Advanced Network Applications

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Network Applications

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENGR 123 or MATH 161, NWEN 243; NWEN 241 or COMP 261 or SWEN 221

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces algorithms for networked and distributed systems. Specific emphasis will be placed on security, application layer protocols and distributed algorithms. Application layer protocols studied include, the DNS, Mail protocols, plus current XML based protocols such as SOAP. Distributed algorithms include scheduling, logical clocks and distributed versions of mutual exclusion, concurrency control and deadlock handling. Topics in security include cryptographic techniques such as RSA, secret sharing and authentication protocols.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of the course, students should be able to:
    1. Explain the application of techniques such as authentication, confidentiality, authorisation, caching, replication, consistency and transactions in engineering scalable and reliable networked and distributed applications (GA 3(a), 3(e)).
    2. Be able to analyse the security, scalability and fault tolerance of networked and distributed applications using a mix of mathematical and empirical methods (GA 3(b), 3(c), 3(d), 3(e))
    3. Explain the responsibilities of developers of networked and distributed applications with respect to social, cultural and environmental issues and include these aspects in the evaluation of the final group project (GA 1(a)).
    4. Be able to use web application development frameworks and middleware technologies to build, deploy and test web applications on a cloud computing infrastructure (GA 3(f)).
    5. Be able to work in a team to design, develop and evaluate networked and distributed applications (GA 2(a)).
    6. Present explanations in written and oral form (GA 2(b)).

    4 Technical Reports 40%
    Individual programming project -- building an online todo list application 20%
    Project progress presentation 2%
    Project interview (with weekly progress logs) 23%
    Group project presentation and demonstration 15%

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