications II

Assessment Details

Assessment is by examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%). Continuous assessment is composed of two substantial programming assignments which the students are required to demo at a lab session.

The supplemental assessment will be based solely (i.e. 100%) on the written exam.

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Academic Year of Data2017/18