Courses in Networks and Communication Systems

IEMS5700 Computer Networks

Overview of the OSI reference model; local area network; internetworking components (switches, bridges, routers, etc.); Internet protocols; socket interface; presentation and application protocols; network administration and management; network security; network system case studies.

Further description:
This course provides a fundamental overview on computer networks, including the OSI and the TCP/IP protocol suites reference models, local area network, internetworking components (switches, bridges, routers, etc), Internet Protocols, TCP and UDP, socket interface, presentation and application protocols, network administration and management, network security, and network system case studies.


IEMS5701 Wireless Communication Systems

Physical characteristics of radio channels, cellular coverage, noise and interferences; radio modem technologies; channel assignment by frequency, time, or code division; handoffs and mobility management; wide area wireless network case studies: GSM and 3G; local area wireless network case studies: IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.15; principles of satellite communications, introduction to GPS system. (Not for students who have taken IERG4100)Physical characteristics of radio channels, cellular coverage, noise and interferences; radio modem technologies; channel assignment by frequency, time, or code division; handoffs and mobility management; wide area wireless network case studies: GSM and 3G; local area wireless network case studies: IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.15; principles of satellite communications, introduction to GPS system.
* Not for students who have taken IERG4100


IEMS5705 Optical Communication and Lightwave Networks

Optical fiber and transmission characteristics, optical sources (lasers and light-emitting diodes) and transmitters, photodetectors and optical receivers, optical passive and active components: couplers, filters, switches, modulators, EDFA and Raman amplifiers, etc., optical system design, lightwave systems and networks: undersea systems, optical multi-access network design, SONET/SDH, fiber-in-the-loop, passive optical networks, optical network management.
* Not for students who have taken IERG4030


IEMS5710 Cryptography, Information Security & Privacy

This course aims to enhance students’ knowledge in cryptography as well as information security and privacy, in both theoretical and practical ways. The course introduces cryptography at an elementary level, enabling students to appreciate on its application to information security and privacy. Daily applications of cryptography will be discussed, including digital certificate and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Digital Right Management (DRM), steganography and e-cash. Security of mobile and wireless systems will also be discussed.
* Not for students who have taken IERG4130

Further description:
This course emphasizes both theoretical and practical aspects of cryptography, information security and privacy. In particular, security experts are invited to share their first hand knowledge and practices in information security assurance and information security governance, policies, and management. Fundamental concepts in Cryptography are also covered in this course so as to help students preparing for professional examinations.


IEMS5715 Advanced Network Protocols and Systems

Selected topics on advanced Internet protocols, applications and systems. Case studies on topics such as MPLS, VPN, VoIP, 3G/4G, P2P networking, IETF processes, or recent trends in industry.

Further description:
This course covers selected topics on advanced Internet protocols, applications and systems. Case studies will be examined including those about MPLS, VoIP, 3G/4G, P2P networking, IETF processes, or recent trends in industry.


IEMS5717 Emerging Communication Technologies

The course covers the principles and applications of various emerging communication technologies to support the current high-capacity and flexible telecommunication networks.  The topics include telecommunication network infrastructures, advanced optical fiber and wireless transmission techniques, network control and management,and smart applications.  The current topics include optical transport networks,wireless LTE, software-defined networking, fiber-wireless systems, enabling technology for Internet of Things, etc.  The topics will vary from year to year.


IEMS5721 Broadband Access Technologies

The course aims to introduce various advanced wireline (copper wire and optical fiber) and wireless communication technologies to realize first-mile broadband access for video and data services. The wireline technologies include hybrid fiber coax (HFC), digital subscriber line (DSL), data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS), passive optical network (PON) and fiber-to-the-home/premise (FTTH / FTTP), and broadband over powerline (BPL). The wireless technologies include multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS), local multipoint distribution service (LMDS), wireless local loop (WLL), WiFi and WiMAX, free-space-optics (FSO), and ultrawideband (UWB). Radio frequency identification (RFID) technique and applications. Fixed / mobile convergence access networks. Enabling technologies and network applications for home networks. Cases studies.