Computer Science (COMP) 347
Computer Networks (Revision 7)
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Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: COMP 314*
Precluded Course: COMP 345 or COMP 346. (COMP 347 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for COMP 345 or COMP 346.)
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
COMP 347 has a Challenge for Credit option.
*Note: Students who are concerned about not meeting the prerequisites for this course are encouraged to contact the course coordinator before registering
COMP 347 is a university course designed to teach the essential principles and technologies of computer networking. To accommodate the needs of students who do not have enough programming background, or are not interested in programming, requirements for coding have been removed from the course.
After successfully completing the course, students should be able to
- Explain all the fundamental concepts and terminologies of computer networks and be able to dialog with IT professionals in the right technical terms.
- Use the concepts of layered models, network principles, and technologies to explain how computer networks and their components work and to explain various performance issues such as delays and quality assurance;
- Explain various network standards and protocols;
- Use computer network principles and technologies to solve network related problems;
- Design new network protocols for network services to meet certain requirements;
- Apply computer network principles and technologies in the design, implementation, and management of computer networks.
COMP 347 consists of the following units:
- Unit 0: Orientation
- Unit 1: Introduction to Computer Networks, the Internet, and the World Wide Web
- Unit 2: Application Layer and Network Applications
- Unit 3: Transport Layer
- Unit 4: The Network Layer and Routing
- Unit 5: The Link Layer and Local Area Networks
- Unit 6: Wireless and Mobile Networks
- Unit 7: Multimedia networking
- Unit 8: Network Management
To receive credit for COMP 347, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent), including a grade of 50 percent on each assignment, and at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of these grades is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Kurose, J. F., & Ross, K. W. (2013). Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley. http://www.aw.com/kurose-ross/
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
The remainder of the learning resources for Computer Science 347 are distributed in electronic format or are available from the course or other Web sites. The materials in these categories presently include:
Distributed in Electronic Format:
- Computer Science 347 Study Guide.
Available from the Course Web Site:
- Tutor Marked Exercises and Instructions
- Self-Testing Quizzes (on the homepage of the Kurose-Ross textbook.)
- A Course Evaluation Form
- Links to Other Web-based Course Resources
Available from Other Web Sites:
- Companion website for the textbook
- Additional supporting materials of interest to students may occasionally be made available electronically.
Special Course Features
COMP 347 is offered by computer mediated communications (CMC) mode, and can be completed at the student's workplace or home. It is an elective in all Computing and Information Systems programs, for example, B.Sc. in Computing and Information Systems.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 7, April 11, 2017.
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