Computer Systems and Communication Protocols

Course code ELE3305

In recent times, computing and data communications have tended to converge, such that data communications has become an integral part of almost every computer system.

This course is based around two central themes.  The first is the logical extension of the material covered in the preceding Computer Engineering courses.  This involves a more detailed study of advanced computer design including memory management, virtual memory, process management, cache memory, processor architectures and performance.  The second theme is the design, implementation and use of data communication systems.

This section, comprising approximately half the course, covers LAN protocols such as Ethernet, together with higher level protocols such as TCP/IP.  An in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical operation of these protocols is emphasised by implementation examples.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 27 Jan 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.