CS Unplugged: Field guide: Network Communication Protocols

An online resource for teaching Computer Science to students, this chapter focusses on Network Communication Protocols. This chapter introduces some concepts, algorithms, techniques, applications and problems that relate to network protocols.

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Year band(s) 7-8, 9-10
Format Web page
Core and overarching concepts Digital systems
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies code(s)

Explain how hardware specifications affect performance and select appropriate hardware for particular tasks and workloads


Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired and wireless networks including the internet


Investigate how hardware and software manage, control and secure access to data in networked digital systems


Represent documents online as content (text), structure (markup) and presentation (styling) and explain why such representations are important

Keywords Networks, Protocols, HTTP, TCP, Internet Relay Chat, IRC, UDP, Transmission Control Protocol, User Datagram Protocol

University of Canterbury, New Zealand


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