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TELE202 Computer Networking

Fundamentals of communications between computing devices; local area networks; metropolitan area networks; internetworking and the Internet; TCP/IP; upper OSI network layers.

The aim of TELE 202 is to teach students the fundamental skills necessary to understand topics relating to data communications, networks and the Internet.

Paper title Computer Networking
Paper code TELE202
Subject Telecommunications
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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COMP 160 or COMP 103
COSC 244
Schedule C
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Teaching staff
Lecturers: Dr Haibo Zhang, Dr Yawen Chen and Dr Richard O'Keefe
Professional Practice Fellow: Iain Hewson
Paper Structure
As an introductory paper to data communications and computer networks, this paper consists of three parts.
  • The first part covers the fundamental aspects of data communications, including transmission media, signals and encoding, modulation, multiplexing, data compression, error detection and correction, security and protocols
  • The second part covers the topics of computer networks, including the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model, local area networks (LANs) and their IEEE standards, flow and error control, wide area networks (WANs), routing algorithms, congestion control and transport services
  • The third part covers the principles of the Internet, including the TCP/IP reference model, the Internet Protocol (IP) suite, various Internet applications and IPv6
  • Some advanced topics, such as wireless networking, and computer ethics are also covered in the paper
  • Lab work 7%
  • Tutorial work 6%
  • Tests 13%
  • Assignment 4%
  • Final exam 70%
Teaching Arrangements
There are two 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour lab and one 2-hour tutorial per week
Behrouz Forouzan, Data communications and networking (5th Edition), McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand the fundamental concepts, principles and problems in data communications
  • Be familiar with well-known network structures, standards, protocols and applications
  • Understand the essence of data communication from a computer science point of view
  • Be equipped with necessary knowledge and fundamental skills needed for a future career

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
T4 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
T5 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41