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CSC8415 Computer Network Programming

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Zhongwei Zhang
Moderator: Hua Wang


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCOP or MPIT or MCOT or MCTE or MSBI or MSSC or MENC or MEPR or MENS or METC or MSST.


Programming using TCP/UDP transport layer interface is the base for developing all network software and applications. This course addresses the programming with TCP/UDP interface for client-server network applications on the Internet.


This course addresses development of network applications and software on the Internet. It covers both the TCP/UDP transport layer programming interface and the methodology of design and implementation of real client-server network applications. Upon completion of this course, students will have a good understanding of the TCP/UDP network programming interface and be able to develop non-trivial robust client-server network applications on the Internet. The topics include: Socket address, Elementary TCP and UDP sockets, Design and implementation of TFTP, Daemon processes and inetd superserver, Reliable UDP communication and Multicasting.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand the TCP/UDP network programming interface;
  2. understand the methodology of design and implementation of client-server network applications;
  3. develop non-trivial and robust network applications.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Elementary TCP and UDP
1.1 Introduction to TCP/UDP (8%)
1.2 Sockets Introduction (8%)
1.3 Elementary TCP Sockets (8%)
1.4 TCP Client-Server Example (13%)
1.5 Elementary UDP Sockets (13%)
2. Advanced Topics
2.1 Daemon Processes and inetd Superserver (15%)
2.2 Advanced UDP Sockets (15%)
2.3 Stream Control Transmission Protocol programming (30%)

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Introductory Book 2013, Course CSC8415 Computer Network Programming, USQ Distance and e-Learning Centre, Toowoomba.
  • Stevens, WR, Fenner, B & Rudoff, A 2004, UNIX network programming, The sockets networking API, 3rd edn, Addison-Wesley, Boston, MA.
    (Vol 1.)
  • Study Book 2013, Course CSC8415 Computer Network Programming, USQ Distance and e-Learning Centre, Toowoomba.
  • This course requires UNIX/LINUX environment.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Peterson, LL & Davie, BS 2003, Computer networks: a system approach, 3rd edn, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, San Francisco, California.
  • Stevens, WR & Rago, SA 2005, Advanced programming in the UNIX(R) environment, 2nd edn, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 29 Aug 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 24 Oct 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to USQConnect for this course.