Introduction to Digital Technologies II
Full course description
This course builds on ‘Introduction to Digital Technologies I’ (DSO1503), and extends its perspective to include the basics of computer-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, the development of the ARPANET and then the internet, and the biggest distributed system ever created - the World Wide Web. You will learn about the different Web generations, social media and social networking, crowdsourcing, cyber security and cyber-attacks.
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 OSI model layers and the four TCP/IP model layers;
- 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.