MODULE OUTLINE Created: 08-Jan-2012, Updated: 04-Jul-2012
Module Code CG3204L
Semester Semester 2, 2011/2012
Modular Credits 3
Faculty Others
Department Computing & Engineering
Timetable Timetable/Teaching Staff
Module Facilitators
DR Anand Bhojan Lecturer
MDM Lim Chew Eng Others
THEODORE FELIX LEO Teaching Assistant
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The main objective of this course is to provide an opportunity for the students to have hands-on experience with,
  • Configuring and interconnecting LANS using networking devices/technologies (routers, switches, hubs),
  • Networking protocols (DHCP, DNS, RIP, OSPF, ICMP, TCP, UDP, IP multicast, Wireless LAN, VLAN protocols, SIP, SSL),
  • Networking tools (tcpdump, netstat, ping, traceroute),
  • and developing network applications (Client/Server, P2P) using Socket interface.
Additionally, the course covers the following topics in greater technical depth than a basic networking course:
VLAN, Wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n), fundamentals of Cryptography and network Security protocols (SSL, PGP, etc, Multicast routing and Higher level protocols (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP, IMAP, DNS, VoIP with SIP and H.323 protocol suites).

Module Theme: "Build, Configure and Observe the Protocols in Action and Develop Applications with the Protocols"


Prerequisites: EE3204 - Computer Communication Networks I

If you are an exchange student, you must have basic knowledge of computer networks like Local Area Networks, Ethernet, Wireless Networks, IP addressing, basic principles of IP routing, ICMP, ARP, DHCP, TCP and UDP.

Pre-Clusions: CS2105 Introduction to Computer Networks, CS3103 Computer Networks & Protocols and CS3103L Computer Networks Laboratory

Modular Credits: 3.0 MC


Weekly Lectures followed by Laboratory sessions are planned for this course.

Lectures: Lectures are designed to impart necessary theoretical knowledge required to do the lab experiments.

Labs: Weekly Laboratory sessions with periodic briefing spread out throughout the course. Students will be given a quiz to assess their knowledge on the topic and preparedness before they start each experiment.

There is  NO webcast or podcast for this course. For make-up lectures (if any), we may arrange for webcast.

Solutions/Answers for the Quiz questions will NOT be published/given. You should find the answers by doing the experiment and/or discussing with the tutors after receiving the graded quiz papers. You are also encouraged to use the ivle-forum to discuss the answers with your classmates.

CLASS TIME TABLE (LECTURE) *****  STARTS FROM WEEK 1   (First Class ON: 13 Jan 2012)
1 FRIDAY 2.00pm 3.00pm COM1/B02 BHOJAN ANAND 


CLASS TIME TABLE (LAB SESSIONS) *****  STARTS FROM WEEK 3   (First Lab Session ON: 27 Jan 2012) 
1 FRIDAY 3.00pm 4.00pm COM1/B02  


Week # Experiment Remarks
Week 1 No LAB
Lecture: Introduction, An example of TCP/IP protocols,  IP Addressing
Week 2 No LAB
Lecture:  ARP, DCHP, VLAN
Week 3  Experiment 1: Wireshark (Ethereal) and Internet Address Configuration
Lecture: DNS
Week 4 Experiment 2: Configure DHCP and VLAN
Lecture: Client/Server Application Developement
Week 5 Experiment 3: Domain Name System
Lecture: Socket Programming- Demo
Assignment 1 out
Week 6 Experiment 4: Wireless Protocol  [Quiz: Post lab quiz]
Lecture: Wireless Protocol and 802.11a/b/g 
Mid term Break 
Week 7 Assignment 1: Demo and Interview
Lecture: Introduction to Application Layer Protocols                   

ASSIGNMENT 1 - Submission, Demo and Interview

Week 8 (eLearning) Application Layer Protocols & Demo (HTTP, FTP, SMTP) -eLearning (No face to face lecture and LAB)  Assignment 2 out
Week 9 Experiment 6: Basic Router Configuration using CISCO Routers (Static Routing) and RIP Protocol
Lecture: Multimedia and SIP
Week 10 Experiment 8: TCP and its performance 
Lecture: Internet Security 
[and, <Optional> Home Work: SSL Experiment]   
Week 11 Experiment 9: VoIP with SIP  
No Lecture, Only lab session from 3-5pm.
ASSIGNMENT 2 - Submission
Week 12
Assignment 2: Demo and Interview   [Any time during the week]. [No lab/lecture session on FRIDAY due to public holiday] Assignment 2: Demo and Interview    

Week 13
Test Week (End-of-Module Test)

Experiment 10: Multicast Protocols [Quiz: Post lab quiz]
Lecture: Multicast Protocols 

 Test [Please see below for date, time and venue]


6.00 PM - 7.00 PM

Programming LAB 1 & 4
COM1-B-12 and COM1-B-11
(Main Venue: COM1-B-12)
Please come to main venue.

Online Quiz-

30 minutes
* As the test is conducted online, punctuality is very very important.


Lab Etiquettes:


Laboratory meets 10 sessions of 2 hours each.  Please see the lab schedule for details.
Laboratory groups For all the experiments, students in each lab session are to work as groups of 2. Each group of student will be assigned a group number within their session.
Laboratory location COM1-B-02 (Data Comm Lab 3) 
Laboratory registration Each student should register for lab session individually using the On-line registration system.
Laboratory policy Attendance, punctuality, preparedness and discipline are very important ingredients for working in the CS3103 lab. 

NO MAKEUP LAB SESSIONS WILL BE ENTERTAINED. In case you miss a lab for a valid reason, you must join in the same week with another group after taking permission from the lab instructor. 

Late comers policy Late comers to the lab will be penalized as follows: 
15 mins       20% off the lab weightage for that expt
30 mins       50% off the lab weightage for that expt 
45 mins       No credit for that  lab experiment. 
Cheating Policy Students are encouraged to discuss their lab experiment and results with others. However, the lab questionnaire which is turned in must have been produced by the student group themselves. If any cheating in way of copying is noticed, no credit may be given for the submission. 

Note that bringing past year questionnaires into the laboratory is also considered as cheating. 

Lab Questionnaire We have observed in the past that many student groups spend a lot of time in capturing screen to produce a cosmetically good looking report, without spending enough time to understand the basics of networking. Students seem  to work towards the goal of writing a beautiful report. This really defeats the purpose of having lab sessions, where we expect students to explore new ways of connecting, try new options with network commands, etc. 

Instead of writing a lab report for each experiment, a lab questionnaire containing simple questions relevant to the experiment is given. All groups must answer the questions during the lab session itself and return the questionnaire before leaving the lab.  

Pre-Lab Quiz

There will be a 15 minutes quiz before each lab session that would examine the student's understanding of the topic and preparedness to do the experiment independently.  It is closed book quiz.


The syllabus comprises of:Hands-on experiments relating to,

  1. Wireshark (Ethereal) and Static IP Addresses
  2. Configure DHCP and VLAN
  3. ICMP
  4. Wireless Protocol
  5. Basic Router Configuration using CISCO Routers (Static Routing) and RIP Protocol
  6. Network Setup using CISCO Routers and OSPF Protocol, Basic Firewall setup
  7. Multicast Protocols
  8. TCP and its performance, SSL
  9. Domain Name System  
  10. VoIP with SIP   
Note: It is NOT in order. For the weekly order of experiments, please refer to 'weekly schedule' given above.


Assessment comprises of attendance, observation on student's participation, weekly-quiz, lab sheet (contains set of simple questions relevent to each lab) and test.

Lab Sheet / Questionnaire * 40
Pre-lab Quiz 16
Assignment 12 (a1) + 4 (a2)
Test 28

* Please refer to 'Late comers policy' under 'Synopsis' column.

  • Lecture/Class: 1 hr per week
  • Laboratory: 2 hrs per week
  • Assignment: 2 hrs per week
  • Preparatory work: 2 hrs per week



CG3204L Pre-Lab Readings (Weekly)

Note: It is NOT in order. For the weekly order of experiments, please refer to 'weekly schedule' at the ivle->course homepage (if you are accessing this from ivle, then 'weekly schedule' should be in the beginning of this page).

Sl # Topic Readings/Resources 
1 Wireshark (Ethereal) and Internet Address Configuration
2 Configure DHCP and VLAN
  • ICMP Message Types
    Stevens - Section 6.1 & 6.2 
  • ICMP Echo Request/Reply 
    Stevens - Section 7.2 Ping Program
  • ICMP Time Exceeded, ICMP Port Unreachable
    Stevens - Section 8.2 & 8.3
  • ICMP Host and Network Unreachable
    Stevens - Section 9.3
  • ICMP Redirect
    Stevens - Section 9.5
  • ICMP
    Forouzan Secion 9.2 & 9.3
  • ICMP
    Kurose & Ross - Section 4.4.3
4 Wireless Protocol [and, HW: SSL Experiment]
5 Basic Router Configuration using CISCO Routers (Static Routing) and  RIP Protocol
  • Stevens - Sections 10.4 (RIP), 10.5(RIP v2)
  • IBM RedBook - Section 5.3 (RIP), 4.4 (RIP v2)
  • Forouzan - Secion 11.3 & 11.4
  • CISCO IOS  Command Reference (IOS is the operating system in CISCO switches and routers)
Network Setup using CISCO Routers and OSPF Protocol, Basic Firewall setup
7 TCP and its performance
  • TCP Header Format
    Stevens - Section 17.3
  • Connection Establishment
    Stevens - Sections 18.2, 18.3, 18.5
  • Half-Close, Reset
    Stevens - Sections 18.5, 18.7
  • Congestion Avoidance Algorithm (AIMD)
    Stevens - Section 21.6, IBM RedBook Section 4.3.3
  • Fast Retransmit and Fast Recovery Algorithms
    Stevens - Section 21.7, IBM RedBook Section 4.3.3 
  • Forouzan - Sections 15.2-15.9 
Domain Name System
  • DNS & DDNS - IBM RedBook Secion 12.1, 12.2
  • Stevens - Sections 14.1-14.9
  • Forouzan - Sections 19.2-19.6
  • Kurose & Ross - Section 2.5

VoIP with SIP

  • Voice Over IP
    Forouzan - Section 25.9 : SIP, H.323
    Forouzan - Section 25.7 : RTP
10 Multicast Protocol


Supplementary (Text Books):-

         TCP/IP Tutorial and Technical Overview (HTML, PDF)  A.Rodriguez, J. Gatrell, J. Karas, R.Peschke, IBM Redbook


  1. Network Sorcery
  2. GNU Zebra Manual
  3. Full Standard RFCs
  4. All RFCs
  5. FreeBSD Man Pages
  6. Openswan - a Linux implementation of IPsec

Learning Outcomes | Prerequisites | Teaching Modes | Schedule | Synopsis | Syllabus | Assessment | Workload | Pre-Lab Readings | References