Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


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

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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Karina Gomez Chavez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2090

Course Coordinator Email: karina.gomezchavez@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.12

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. In addition, at successful completion, you will be en route to sit for some Alcatel-Lucent industry exams leading to their Network Routing Specialist certifications.


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:

  1. Evaluate, select, setup and configure state of the art industry-standard IP networking devices such as routers for optimal operation using BGP and MPLS.
  2. Evaluate, select and configure appropriate BGP and MPLS protocols for networking devices and their secure and specific operations.
  3. Evaluate and select BGP and MPLS networking devices for optimal performance and economy.
  4. Complete some Alcatel-Lucent industry exams leading to Network Routing Specialist (NRS I and NRS II) certifications.

     


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
  • Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering
  • MPLS Resiliency

During the labs, you will remotely login to state of the art, industry-standard Alcatel-Lucent networking devices to perform required setting-up and configurations. At the completion of each lab each week, you are required to write a brief reflective summary of the lab activities and their significance.

During the lectures, you will be organized in groups for performing exercises or 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:
Alcatel Lucent 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 (Leaning & 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 Alcatel-Lucent Scalable IP Networks (ASIN) and Interior Routing Protocols (AIRP).

You will also be required to participate in group 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 CLO1 and CLO2.

Assessment Task 2: Group class activities
Weighting 10%
This assessment is group-based learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO3.

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

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