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COMP5416: Advanced Network Technologies (2018 - Semester 2)

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Unit: COMP5416: Advanced Network Technologies (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Information Technologies
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bao, Wei
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The unit introduces networking concepts beyond the best effort service of the core TCP/IP protocol suite. Understanding of the fundamental issues in building an integrated multi-service network for global Internet services, taking into account service objectives, application characteristics and needs and network mechanisms will be discussed. Enables students to understand the core issues and be aware of proposed solutions so they can actively follow and participate in the development of the Internet beyond the basic bit transport service.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3506 OR ELEC9506 OR ELEC5740 OR COMP5116.
Tutor/s: Pooyan Asgari
Timetable: COMP5416 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 8.00 1 13
2 Lecture 2.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Lecture

Tutorial / Laboratory

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Design of discrete event simulations from given spec sheets, the creativity process involved in translating system aspects to simulation environments. Design (Level 4)
An ability to plan for and execute the implementation of telecom systems to meet QoS requirements and service level agreements Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
An experience working with statistics and probability distributions. In-depth understanding of the message and time complexity of communication algorithms. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Ability to analyse system requirements and to dimension systems to meet the requirements. The ability to translate theoretic ability to practical application. Professional Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5)
1. Understanding of the need for QoS management, philosophies applied to different standards today and system solutions
2. Ability to analyse the transmission behaviour in terms of throughput and latency. Understanding of differences introduced with general congestion control.
3. Understanding of current frameworks and standards families for QoS implmentation and realisation of queuing management.
4. Ability to construct networks, calculate performance metrics and dimension according to specification
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
5. Understanding of statistical concepts, probability distributions and the other theory underpinning the area of distributed systems.
6. Ability to implement network protocols from scratch according to a given specification to carry out on a network of computers.
7. Ability to analyse the results of simulation and experimental studies and to appreciate the relative merit/accuracy of obtained results
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 10.00 Week 5 6, 7,
2 Quiz No 10.00 Week 8 2,
3 Assignment No 20.00 Week 12 4,
4 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Programming Assignment 1

Quiz: Online Quiz

Assignment: Programming Assignment 2

Final Exam: Written Examination
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Information Technologies that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of IT may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Computer Networks, a top-Down Approach
Note on Resources: Textbook website: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/kurose-ross/

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Application layer 1
Week 3 Application layer 2
Week 4 Transport layer
Week 5 The Network Layer
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 6 The Link Layer
Week 7 Congestion Control in Data Networks and Internets
Week 8 Wirless and mobile networks
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 9 Multimedia networking
Week 10 Security in computer networks 1
Week 11 Security in computer networks 2
Week 12 Network management
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 13 Summary and review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Commerce 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computational Data Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computer Science Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Information Systems Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Software Development) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2014 2013, 2014
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws 2015, 2016, 2017
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Computing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 5) Yes 89.99%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 10%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.