The University of Western Australia
Computer Science and Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

CITS3002 Computer Networks

Textbook information

While this unit has no required textbook, students undertaking CITS3002 may wish to purchase or read one or more books to provide an overview of many networking concepts.

This webpage presents links to a selection of recommended networking text- and reference books that I have read and consider to provide a solid treatment of many of the topics examined in this unit. If you're considering one or more of these books, you're welcome to borrow my copy for a short time (subject to demand). You may like to read a review of any book you are considering.

Paperback editions, international editions, and eBooks, are all quite suitable.

A great book price+shipping comparison website:

Some introductory textbooks on Computer Networking

Kurose and Ross, 7th ed.
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7/e
Kurose, James and Ross, Keith
Pearson, Copyright 2017,
864 pp., ISBN: 9780133594140

Tanenbaum, 5th ed. Computer Networks, 5/e
Andrew S. Tanenbaum, and David J. Wetherall,
Pearson, Copyright 2011,
960pp, ISBN: 0132126958.

Used as a textbook at UWA in recent years.
Unfortunately there is no newer edition of this textbook. It still provides highly-reviewed coverage of networking fundamentals, but does not provide examples or case-studies of newer technologies.

Comer, 6th ed.
Computer Networks and Internets, with Internet Applications, 6/e
Douglas E. Comer, Purdue University
Prentice-Hall, Copyright 2015,
672 pp., ISBN 9780133587937

5th ed. used as a textbook at UWA in recent years.


Chris McDonald.
February 2020.

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