ele5nde network design exercise




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

A number of network design scenarios will be simulated using Opnet design software by students undertaking this subject. Scenarios are designed to help students understand the concepts of planning and design of communication networks. The scenarios start with a single site with a single local area network (LAN) and progress through to complex WAN configurations. The simulations will be run under controlled conditions, i.e. with specific data and collision rates. This will help the students relate the simulated results to the theoretical expectations. Students will finally build hardware implementations of their networks with ISDN and TCP/IP networks.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE4NET


Incompatible subjects ELE5NSD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsComputer NetworksRecommendedTanenbaum, Andrew.4TH EDITION, PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsISDN and Broadband ISDN with Frame Relay and ATMRecommendedStallings, William3RD EDITION, PRENTICE HALL, 1995
ReadingsData and Computer CommunicationsPreliminaryStallings, W.9TH EDITION 2010, PRENTICE HALL, ISBN: 0-13-183311-1

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe the fundamentals and applications of various network technologies.

Lectures equip students with fundamentals of the technologies used in that week's lab. Lab exercises quires student understanding.

02. Characterise network hardware and traffic flows

Labs use packet capture software to instruct students on characterising real traffic flows and underlying networks

03. Analyse the basics of modeling and the limitations of a simulation environment.

Lab exercises demonstrates the differences between the results obtained from a discrete event simulation and that of real world

04. Apply modeling tools in the design/analysis/R&D of a computer network.

Students are given a real world scenario as design exercise which requires application of skills aquired in the labs

05. Create custom models that address the design challenges at hand

Students when dealing with real world scenarios have to model their own application models to model traffic generations and at times model their own network technologies and protocols to successfully complete the design exercise.

06. Identify and negotiate tasks which are parts of a project to be a successful team player.

Students work in teams and assign different tasks based on individual's expertise in a particular skill such as coding, data collection, data analysis, pricing etc

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
laboratory reports of approximately 3,000 words3001, 02, 03
one 2-hour examination3001, 02, 03
one 4,000-word design reportHurdle requirement: In order to pass the subject students must obtain an overall pass grade and pass the examination.3004, 05, 06