Introduction to Digital Technologies II
Full course description
This course builds on ‘Introduction to Digital Technologies 1’, and extends this to include the basics of networking. In this course we will explore the fundamentals and historical development of computer networking. The main aim of this course is to provide you with perspectives on computer networking, and the inter-relationships between technological and economic changes on the one hand, and social changes and changes in society on the other. We will start by understanding the key concepts of computer networking, move to reviewing the development of the internet and the World Wide Web, and then to discussing social media and network security.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of computer networks and the different components within them;
- Break down and illustrate the seven layers in the Open Systems Interconnection model;
- Summarize the historical development and usage of computer networking and the World Wide Web;
- Classify different generations of the Web, social media and crowdsourcing, and the different types of user-generated content;
- Describe the main concepts and issues in network security, the risks and different types of cyberattacks.
We strongly recommend that you have successfully completed DSO1503 Introduction to Digital Technologies 1 before starting this course. We will be building on material covered in DSO1503.
Ryan, J. (2010). A history of the internet and the digital future. London, UK: Reaktion Books.