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EEE3015 : Telecommunication Networks

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Said Boussakta
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide a broad coverage of both conventional telephony and modern communications networks concepts.
To provide students with a knowledge of the issues relating to modern communications systems and technologies.
To introduce the concepts of circuit and packet switching technologies, flow and error control as applied to communications networks.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Networks: Networking Issues and Advantages; Networking Topologies; ISO/OSI Reference Model; TCP/IP; Transmission Principles; Switching Technologies: Circuit Switching, Packet Switching (Datagram and Virtual Circuit); Traffic Analysis; Network Types; Error and Flow Control; Performance Issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:0012x1 hour Lecture or tutorial, one per week over 12 weeks (PIP or online synchronous)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Non Synchronous video recording, one per week over 10 weeks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative assessment (PIP or synchronous on line)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Revision for NUMBAS Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:001 hour 1-2-1 per week over 10 weeks (PIP or Online synchronous)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0051:00General reading; reading and answering tutorial questions; math problems.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading, problem solving practice is integrated into lecture structure.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100Computer based
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8119Wired and Wireless Communication Networks and Security2N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MComputer based or in class
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the assessment enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis to novel situations. The in semester assignment will give students an idea about their level of progress during the course.

Reading Lists