Students who successfully complete this module will be able to:
1.Demonstrate a broad understanding of the knowledge base of this module, and its terminology and discourse (with specific reference to transmission media, data encoding, transmission modes, error detection and correction, flow control, multiplexing, switching techniques, and routing);
2.Identify and evaluate the principles and concepts underlying theoretical frameworks highlighted in this module, and demonstrate an ability to identify their strengths and weaknesses, especially in relation to the evolving networking scene (covering network topologies, protocols, layering, standardisation);
3.Collect and evaluate information from a variety of authoritative sources to inform a choice of solutions to standard data communication and network problems highlighted in this module, including online open source and subscription-only literature;
4.Evaluate the reliability of data and information provided in this module, using pre-defined techniques and/or criteria, especially in relation to free resources
This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes:
1.Demonstrate a broad understanding of the knowledge base of this module, and its terminology and discourse
2.Identify and evaluate the principles and concepts underlying theoretical frameworks in relation to the evolving networking technologies, covering both guided and unguided transmission media.
3.Demonstrate autonomous learning context and draw on prior experiences reflecting and evaluating on new leaning outcome.
4.Evaluate the reliability of data and information provided in this module, using pre-defined techniques and/or criteria.
1.Individual Written Report: case study analysis
2.Recommended maximum words
The growing needs of communication faced with limited infrastructure which may hinder the progress of future and current speed in data communication, Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) may be assumed one method by which communication can be established and hence utilise the existing public electric power line in relatively high speed communication.
The challenges that may be facing this technique are many some of which are in designing sophisticated modulation and enabling error correction to suite the environment.
You are required to research, analyse, evaluate and identified the potential use of this type of communication covering the issues related to the underlying networking technology, explaining, analysing and evaluating the underlying networking principles.
You report should discuss areas of concern such as usability, legislation, security, regulation and potential applications.
Assessment Criteria Description
Introduction Introduction / Background
6 Introduction to the context and/or background to the topic indicating the purpose of the report 10 Marks
4 The introduction includes some definitions of complex terminology or acronyms and ideas in view of the conclusion of the report
Knowledge and understanding Knowledge and understanding
8 Demonstrate effective approach to study and research including explanation and discussion of subject concepts 15 Marks
7 The discussion includes relevant information paraphrased / interpreted from sound sources, summarising and making sense of information
Application and analysis Applying knowledge and analysis of technologies
8 Discussion, examination and analysis of underpinning network technologies exploring the relationship between different components 15 Marks
7 Discussion and analysis to the issues and vulnerabilities including reasoning based on priori-knowledge, backed by evidence of research from sound sources
Technology evaluation Evaluation of underpinning technologies
9 Demonstrate effective assessment and judgement of the value of information in comparing and evaluating the underpinning technologies with relevant theories 20 Marks
11 The discussion supported by literature including critical discussion and evaluation in relation to known issues in the industry such as (but not limited) usability, legislation, security, regulation and reflecting on the potential applications of the given technology
Conclusion / reflection Conclusion and/or reflection
8 A well-defined conclusion / reflection summarising report discussion clearly and logically presented 15 Marks
7 An insight reflection of learning supported by theory where applicable
Presentation Presentation and document Structure
6 The document is well styled using appropriate academic language, presenting information and discussion using many presentation methods including graphs, text and diagrams where applicable 10 Marks
4 The report reflects level of autonomy and creativity
Referencing Academic integrity and referencing
8 References are correctly presented to an appropriate academic style and relevant to the subject 15 Marks
7 References are from different sources (Books, journals, periodicals and technical reports) to support the discussion within the report, properly cited and paraphrased to relevant source of information
Assignment Preparation Guidelines
·All components of the assignment report must be word processed (hand written text or hand drawn diagrams are not acceptable), font size must be within the range of 11 point to 14 point including the headings, body text and any texts within diagrams.
·Standard and commonly used fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri should be used
·All figures, graphs and tables must be numbered and labelled.
·Material from external sources must be properly refereed and cited within the text using the Harvard referencing system
·All components of the assignment (text, diagrams. code etc.) must be submitted in one word file, any other accompanied materials such as simulation file, code, etc. should be attached in appendices
·The report should be logically structured, the core of the report may start by defining the problem / subject and/or research question, followed by literature review including a detailed discussion, analysis and evaluation, leading to discussion of possible application and critical discussion in some criteria given in the assignment brief, finally a conclusion and/or personal reflection on learning
·Screenshots without description / discussion does not constitute understanding
Plagiarism and Collusion
·Plagiarism: is when presenting somebody else’s work as your own, whether that work be an idea, graphs, figure, illustration or a pure text. Be it available in web, textbooks, reports or otherwise
·Collusion: is when copying another student report (text, Figures, Illustration etc..) and submitting as your own
·Plagiarism and collusion will be dealt with seriously and can lead to serious consequences and disciplinary procedure
·Wholesale use of text and diagrams from websites considered plagiarism.
Submission & Late submission
·Student must assure that the work is satisfactory and fit for purpose, both academically and free from any plagiarism.
·Student must use appropriate coversheet, which must include subject, assignment title, student ID and date-time.
·The lecturers / module convenor do not have the authority to extend the submission deadlines nor the exam time/date. In case of any mitigating circumstances, student should apply and fill the relevant form(s) available at
·Late submission within 7 days after deadline will be capped to 40, any submission after 7 days will be ignored
·Submission title should be appropriate to the topic/title of the assignment pretext by Student ID, (Student ID-Assignment title)