CITS3002 Computer Networks

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Computer Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit introduces students to the design and implementation of contemporary wired and wireless computer networks, the systems- and application-level software necessary to support their efficient operation, and the security and privacy factors introduced by networks and their applications.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic physical operation of networks, including the concepts of data encoding and error detection and recovery; (2) show experience of the design and operation of contemporary wide-area, local-area and wireless networking technologies' motivation, design and future of internetworking; (3) understand the TCP/IP protocol stack; (4) understand client/server and peer-to-peer networking models; (5) apply industry standard application programming interfaces providing network access from within procedural and object-oriented programming languages; (6) understand distributed applications for heterogeneous computer systems, and the security and privacy factors raised by contemporary networks and their applications; (7) develop a systems approach to design and operational performance; (8) gain in-depth technical competence in computer networks; and (9) apply their knowledge to identify, analyse and solve problems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mid-semester test; (2) practical project; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chris McDonald
Unit rules
CITS1002 Programming and Systems
CITS2002 Programming and Systems
CITS3230 Computer Networks, CITS3231 Security and Privacy
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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