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LAN & Internet Protocols - ELE00052H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kanapathippillai Cumanan
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of different Internet and LAN protocols that developed for computer networks.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To examine the structure of network protocol stacks and network hierarchy as used in local area networks (LANs) and the Internet
  • To examine the principles of flow and error control, multiple access control and the operation of the main protocols used in LANs and the Internet

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in the selection and application of appropriate numeric and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to describe, and calculate the efficiencies of common flow control and error control techniques, including sliding window, selective-repeat and go-back-N
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of parity, checksums and CRCs as error detection techniques
  • Understand how Ethernet and 802.3 works in detail (including the 802.2 LLC), and how it developed from earlier multiple access schemes
  • Be able to describe the function of bridges and routers and how they work, including the spanning tree algorithm and common routeing protocols
  • Be able to explain the functions of IPv4, IPv6, ICMP, TCP and UDP, DNS, DHCP, ARP and NAT and how they work together on the Internet
  • Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to explain and evaluate advanced technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to select, adapt and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve advanced problems
  • Have developed skills in problem solving, critical analysis and applied mathematics


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
LAN & Internet Protocols
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
LAN & Internet Protocols
N/A 100

Module feedback

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A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

Tanenbaum, A. S. , "Computer Networks" , Prentice Hall
William Stallings, Data and Computer Communications, Prentice-Hall
Charles Kozierok, The TCP/IP Guide, No Starch Press

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