COMPGW01  Complex Networks and Web
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Code  COMPGW01 (Also taught as: COMPM042) 

Year  MSc 
Prerequisites  Normally offered only to students in computer science related programmes because programming skills are required for the coursework project. 
Term  1 
Taught By  Shi Zhou (100%) 
Aims  This module introduces the fundamental concepts, principles and methods in the interdisciplinary academic field of network science, with a particular focus on the Internet, the World Wide Web and online social media networks. Topics covered include graphic structures of networks, mathematical models of networks, the Internet topology, structure of the Web, community structures, epidemic spreading, PageRank, temporal networks and spatial networks. 
Learning Outcomes  On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

Content
Network science
Complex networks
Network graphic metrics
Random networks
Smallworld networks
Scalefree networks
Network mathematical models
Network structural constraints
Network centrality measures
Temporal networks
Spatial networks
Network visualisation
Communication and information networks
Internet core structure – evolution and modelling
Structure of the Web – PageRank and document networks
Online social media networks  Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, …
Network functions and behaviours
“Rich gets richer” phenomenon
Link, neighbourhood and community
Cascades and epidemics
Network structure balance
Sentimental, temporal and spatial analysis of social media networks
Method of Delivery
A Moodle webpage is created for the course. All course materials, such as lecture notes and online resources will be shared. By using the Moodle, students will also be able to discuss ideas and questions with the lecturer and other students.
In the second half of the term, there will be a weekly onehour lab/tutorial session, where the lecturer and/or a teaching assistant will discuss questions with students.
Assessment
The module has the following assessment components:
 Unseen written examination (2.5 hour, 70%)
 Course project (30%)
To pass this module, students must:
 Obtain an overall pass mark of 50% for all components combined.
(The Course Project consists of an individual project on network data analysis (programming is usually required), and a project report (3000 words), including literature survey, which is due by the end of the Winter Holidays.)
Resources
D. Easley and J. Kleinberg. Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning About a Highly Connected World, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
M. E. J. Newman. Networks: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2010.
S. N. Dorogovtsev. Lectures on Complex Networks, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Other books for interest:
D. J. Watts. Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness, Princeton University Press, 1999
M. Dodge and R. Kitchin. Atlas of Cyberspace, Pearson Education, 2001.
S. N. Dorogovtsev and J. F. F. Mendes. Evolution of Networks: From Biological Nets to the Internet and WWW, Oxford University Press, 2003.
M. Mitchell. Complexity: A Guided Tour, Oxford University Press, 2009.