ELE3305 Computer Systems and Communications Protocols
|Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Engineering & Surveying|
|School or Department :||Electrical, Electronic & Computing|
|Version produced :||21 July 2014|
Examiner: Alexander Kist
Moderator: Mark Phythian
Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE1301 and ELE2303
Computing and data communications have converged, such that data communications has become an integral part of many computer systems. This course is based around two central themes. The first is the logical extension of the material covered in the preceding Computer Engineering courses. This involves a more detailed study of advanced computer design and operating system topics including memory management, virtual memory, process management, cache memory, processor architectures and performance. The second theme is the design, implementation and use of data communication systems. This section, comprising approximately half the course, covers local area network protocols such as Ethernet, together with higher level protocols such as TCP/IP. An in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical operation of these protocols and the Internet is emphasised by implementation examples.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- describe the basic concepts of computer systems and the relationship between the various subsystems;
- discuss factors that impact on the performance of computer systems including disk/memory cache systems, processor architecture and memory management;
- select and justify appropriate methods of data compression, encryption and error checking for local and wide-area networks;
- interpret data communications standards documents such as Internet RFC's to analyse protocol frames found in a data communications system, and provide explanations for the observed behaviour of communicating entities;
- prepare, to a professional standard, technical written reports and verbal presentations in English having good structure and format, high standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation, and appropriate and adequate technical content;
- demonstrate information literacy skills to find, analyse and evaluate appropriate information;
- critique work of peers and critically analyse information sources;
|2.||Hardware and Architecture||15.00|
|3.||Data Communications and Protocols||60.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
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ELE3305 Computer systems and communications protocols: course notes,
Comer, D 2004, Computer networks and internets: with Internet applications, 4th edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Halsall, F 2005, Computer networking and the internet, 5th edn, Addison Wesley, Harlow.
Silberschatz, A, Galvin PB & Gagne G 2011, Operating system concepts essentials, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
Tanenbaum, A 2002, Computer Networks, 4th edn, Pearson Education International, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Tanenbaum, A 2007, Modern Operating Systems, 3rd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|PROJECT||280||28||18 Mar 2013|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||60||6||22 Apr 2013|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||60||6||03 Jun 2013|
|2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION||600||60||End S1||(see note 1)|
- Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.
Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.
In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.
The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.
Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.
Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.
Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.