Module Details

Module Code: NETW C7030
Full Title Data Communications
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 5
Module Author Amanda Clancy
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: Students completing this module will have a knowledge of Data Communications Fundamentals and will have the ability to differentiate between different communication techniques and mechanisms. Students will recognize the difference between Digital and Analog signalling, explain the OSI Model and analyze Communication systems.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Discuss and explain Data Communication Fundamentals
MLO2 Describe the difference between various data communication techniques
MLO3 Explain the fundamentals of digital and analogue signalling, Encoding and Modulation
MLO4 Evaluate performance and transmission media impairments
MLO5 Examine the principles of Error Correction and Error Detection
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
 
Indicative Content
OSI Model and Transmission Media
Describe and explain the OSI Model and data communication at each layer. Examine the characteristics of guided and unguided transmission media.
Data and Signals
Investigating Signal types explaining the difference between Analogue and Digital Signals
Signal Modulation and Encoding Techniques
Encoding Techniques such as AM/FM/QAM/ASK/FSK/PSK and Pulse Code Modulation
Data Impairments and Errors
Examine mechanisms for dealing with Error Control and examining noise and impairments on a signal. Comparing the Nyquist and Shannon theorems for data capacity and why impairments occur on a communication channel. Explain the difference between terms such as latency, jitter and packet loss.
Data Multiplexing
Data Multiplexing in the Time Domain and Frequency Domain
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The assessment criteria for continuous assessments will focus on the students’ understanding of Data Communications. Students complete a project to analyse traffic on a Wireless network and inspect the packets to understand how traffic travels around a network.
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Year Final Examination

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 30
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 2,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Project work carried out throughout the semester
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 70
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
The assessment criteria for continuous assessments will focus on the students’ understanding of Data Communications
Reassessment Requirement
Reattendance
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact The lecture will be used to delivery the theory. Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact Practicals will be used to consolidate the learning.. Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact The lecture will be used to delivery the theory. Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact Practicals will be used to consolidate the learning. Every Week 2.00 2
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kurose, James F., Ross, Keith W.. (2016), Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach featuring the Internet.,, 7th. Prentice-Hall, [ISBN: 9781292153599].
  • Stallings, William. (2013), Data and Computer Communications, 10th. Prentice Hall, [ISBN: 9781292014388].
  • Behrouz A Forouzan ,. (2013), Data Communications and Networking, 5th. McGraw-Hill, [ISBN: 13 9780073376].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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