Department of Computer Science, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 1|
|Before taking this unit you must take CM10138|
(or equivalent authorised by the Director of Studies)
Aims: To understand the Internet, and associated background and theory, to a level sufficient for a competent domain manager.
Students should be able to:
1. Explain the acronyms and concepts of the Internet and how they relate;
2. State the steps required to connect a domain to the Internet and explain the issues involved to both technical and non-technical audiences;
3. Discuss the ethical issues involved with the internet, and have an "intelligent layman's" grasp of the legal issues and uncertainties.
4. Be aware of the fundamental security issues;
5. Be able to advise on the configuration issues surrounding a firewall.
IT - Networking, Legal Awareness (T, A).
The ISO 7-layer model. The Internet: its history and evolution - predictions for the future. The TCP/IP stack: IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP, DNS, XDR, NFS and SMTP. Berkeley. Introduction to packet layout: source routing etc. Various link levels: SLIP, 802.5 and Ethernet, satellites, the "fat pipe", ATM. Performance issues: bandwidth, MSS and RTT; caching at various layers.Who 'owns' the Internet and who 'manages' it: RFCs, service providers, domain managers, IANA, UKERNA, MANs, commercial British activities. Routing protocols and default routers. HTML and electronic publishing.Legal and ethical issues: slander/libel, copyright, pornography, publishing versus carrying. Security and firewalls.