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Data Communications and Computer Networks (INFE320)

Principles of data communications; information transfer, computer networks and their applications. Network structures, architectures and protocols. Open systems and the OSI reference model; services and network standardization. Communication systems: transmission media, analog and digital transmission. PSTN, modems, PCM, encoding and digital interface. Transmission and switching: FDM, TDM, modulation, circuit, packet and message switching. The store and forward concept. Networking characteristics. Storage, delay, multiplexing, bandwidth sharing and dynamic bandwidth management, QoS. Channel organization, framing, channel access control. PSPDN and integrated digital network concept: ISDN. LANs, MANs and WANs. ATM and gigabit networking. Communication models. De-facto standards. The Internet open architecture and the protocol suite. Modern applications of networking.

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