The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered

Course handbook


Introduces Internet communication and the fundamental concepts of Internet Architecture and how they support the massive growth and varied uses of the medium. A strong emphasis is placed on practical skills, such as using various communication techniques, building Web pages, and securing information via encryption. The course is designed to give a sound understanding of the technologies' potential as well as its limitations. Previous computing experience is helpful but not required.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Sound understanding of the basic architectures in Internet Communication.

2. Familiarization with a variety of aspects of electronic communication.

3. Understanding of syntax and semantics of several Markup languages for use in information communication.

4. Detailed knowledge of the concepts and practical aspects of data encryption and compression in networking environments.


  • Introduction to computer networking
  • Past, present and potential future of the Internet
  • Client-server computing,Search engines, Internet protocols
  • World-wide Web Languages: XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT and Javascript
  • HCI and communication issues relating to Web page design
  • Cryptography
  • Compression
  • Social Aspects of the Internet: privacy, responsibility and legal issues.

Assessment items

Quiz: Mid-semester Quiz

Project: Web based assignment 1

Project: Web based assignement 2

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.