COMPSCI 215 : Data Communications and Security
2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Identify and describe the layers and their purpose in a standard communication system. (Capability 1 and 2)
- Work with IP version 4 addresses and netmasks in a context of subnetting and IP datagram forwarding. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Analyse and construct TCP/IP networks with switches and routers. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Describe and explain the concept of encapsulation in layered communication. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Describe and explain the operation of ARP and DHCP. (Capability 1)
- Identify and analyse classic encrypted communication. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
- Critically evaluate shared-key cryptosystems (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
- Critically evaluate public-key cryptosystems (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
- Explain how various concepts in digital security come together to form the transport layer security protocol. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Critically evaluate the trade-off between performance and security (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
Per week, you can expect 3 hours understanding lecture content, 3 hours of reading and individual learning on the week's topics, and 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
Attendance is encouraged at scheduled activities including lectures and tutorials.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials may not be available as recordings.
Attendance on campus is required for the tests and final examination.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
There is no prescribed text book. Online resources for additional reading will be provided with each lecture topic.
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
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Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.