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Using OPNET to enhance student learning in a Data Communications course

Dixon, M. and Koziniec, T. (2002) Using OPNET to enhance student learning in a Data Communications course. In: Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference (InSITE) 2002, 19 - 21 June 2002, Cork, Ireland

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Abstract

It is difficult to teach data communications because it involves complex, dynamic processes which are not visible to students and are hard for them to conceptualise. This paper describes a project to improve the learning of students enrolled in the data communications courses. In this project the traditional mode of teaching data communications was supplemented by a problem solving approach using OPNET® a soft- ware environment for modelling, simulating, and analyzing the performance of communications net- works. This mode of teaching enabled students to gain experience solving real world data communica- tions problems without requiring the University to invest heavily in communications hardware and soft- ware which would quickly become obsolete.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
Conference Website: http://csweb.ucc.ie/is2002/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23721
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