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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



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.

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