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Communication Networks

23 October 2017 - 3 November 2017

This course is for practising engineers and possibly managers in industry and commerce who wish to acquire universal principles, concepts and applications of networked digital communication systems.

The module is delivered via lectures and coursework over two weeks.

This course provides knowledge of the design and performance of communication and computer networks.

This module aims to present students with the basic principles of networked digital communications. Students will develop sound knowledge of the theory and methodologies used in modern computer networks. During the course, students should be able to analyse the behaviours of computer network protocols, including how to calculate delay across a network in simple cases. They will develop practical skills in evaluating real-time performance of a working network and improve transferable skills including group-work and report writing. 

It covers analysis of the behaviour of a communication network protocol and prediction of how it supports different types of offered traffic, including an understanding of how to calculate delay across a network in simple cases.

On completion of the course, students should have a good understanding on the theory and principles behind communication and computer networks.  It covers understanding and analysis of various communication network protocols and prediction of their ability to support different types of offered traffic and methods to characterise delays across the network.

If you wish, you may take the assessment and accumulate credits towards a postgraduate award.

Assessment by Coursework and Exam

This module is a component of MSc in Digital Communications, Networked Communications.

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Dr Alex Gong
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Places available
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Target audience
This course is for academic and industrial researchers and engineers who wish to extend their knowledge of communication networks.
Previous experience
To get the most out of this course you will be a graduate engineer or have appropriate industrial experience.


One two hour written examination (70%), one coursework assignment (30%).
15 credits


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
A variety of on and off campus accommodation to suit different budgets is available from imago, our conference and events service. Go to


Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.