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EEE8119 : Wired and Wireless Communication Networks and Security

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Said Boussakta
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Wired and wireless communications networks is one of the fastest growing fields in the engineering world, and a tremendous interest for this topic exists among students. The purpose of the course is:

To introduce the students to advanced topics in wired and wireless communications networks and security, their evolution and impacts on modern society.
To introduce a broad coverage of modern communication networks and technologies, transmission and switching; to provide students with knowledge of the issues relating to modern telecommunications systems, protocols, flow and error control. To provide students with an understanding of security and encryption and their importance in modern communication systems. To introduce the principles of wireless and broadband communication networks.

To help students develop skills required to practice “life-long” learning, through covering material related to current and future security and encryption algorithms, communications systems and technologies.

To familiarise students with selected topics which are being developed in the research community. This involves a lot of self-study, reading papers, technical magazines and handouts.

Outline Of Syllabus

The new syllabus will be divided into six parts as follows:

1.       The necessity for communications networks, networks types, networking issues, networking topologies.

2.       Protocols architectures: The ISO/OSI reference model; TCP/IP and the OSI Mode.

3.       Communications networks transmission principles: Switching technologies; Error and flow control techniques and standards; Performance issues and analysis; Routing algorithms and congestion control.

4.       Fundamentals of privacy and security as applied to modern communications: Concept of a cipher system; Public - key and private key cryptosystems.

5.       Wireless technologies (IEEE 802.11, IEE 802.15, IEEE802.16

6.       Student Self-Learning (selected topics from):

Privacy and Security in communications networks: privacy and security issues, protocols, algorithms and techniques, public and private key cryptography, common attacks, "man in the middle" attack, countermeasures

Encryption techniques: Advanced Encryption Standards (AES), RSA, Elliptic Curve Cryptography, authentication and signature.

Wireless technologies (IEEE 802.11, IEE 802.15, IEEE802.16)

Wireless communications Systems, 4G/5G, IoT

Ethernet, physical constraints in Ethernets, CSMA/CD, back-off algorithm, unfairness, max frame rate and throughput, full duplex Ethernet, link aggregation, Ethernet frame, fragmentation. Repeaters, hubs, bridges, switches.

IP6, format, ARP, fragmentation, basic routing, algorithm, routing table, classes of networks, netmasks, LAN analysis, ICMP.

Voice over IP;Traffic Analysis

The performance of network communication systems evaluation in terms of throughput, capacity and utilisation.

Wireless communication for the tactile internet

Device-to-Device communications

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:001x 2 hours Lecture (Synchronous online)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Non-synchronous recording to support Lectures and Workshops
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Software implementation of encryption algorithms and writing a report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion41:004:00Revision for NUMBAS exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops54:0020:00Practical Workshops (PIP or Synchronous online).
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity14:004:00Completion of time schedule for self-directed learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery121:0012:001-2-1 (PIP or Synchronous online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1118:00118:00SDL inc. new material on key topics + maths problems plus general reading + reviewing lecture notes.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes are achieved by a combination of lectures and self-directed learning (SDL) parts. In the lectures, the students are introduced to the fundamentals of wired and wireless communications networks and security, while in the SDL part of the module, the students are directed to study and investigate current and future trends and development in encryption techniques and communications network systems. In this part of the module the students will practice “life-long” learning, through covering new material and familiarising themselves with selected topics which are being developed in the research community. This will equip them with the necessary skills and time management required in self-study that will be needed in their future careers.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE3015Telecommunication Networks1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25Report of about 1000 words with software code development and implementation.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The concepts introduced in the lectures and through independent study will be assessed via one final written exam.

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