module specification

CS7073 - Communication Technologies for IT (Distance Learning) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Communication Technologies for IT (Distance Learning)
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 200
152 hours Guided independent study
48 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 60%   Research, application, presentation and report
Coursework 40%   Computer simulation and presentation
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning - -

Module summary

This module aims to develop an understanding of all means of digital communication technologies and the underlying principles and standards that make them possible. Topics include wireless technology, broadband communication, mobile communication, Internet communication and web servers, cloud/grid computing, geo-computing, net-centric computing, communication systems and services, multimedia communication, and security in communication technologies. This module aims to understand communication technologies for computing and IT professionals.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The overall aims of the module are to facilitate and provide an understanding of all communication technologies in wired, wireless, mobile and Internet, and their underlying principles and standards for computing and IT professionals.


* Local area network, metropolitan area network and wide area network topologies
* home area network, personal area network and body area network technologies
* Wireless technology
* Broadband communication
* Mobile communication
* Internet communication and web servers
* Cloud/grid computing, geo-computing and net-centric computing
* Communication systems and services; multimedia communication 
* Security in communication technologies

Learning and teaching

The distance learning delivery of the module allows the student the flexibility of studying for the module in their own time in their own style at their own location, while receiving effective guidance and support throughout the module. The University’s state-of-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used to provide a highly interactive, supportive and collaborative learning experience for the students. A wide range of synchronous and asynchronous facilities are used where appropriate for the effective delivery and assessment of the module. Among these facilities are WebLearn learning materials, video lectures, discussion board and online forum, and online presentation, viva and feedback.  Students are encouraged to become active participants, rather than passive recipients, of this learning process.

This module requires students to do two courseworks, Research, application, presentation and report for coursework 1 and Computer simulation for coursework 2.

In each coursework, the module leader requires to provide the followings to students via VLE (e.g. Weblearn):
• Clear description of required learning activities including required reading list and
• Lecture slides and/or other supporting materials.
• Answer questions posted on the discussion forum on the VLE and facilitate the
             discussion among students.
• a clear description of tasks, submission instruction, submission deadlines, 
              assessment criteria and marking sheet.

Students are required to:
• Complete required learning activities.
• Post questions related to module to the correct Forum in discussion board and
              engage in online discussion with peers and with the tutor.
• Submit solutions to assignments and the final assessment on time in accordance
              with published procedures by the given deadline.
• complete 200 hours of study.
• regularly check mail boxes, notice boards, e-mails for update on the module.

Opportunities for feedback will be available throughout the semester and also on draft attempts of courseworks 1 and 2.

There will be four learning units throughout the semester which will contribute towards the development works of courseworks 1 and 2, where formative feedback for each unit will be provided. 

There will be an assessment at the end of each coursework, where summative feedback for will be provided within three weeks after the submission deadline.

Students are expected to complete a total of 200 learning hours for this module. This includes:

• 48 hours – guided learning, teaching and related activities (synchronous & asynchronous), including 12 hour online communication with the tutor;
• 152 hours – guided independent study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of underlying principles of local area network, metropolitan area
  network and wide area network topologies.
- an understanding of underlying principles of home area network, personal area
  network and body area network technologies.
- an understanding of wireless technology and mobile communication.
- an understanding of broadband communication technology.
- an ability to understand Internet communication and web servers.
- an awareness of cloud/grid computing, geo-computing and net-centric computing.
- an understanding of communication systems and services.
- an understanding of multimedia communication. 
- an awareness of various securities in all communication technologies.

Assessment strategy

•     Assessment methods:
- Coursework 1: A technical report (60%).
-      Coursework 2: Computer simulation (40%).

• Assessment profile:
- Coursework 1 provides students with the opportunities to carry out research on
       current issues in communication technologies for computing and IT professionals.
- Coursework 2 provides students with the opportunity to conduct computer simulation related to the coursework 1.

Courseworks 1 and 2 are designed to enhance learning in communication Technologies in IT and also offer an IT related computer simulation, the phases of which are highly specified.

• Timing of assessment:
- Coursework 1 is assigned during week one – induction week and is due for
        submission on week seven. 
-      Coursework 2 is assigned during week eight and is due for submission on week 13.  
        Misconceptions or weaknesses are identified throughout the semester, before
        students commit significant effort to development, implementation and testing.


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