Course Title: Telecommunication Network Management and Security PG

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Telecommunication Network Management and Security PG

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET1562

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Jidong Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5306

Course Coordinator Email: jidong.wang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 87.02.06


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are expected to have knowledge of communication and network engineering principles, mathematics fundamentals and TCP/IP.


Course Description

T The course provides students with an introduction to Network Management and Security. The course considers existing networks and covers the Telecommunication Management Network Models (including the ITU’s TMN before moving onto the topic of security management.
In today’s distributed Networks, the Security Management aspects of Network Management are very important and you will devote some time to the study of this area. The study will cover the security concepts of Assets, Vulnerabilities, Controls, Threats and Security Attacks and a definition of the elements of secure networking. You will study  Identification and Authentication, Cryptography, Hash functions, Digital Signatures and Digital Certificates and be able to show how these technologies are used for the “verification” of the individual on the “other end” of a remote connection.
After covering the issue of authentication on Management networks the course will refocus you onto the various protocols that are used between Management stations and the resources to be managed. These protocols are SNMP and CMIP. The course will also look at CMIS which is a protocol used within a Management station or a Managed Resource.
You will study the physical basis for Managed Objects and be able to illustrate the Structure of Management Information via the use of ASN.1 for the definition of Managed Objects. You will complete this part of the course with a study of the Manager / Agent model and the development of programmer’s models of Management Networks. You will complete this section with a study of Management Protocols (SNMP in particular)
Process management is an integral part of Network Management. It involves both people and technology. Consequently, you will examine the application of ISO 9001 / 9002 and Continuous Improvement to Network Management practices and their relationship to cost.
You finish off the course by studying Fault Management in detail and examining aspects of Configuration Management and the Regulatory Environment (which controls the technical and legal aspects of running a Telecommunication Business in a country).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course objectives are to provide the student with knowledge of network management and security. The converged digital network provides challenges today. Network management of real time connection oriented services and non-real time connectionless services is an area of network engineering that requires an understanding of the principles and tools available for successful network operation.
The learning outcomes include students gaining knowledge of network management modelling, including the ITU’s TMN. Another learning outcome is for students to utilise a network management application to control the transmission of a service over a hierarchical network.
Student capability development includes students gaining an understanding ASN.1 and the structure of management information and SNMP, management protocols and the basis for device MIB information.
Students learn about fault management and aspects of configuration management for digital networks. Security management of digital networks is a focus and students learn how to configure devices and streams to provide a secure environment.
As you achieve these outcomes the capabilities that you will learn, develop and exercise are detailed in the table below.

Dimensions of Capability Skills/Knowledge Capabilities
Technical competence Ability to apply knowledge of network management, security including management systems and entities and methods for security management including use of industry tools.
Problem solving and decision-making Ability to formulate and solve problems creatively, especially in network management and security.
Systematic design approach Ability to formulate and implement software solutions using industry design techniques.
Communication
Ability to communicate effectively in writing (both verbally and graphically).
Lifelong learning Ability to undertake self-directed study.




Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures that provide guided learning of key topics.
Self paced learning using reference material as a guide.
Laboratory exercises to have hands on practice on real issues.

The mini project  to explore the frontier of an interested topic


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources and reading guide will be available on S drive


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks consist of:

Laboratory based assignments

Mini Project

Exam