Not currently offered

Course handbook


Internet communication is principally devoted to the highest layer in the network architecture, the application layer. This course also introduces 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 both reviewing the latest research on Internet development and practical skills; such as using various communication techniques, building simple Web applications and securing information via encryption. The course is designed to give a sound introduction to the research on Internet development and an understanding of the technologies' potential as well as its limitations. Basic computing experience is 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. Exhibit a clear understanding of internet architectures and protocols including the TCP/IP protocol stack.

2. Competently design, script and maintain web pages employing languages such as XML, HTML, CSS, XSLT and JavaScript.

3. Understand, analyse and employ algorithms concerning data compression.

4. Understand, analyse and employ security concerning networks, servers and transactions including Public Key Infrastructure and SSL.

5. Appreciate social and ethical concepts concerning internet communications including privacy and access


  • 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
  • Cryptography
  • Compression
  • HCI and communication issues realting to web page delivery
  • Social Aspects of the Internet: privacy, responsibility and legal issues

Assumed knowledge

Basic Computer experience

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments (X2)

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal *

Quiz: Quiz

* 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.