Course Title: Network Design and Switching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Design and Switching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Prof. Andrew Jennings

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5307

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 87.2.08

Course Coordinator Availability: shown on rmit online

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are expected to have knowledge of communication and engineering principles, mathematics fundamentals and TCP/IP. Some familiarity with queuing theory helpful. 

Course Description

The course provides students with an  understanding of digital network design and switching. The course focuses on network design and switching systems used in packet switching networks. The learning activities include gaining an understanding of backbone network connection, core routers and interconnection between telecommunication and service provider networks. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Generally the capabilities that you will learn, develop and exercise are:
• Dimensions of Capability - Skills/Knowledge Capabilities
• Technical competence Ability to apply knowledge of digital network switching and transmission, network performance and operation and ability to understand and use industry standard tools used.
• Problem solving and decision-making Ability to formulate and solve network design and switching problems creatively.
• 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 digital network switching and transmission design. These objectives will be achieved by providing students with an understanding of various types of technologies used by telecommunication companies and service provider networks that form the basis of the backbone network. Students will be provide with the necessary knowledge to examine the network design principles and concepts that are used to implemented networks by taking into account commercial realities and practices.
Student capability development includes gaining an understanding of the factors associated with the provision of network services, including an understanding of how network switching and transmission design can impact on the operation of the network.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include:
• Weekly lectures to guide you to important concepts.
• Laboratory work to help you connect theory with practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources and reading guide are available on the course website at

Overview of Assessment

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