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Networks and Communications in Engineering Systems

The Internet and computer networks are now ubiquitous and a growing number of cyber-physical system strongly depend on the correct operation of the underlying network. Networks, both fixed and mobile, are a key part of the engineering environment of today and tomorrow. Many engineering applications that are used today would not be possible without such networks, and this dependency is likely to increase in the future.

This module develops theoretical understanding of core networks and communications concepts, instantiation of these concepts in the dominant suite of protocols comprising Ethernet, Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP), the practical realisation of devices to operate these protocols (switches, routers and firewalls in particular) and the engineering systems and cyber consequences arising from the organisation and configuration of these devices.