BTN415 - Data Communications Programming

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Subject Title
Data Communications Programming

Subject Description
This course provides a technical foundation of data communications and network technology. It introduces the terminology and design concepts of networking and data communications. It studies the Internet protocol suite, and compares the concepts of the Internet to other protocol standards of today. The course covers the socket API in C/C++ and introduces the foundations of designing and developing client/server based systems, looking at data manipulation and integrity during transmission.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Required for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
a) Explain the organization of protocol definitions in order to identify their semantics and syntax properties
b) Interpret standards and protocols used to transfer data between client and server systems

Application of Knowledge
a) Apply standards and protocols to the context of software engineering principles
b) Implement protocol definitions using compound data structures and objects in order to create/decode data packets
c) Customize data communication by encapsulating protocols for transmission over other communication links

Knowledge of Methodologies
a) Experiment with data communication handshaking methods and validation to ensure a proper transmission of a data packet

Communication Skills
a) Write a technical paper on a data communications protocol to define the requirements for a  client/server application
b) Interpret binary and hexadecimal data in order to encode/decode and manipulate transmitted data

Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge
a) Evaluate the difference between reliable and unreliable protocols in order to select the right approach during client/server software design

Professional Capacity/Autonomy
a) Validate the transmission of communications between client/server applications to ensure a proper connection was established (debugging activities)

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