Course Title: Advanced Computer Network Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Computer Network Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Professor Andrew Jennings

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5307

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus, B87.2.8

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are expected to have knowledge of communication and network engineering principles and mathematics fundamentals.

Course Description

The course provides students with advanced digital network concepts and principles. The course introduces students to internetworking, routing and network management. Students are provided with an opportunity to design and implement a network, network management and information routing throughout the network.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In gernal, this course should help you with the following capabilities.

Capabilities that will be achieved include understanding multi-layer networks, an introduction to network management and information routing throughout the network. Students will gain an understanding of the protocols used throughout the network and how the protocols are designed to achieve different tasks.

Capability development includes gaining an understanding of network engineering principles for network, system and service management.

Dimensions of Capability vs Skills/Knowledge Capabilities

Technical competence Ability to apply knowledge of Advanced Network Engineering including design, routing, management, security and performance and ability to understand and use industry standard tools used.

Problem solving and decision-making Ability to formulate and solve problems creatively, especially in network design, routing, management, security and performance.

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.

The course objectives are to provide the student with knowledge of advanced network engineering concepts and techniques. The learning outcomes include understanding the principles for implementing a multi layer network, management systems for the network and routing of information throughout the network.

Students are introduced to the concepts of network design, management, security, and performance.

Digital networks may be small or large, single or multi-layered, private or public. The learning outcomes include gaining an understanding of the different types of networks and their use.

Network security is introduced so that students are able to identify the sources of threat and the points on a network where security is implemented.

Network engineering principles include optimising performance through selection of equipment, interconnections, information services and priority. Students are provided with an introduction to performance optimisation in digital networks.

Overview of Learning Activities

At the end of this course you will be able to:

Describe the key data link layer issues and some data link protocols.
Implement a simple data link protocol.
Describe the key functions of the Network, Transport and Application layers for TCP/IP, and the main protocols for each layer.
Describe the operation of IP routers and the main routing protocols.
Describe the operation of TCP to provide reliable transmission and congestion control.
Implement a simple application layer protocol for a client/server application.
Describe how TCP/IP supports: multicasting; private network connections; real-time services; security and firewalls.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes available at

Recommended reading-reference books in RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks consist of:
• Lab Assignments: 50% of the total mark of the course.
• Examination: 50% of the total mark of the course.