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SEE312 - Data Communication

Unit details


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Pubudu Pathirana


SEE216 or SEE202



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 3 x 1 hour practicals per trimester. Students may be required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions on multiple days during the trimester.

Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 2 x 1 hours of class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week. Students may be required to attend and participate in practical activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week.


The unit provides an understanding in the basic principles of data communications and computer networking. The fundamental importance concerning the technology and architecture of this field, as well as the state-of-the-art technology, will be examined in-depth. The unit will address the TCP/IP network model with an emphasis on layers, computer communications architecture, data encoding, error detection and correction, medium access control, local and wide area networks, bridging and routing, congestion control, node-to-node communications and end-to-end protocols. Introduction to emerging high-speed technologies, such as ATM and TCP/IP suite of protocols that are used on the Internet will also be studied.


Quizzes (2 x 10% each) 20%, laboratory report 20%, examination 60%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination.

Prescribed texts

Stallings, 2013, Data And Computer Communications, 10th Ed, Pearson Education, Harlow, United Kingdom

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