COMPSCI 742 : Advanced Internet: Global Data Communications


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The protocols and performance of local area networks. The special requirements of very high speed networks (100 Mb/s and higher). Asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and its relation to other protocols. The TCP/IP suite. Recommended preparation: COMPSCI 314, 315.

Course Overview

This is a research-oriented course covering various aspects of networked systems with a strong focus on the Internet and mobile network infrastructure. The course prepares students for roles in which they need to design and work with network infrastructure at provider and carrier level. Students who have completed this course will also be ready to undertake research in the general area of computer networking and distributed systems, including mobile and satellite systems. The course will be delivered mostly in the form of lectures, but will also include self-directed learning in the form of team projects and / or presentations.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Approval of the Academic Head or nominee

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse complex communication scenarios in wired and wireless networks at different layers of the network stack and communicate their conclusions. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  2. Create Internet applications based on raw and non-blocking sockets, and be aware of the potential of abuse involved in raw sockets. (Capability 1, 3 and 6)
  3. Critically evaluate the behaviour of transport protocols over satellite networks. (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Query and work with the global routing, naming and numbering system of the Internet and of the software used to maintain it. (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  5. Able to assess where the use of software-defined networking is appropriate, and implement simple solutions. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  6. Work with advanced concepts in TCP, congestion control, multicasting communications, wireless communications, etc. and are able to develop in-depth self-learning in these concepts by reading research articles and present findings in a suitable format. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  7. Be able to carry out basic experiments/simulations in a network simulator for networking research. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  8. Capable of applying Queuing Theory to real-life and networking applications. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 20% Individual Coursework
Class project 10% Group Coursework
Project 10% Group Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Class project
Final Exam


This course is supported by the Computer Science Tuākana programme ( Contact the course coordinator for details.

Key Topics

Advanced concepts in TCP/IP, non-blocking and raw sockets, host- and network-based congestion control, bufferbloat, Internet over satellite links, wireless, link budgets, cellular systems, network coding, global routing, the Internet name and numbering system, software-defined networking, network simulation, multicasting, smart cities.

Learning Resources

There is no required textbook for this course. Recommended textbooks, which you can read to brush up on your networking background, include:

  •         Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (6th or 7th Edition) by Kurose and Ross
  •         Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (5th Edition) by Peterson and Davie
  •         Data and Computer Communications (10th Edition) by Stallings
If you are interested in further exploring advanced material covered in this course, then you may also wish to read "Queuing Systems" by Kleinrock

Special Requirements

The course will be offered in the form of on campus lectures, which will be recorded and made available on Canvas for students unable to attend on campus. To pass the course, students must achieve at least half the marks in the combined assignment and project component and half of the marks in the exam. The teaching team will try and offer 1-2 excursions (not compulsory) to sites of interest in communication.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect ~30 hours of lectures, 33 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 54 hours of work on assignments and projects.

Digital Resources

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.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

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.

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 (


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.

Published on 09/07/2020 03:36 p.m.