After studying this course, you should be able to:
evaluate technical descriptions of communication protocols and demonstrate an understanding of their operation
describe the characteristics of circuit-switched and packet-switched networks, and of connectionless and connection-oriented modes in packet-switched networks
describe the role played by primitives in the OSI reference model
explain how ‘vertical’ and ‘horizontal’ communication takes place in the OSI reference model
describe the main functions of the principal protocols in the TCP/IP architecture.