Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2286

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

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

EEET2286

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018

EEET2287

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

EEET2287

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr. Shuo Li

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3768

Course Coordinator Email: shuo.li2@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have knowledge of fundamental network engineering principles and mathematics fundamentals.

You should have taken at least an undergraduate-level networking course (EEET2290/EEET2291 or equivalent). This is not an enforced pre-requisite.


Course Description

This course provides you with an advanced knowledge of Network Engineering that focuses on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). After completing this course, you should be able to describe and evaluate the operations of BGP and MPLS networks. Further, you will be able to understand, guide and perform setting up and configuration of some MPLS and services architecture related networking equipment.

Lab work includes setting up and configuration of some MPLS related, state of the art, industry-standard networking devices. 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes for for BH107CNHDD Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Mgt):

     1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
     2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
     2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC234 - Master of Engineering (Telecommunication and Network Engineering):

  • High levels of technical competence in the field.
  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Describe and evaluate the operations of BGP and MPLS networks.

CLO2: Describe MPLS traffic engineering behaviour.

CLO3: Evaluate, select, setup and configure state of the art industry-standard IP networking devices such as routers for optimal operation using BGP and MPLS.

CLO4: Evaluate and select BGP and MPLS networking devices for optimal performance and economy. 


Overview of Learning Activities

In the lectures, you will engage in a discussion with the lecturer on the advanced networking engineering topics as listed below:

  • BGP concepts and principles
  • Introduction and fundamentals of MPLS
  • Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  • Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Routing Table Integration
  • Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF)
  • Traffic Protection
  • Fate Sharing
  • Miscellaneous MPLS Features

During the labs, you will remotely login to state of the art, industry-standard Junos networking devices to perform required setting-up and configurations. At the completion of each lab, you are required to finish a short quiz based on the lab activities.

During the lectures, you will be organised in groups for performing exercises or short quizzes based on relevant topics covered in the lectures.

After the lectures, you are required to finish some on-line short quizzes based on relevant topics covered in the lectures.


Overview of Learning Resources

Current research literature, laboratory manuals and bespoke resources will be used as required and as appropriate, given the wide variety of material and references.

Prescribed References:

Junos learning material on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) along with the lab guidelines will be provided through RMIT's online systems.


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

Assessment will be based on both individual and collaborative performance of requisite laboratory tasks and their subsequent write-up. These will cover investigation, analysis, synthesis and reporting of various manifestations of Junos Scalable Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

You will also be required to participate in class activities like exercises or short quizzes based on relevant topics covered in the lectures. You will scope a potential research question for further study based on your immersion experience.

You will also be required to give a written test and final exam.

 

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory performance and reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment is group-based learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO3.

 

Assessment Task 2: Class activities
Weighting 10%
This assessment is group-based learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO1 and CLO2.

 

Assessment Task 3: Test (mid semester)
Weighting 20%
This is an individual learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO1, CLO2, and CLO4.

 

Assessment Task 4: Final Exam (end semester)
Weighting 40%
This is an individual learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO4.