Using OPNET to Enhance Student Learning in a Data Communication Course

Michael W. Dixon, Terry W. Koziniec
InSITE 2002  •  Volume 2  •  2002
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 OPNETO a software environment for modelling, simulating, and analyzing the performance of communications networks. This mode of teaching enabled students to gain experience solving real world data communications problems without requiring the University to invest heavily in communications hardware and software which would quickly become obsolete.
Data communications, discrete network simulation
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