Course Title: Broadcast Networks and Applications

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Broadcast Networks and Applications

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COSC1233

City Campus

Postgraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

COSC1233

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

COSC1235

City Campus

Undergraduate

140H Computer Science & Information Technology

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

COSC1235

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Fengling Han

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3402

Course Coordinator Email: fengling.han@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisite: Data Communication and Net-centric Computing

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at Course requisites – 7.29.1.6: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c
 


Course Description

Computer networks have become a core part of information and communications technology, and are expected to gain even greater importance. This course is about advanced network applications and associate networking technologies. It is designed to help you integrate your knowledge of networking and computing to analyse and design effective platforms for network based advanced applications. Topics covered include fundamentals of broadcast networks, peer to peer computing and associate applications. You will develop your critical thinking skills in this course to the point where you are able to systematically analyse peer to peer to computing issues at a high level of theoretical abstraction and at the same time be able to apply this knowledge to real life peer to peer computing system design.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Development of student capabilities is an on-going process that takes place in all courses and over the period of the whole program. This course gives you the following learning outcomes and capabilities:

  • Knowledge about the concept of broadcast networks, history and motivation of peer to peer computing.
  • Understanding basics of unstructured peer to peer systems including centralized peer to peer networks, pure peer to peer networks and hybrid peer to peer networks.
  • Acquiring solid knowledge of structured peer to peer systems including self-organization dynamics of the peer to peer systems, load-balancing and reliability issues.
  • Ability to applying concepts of overlay networks to analyse and design advanced file distribution and searching algorithms, mainly in the context of structured peer to peer systems, e.g., distributed hash tables.
  • Capabilities of critical analysis of security issues of peer to peer computing systems and ability to address these issues.
  • Understanding popular applications of peer to peer systems: Voice over IP and Video Streaming.



Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities include:

  • Face-to-face lectures, to present new material and emphasize a basic understanding of principles and approaches;
  • Tutorial work, to review and reinforce material covered in lectures work;
  • Laboratory work, to familiarize you with peer to peer computing application software and implement various file archiving algorithms.

Attendance:
While a minimum attendance standard is not compulsory, non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in this course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.


Overview of Learning Resources

The lecturer will prescribe textbooks and recommend reference books for this course. You are also expected to read other material including documents, articles, and reference publications that will either be provided during the lecture, or through references during learning activities or through other course communication mechanisms such as course newsgroup.   

Use the RMIT Bookshop’s textbook list search page to find any recommended textbook(s).
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of:

  • Assignments on peer to peer computing performance evaluation
  • A written examination

Your capabilities to analyse and design peer to peer computing systems in a systematically way will be developed through this assessment.

For standard assessment details, including deadlines, weightings, and hurdle requirements relating to Computer Science and IT courses  see: http://www.rmit.edu.au/compsci/cgi