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FIT4015 - Digital communications technology and protocols

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Dr. Asad Khan


Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)


The first component of this unit looks at digital communication technologies such as: local area networks; metropolitan area networks; satellite networks; ISDN; modem techniques; digital networks. The second component covers protocols including: the structure, coordination and management of the Internet; Internet standards development process; Internet link layer protocols; IP (V4 and V6) and ICMP protocols; TCP and UDP; the Internet addressing structure, including domain naming and the DNS/LDAP systems and protocols; bridging systems and spanning-tree protocols; Internet packet routing techniques and protocols; mobile IP; Real Time Protocols; the major common applications.


On successful completion the student will be able to:

  1. understand the general architecture of the Internet, the interworking of the key protocols, and the underlying services required for the operation of the network;
  2. understand the standards development process for protocols and applications operating in the Internet;
  3. describe the characteristics of the key protocols in the Internet, and the roles they play;
  4. understand the key quality of service and security issues applying to the Internet.
  5. knowledge of local area network design and implementation techniques.

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to
  1. Identify appropriate standard internet protocols for various networking functions.
  2. select suitable local area network architecture to meet user requirements.
  3. select apporpriate telecommunications products to meet user requirements.


Assignments: 40%; Examination (2 hours): 60%.

Contact hours

4 x contact hrs/week


CSE3821, CPE3004, ECE4411/5411, CSE4881, CSE4882, ECE4/5044

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