Computer Networks and Data Communication

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Course Venue:

GIS Laboratory

CIT Block B
College of Computing and Information Sciences


Course Code: 
BSE 2203
Course Credit Units: 
Year of Last Revision: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Description & Objectives: 

This course will cover Introduction to Networks: definition, advantages, types, configurations; The OSI/ISO reference model; Transmission media: magnetic media, twisted pair, coaxial, fiber-optics; Data encoding: straight, Manchester, differential Manchester, satellite; Digital versus Analog transmission; Modems, modulation and their standards, codes and pulse code modulation; Integrated Services Digital Networks (ISDN); Network Access Protocols; Passive versus dynamic allocation; LAN standards:802.3 (Ethernet), 802.4 (token bus), 802.5 (token ring); Computer Network security, Active and Passive Attacks; Network layer and Network layer protocols; Transport layer and Transport layer protocols. Furthermore, the course considers problems on each layer of a multilayered communication model, and describes some typical solutions to such problems.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aims: the aims of the course are:

  • Networks
  •  To introduce students to standards and guidelines in computer and data communication network
  • To impact knowledge and skill relevant for the design, implementation and maintenance of modern computer communication networks
  • To introduce students to emerging technologies in data communication


Learning Outcomes: 

 On completion of this course unit, the students will be able to:

  • Master the terminology and concepts of the OSI reference model and the TCP/IP reference model;
  • Master the concepts of protocols, network interfaces, and design/performance issues in local area networks and wide area networks;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of wireless networking concepts;
  • Appreciate contemporary issues in networking technologies and;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of network tools.


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