Module code: EEE3007

Module Overview

Expected prior learning: Module EEE2040 – Communications Networks (5-com), or equivalent learning.

Module purpose: The Internet is an important worldwide communications system; the module provides an in-depth treatment of current and evolving Internet protocols and standards, and the algorithms that underlie them.

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

CRUICKSHANK Haitham (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: I300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 91

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 27

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes the following:

Introduction and Background to Data Communications (1 hour) [HC]
[1] Introduction & background.

Local Area Networks (2 hours) [HC]
[1-2] Local Area Networks. Introduction, IEEE 802 standard LANs: Ethernet (802.3), and Wireless LAN (802.11). Also overview of  repeaters, bridges - transparent and source routing, interconnecting different LAN types.

Internetworking and Routing (6 hours) [HC]
[1-3] Internetworking. Introduction, routers / gateways, The Internet Protocol (IP), IP addressing, Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP).

[4-6] Routing. Fundamentals. Distance vector (Bellman-Ford, RIP) and link state (Dijkstra, OSPF) routing algorithms and protocols.

Multicast and multicast routing (3 hours) [HC]
[1-3] Multicast concepts and technology components.  Multicast overlay.  Multicast routing protocols.

ATM and MPLS (3 hours) [MH]
[1-3] B-ISDN reference model, ATM service categories, IP over ATM, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS).

Upper Layers and Applications (6 hours) [HC]
[1-3] Transport Layer. Issues and services, Internet protocols: TCP, UDP, RTP, OSI transport protocols.

[4-6] Application Layer Protocols. Non-real-time and real-time Internet applications: Telnet, FTP, SMTP, DNS, WWW, VoIP, SIP and H.323.

IP Quality of Service (3 hours) [HC]
[1-3] Integrated and Differentiated Services. Internet traffic requirements, per-hop packet processing, Integrated Services architecture and RSVP, Differentiated Services architecture.

Network security (6 hours) [HC]
[1-3] Network Security - general.  Authentication and encryption.  Secret and public key systems (DES, RSA, MD5).  Diffie-Hellman key exchange protocol and ATM, satellite and mobile network security.

[4-6] IPsec, TLS and PGP.  Detailed view of the Internet security (IPsec), Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Good Privacy (PGP) system. 


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes.  The exam will assess students’ knowledge and assimilation of the terminology, concepts and details of the algorithms and protocols covered in the module.


Thus the summative assessment for this module consists of the following:

·         2-hour, closed-book written examination.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive formative assessment / feedback in the following ways:

·        During lectures, by informal question and answer sessions

·        By means of unassessed tutorial problem sheets (these will be discussed in the lectures, and answers/model solutions will be made available)

        ·        By means of a formative test with written feedback, the test being conducted by students in their self- study time.  


Module aims

  • Explain in some depth the principles underlying the design of the Internet;
  • Apply the algorithms, protocols, services and standards that support Internet-based networked communications.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Illustrate the benefits of layered protocols in the context of various local area network architectures, internetworking, and the TCP/IP protocol family.   K
2 Explain various LAN medium access principles and technologies.   KC
3 Apply routing algorithms and protocols.   KC
4 Describe and apply upper layer protocols and algorithms, including TCP in detail, presentation aspects and various application protocols. KC
5 Apply network security algorithms, and describe network security architectures and protocols.   KC
6 Apply algorithms from evolving areas such as multicast, and quality of service.   KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding defined in the module learning outcomes. Students will develop their cognitive skills by developing a clear understanding of the algorithmic approach to the course material, through demonstration of the algorithms in lectures and by self-practice of the algorithms.

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

  • Lectures: 30 hours (3 hrs per week x 10 weeks)

  • Discussion of tutorial problem sheets and formative test feedback: 3 hrs (in Week 11)


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Electronic Engineering (by short course) MSc(EEE OPTIONAL) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.