EE210 Data Communications and Computer Networks
Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gabriel-Miro Muntean
module aims to familiarize the student with the operation and implementation
of the data communications systems used to exchange information between
Goals and Learning Outcomes
goal of this module is to:
provide a good understanding of the electrical characteristics of digital
signals and the basic methods of data transmission.
introduce the concept of communication protocols and give an overview of
Data Communication Standards.
give an introduction to the area of computer networks, with emphasis on
the range of communication protocols utilized.
explore the concept of Open Systems, giving an overview of Transport and
Application Support Protocols.
Having successfully completed this course, the student
Be familiar with the electrical interface and the basics of digital data
Appreciate the need for Data Communication standards
Acknowledge the importance of the ISO 7-layer reference model.
Have a broad knowledge of the protocols used in various types of computer
Understand the principles of Open Systems and the Transport/Application
protocols, which facilitate them.
Data Communication Standards
Physical Aspects (Basics) - Transmission Media, Attenuation and Distortion
Sources, Signal Types, Public Carrier Circuits, Physical interface standards
Physical Aspects (Advanced) - Data Transmission, Error Detection Methods,
Data Link Layer - Go-Back-N retransmission techniques
Local Area Networks (Basics) - Ethernet and Token Ring
Local Area Networks (Interconnection) - Routing
The Network layer - Inter networking
The Transport layer – UDP and TCP Protocol
Strongly recommended textbooks:
Fred Halsall, "Computer Networking and the Internet",
Fifth Edition, Addison-Wesley, Pearson Education,
2005, ISBN 0-321-26358-8
Fred Halsall, "Data
Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems", Fourth Edition,
Addison-Wesley, Pearson Education,
1996, ISBN 0-201-42293-X
Andrew S. Tanenbaum, "Computer
Networks", Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, Pearson
Education, 2003, ISBN 0-13-038488-7
George J. Moshos, "Data Communications, Principles and Problems",
West Publishing Company, 1989, ISBN 0-314-48841-3
These textbooks can be found in the campus bookshop. Older versions are
also in the library.
Author: Dr. Gabriel-Miro
Latest revision: October 23rd, 2006.
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