Course Title: Network Management and Software Defined Networks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Management and Software Defined Networks

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2294

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

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

EEET2294

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

EEET2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

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

EEET2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Mr Song Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: TBA

Course Coordinator Email: song.wang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites:
There are no enforced pre-requisites. 

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities:
The knowledge and technical skills acquired from completing the courses EEET2368 - Network Fundamentals and Applications, and EEET2290/EEET2291 - Network Engineering, are expected in order to complete this course. 

You should have programming experience in C++. 

Programming experience in Python and experience with virtual machines and other virtual networking environments is desirable but not mandatory, especially to complete the laboratory exercises in this course. 

If you are in doubt as to the adequacy of your skills, please contact the lecturer. 


Course Description

This course is designed for telecommunications engineers working with telecommunications carriers and suppliers of hardware and software infrastructure that supports the provision of telecommunications services to clients.

This course introduces the pillar concepts of network management and Software Defined Networks (SDN) focusing in wired and wireless networks. The course also focuses on sdn as a new approach to designing, building and managing networks. SDN approaches are based on the concept of separating the network’s control and data plane to make it easier to optimize each one independently. In the SDN domain the functionalities of the network devices are not fixed therefore the network administrator can set it up using APPs.

To develop and test student’s scientific skills (conceptual and technical) you will observe and undertake experiments in SDN environments where you will benefit from briefings and feedback from supervising tutors.  


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  2. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  3. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  4. Acquire, investigate, analyse and synthesise information, concepts and theories relating to Network Management and SDN.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to future context of network management.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge software defined networking and its principles and applications, including network programmability and virtualization.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Describe the need for and issues associated with dealing with scale, complexity, reliability, extensibility, efficiency and sustainability of network management systems.

CLO2: Analyse a specific network management problem and apply concepts and issues learnt to design one or more aspects of a network management solution.

CLO3: Explain and use software defined network principles for the design of new generation of networks.

CLO4: Design and implement software defined network application on SDN-based networking devices.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course provides you with an introduction to network management and software defined networking principles and practice including innovations affecting network design and operation of network devices. In the lectures, you will engage in a discussion with the lecturer on the following topics:

  • Programming with Python for Networking
  • Review of Traditional Networks Architecture
  • Software Defined Network Architecture
  • Software Defined Network Controllers
  • Software Defined Network OpenFlow Protocol
  • Network Virtualization
  • Cellular Network Architecture
  • Network Management Maintenance Security
  • SNMP and TNM Protocols
  • Wireless Network Management

During the labs, you will use SDN-base controllers and network switches to perform required setting-up and configurations based on python and Linux systems. At the completion of each lab, you are required to write a brief reflective report of the lab activities and their significance.

During the lectures, you will be organised in groups for provide short presentation based on relevant topics of SDN.


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:

  • G. Chen, Q. Kong, "Integrated Telecommunication Management Solutions", IEEE Press, New York 2000
    SDN: Software Defined Networks, Thomas D. Nadeau, Ken Gray, O’Reilly Media, eBook ISBN 978-1-4493-4229-6

Recommended References:

  • Prof. Nick McKeown, Stanford: "How SDN will Shape Networking"
  • Prof. Scott Shenker, Berkeley: "An attempt to motivate and clarify Software-Defined Networking (SDN)"


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 Network Management and Software Defined Networks.
You will also be required to give a short group presentation 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 CLO4.

Assessment Task 2 Test (mid semester)
Weighting 20%
This is an individual learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO2 and CLO3.

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam (end semester)
Weighting 50%
This is an individual learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CL1, CLO2 and CLO3.