Module Catalogue 2023/24

CSC8021 : Computer Networks

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bo Wei
  • Lecturer: Dr Varun Ojha
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To explain the fundamental principles which govern the operation of the Internet.
To explain how computer networks are implemented using layered protocols, and to explore the techniques used to implement network protocols at the various layers.
To explain the usage and purpose of a remotely accessed networked Operating System.

Outline Of Syllabus

Linux/UNIX Operating System, Shell Scripting, Network Technologies, Data communication - packet switching, routing, congestion control, latency; Local Area Networks - Ethernet, Wireless Networks, Satellite Communication, Network protocols - OSI architecture , TCP/IP, application oriented protocols.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to explain how computer networks are implemented using layered protocols.
To be able to explain the operation of a remotely accessed UNIX like Operating System.

Intended Skill Outcomes

The ability to use a number of systems software and computing tools (e.g., scripting in UNIX operating systems), and ability to use the techniques involved in implementing network protocols at the various layers.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures conducted in person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision for end of semester exam and exam duration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Lecture follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical102:0020:00Practical (PiP or online)
Guided Independent StudyProject work101:0010:00Practical coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00Optional drop-in/surgery (PiP or online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
Learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities with the support of additional leaning tools and support from module staff in drop in/clinic sessions. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for distinction marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A100Digital based examination covering network theories
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MPractical coursework (10 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Techniques and theory are presented in lectures. Practical assignments and excercises are used to enforce the principles that are taught and are assessed directly with coursework.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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