Course Title: Undertake network traffic management

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6725C

Course Title: Undertake network traffic management

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6080 - Advanced Diploma of Telecommunications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kemps Cheng

Phone Number:  +61 3 99254691


Noor Sateh

Phone Number:  +61 3 99254013


Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no prerequisites

Course Description

This unit relates to the maximisation of all available network capacity in real time. This unit may apply to switching, transmission and radio (both fixed and mobile) network and the various transmission paths i.e. cable, optic fibre, radio, microwave and satellite. This unit applies to computer systems including Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICTTC043C Undertake network traffic management


1. Check availability of all installed network capacity

Performance Criteria:

Network alarms are interrogated to identify any areas of route/circuit unavailability.

Planned and unplanned outages are assessed to determine network unavailability and checks are made as to restoration times.


2. Detect network traffic problems

Performance Criteria:

System is interrogated to identify traffic status.

System alert is analysed to identify traffic problems both real and potential.

Controls are activated either automatically or manually and monitored where applicable.

Traffic measurement data is used to assist identify problems.

Customer complaints are analysed as appropriate.

Semi permanent controls active in the network are activated and deactivated on a regular basis.


3. Analyse traffic volumes

Performance Criteria:

Circuit allocation is measured in real time in accordance with specification.

Routes to be measured and the specific measurements to be undertaken are identified.

Traffic measurements are undertaken across all identified routes.

Measurement results including historical data is collected.

Results are analysed and conclusions reached.

Traffic patterns are established or updated as required.


4. Develop strategies to overcome network traffic problems

Performance Criteria:

All relevant data both current and historical is gathered and analysed.

Predetermined thresholds are established.

Loading/grading levels are determined.

Actions necessary to alter traffic flows are determined.

Funding parameters are sought and amendments to plans initiated to fit budgeted levels.

Liaison is established with other involved areas both within and without the enterprise.

Interim traffic controls are determined and allied prior to any action.

Strategies based on traffic analyses and patterns are developed to control traffic and prevent congestion or other traffic problems.

Develop strategies for recovery where traffic congestion/problems occur.

Contingency plans are developed to allow for problems during network changes.


5. Apply solutions both short and long term where required

Performance Criteria:

Network controls are activated and monitored.

Short term ad hoc solutions are developed and implemented where temporary solution only is required.

Action is implemented to ensure that reversal action is initiated in the case of temporary solution.

Contingency plan is implemented where required.

Monitoring of change is undertaken on a continual basis.

Measurements are undertaken to assess the outcome of variations.

Results of change are analysed and a report prepared for the appropriate authorities with recommendations for further immediate change or for later action.

Continually review and monitor strategies and initiate corrective action where required.


6. Detect and take action on potential traffic congestion

Performance Criteria:

Traffic loads are measured and analysed.

Potential congestion problems are identified and possible impact determined.

Processor overloads are prevented by controlling traffic.

Potential traffic increases are assessed for impact on the network and contingencies developed to control traffic flow if required.


7. Provide traffic indicators for capacity planning

Performance Criteria:

Relevant data on traffic patterns both current and historical are gathered.

Data is assessed and conclusions as to necessary action are made.

Reports complete with appropriate recommendations are completed and forwarded to enterprise planners/account managers.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

See Student Drive

Teaching Schedule

Week 1     Introduction of course

Week 2      Basic communication systems 
Week 3      Analog modulation
Week 4      Analog modulation.  Transmissters and receivers.
Week 5      Transmission Line (RF).  Matching of transmission line
Week 6      Transmission Line (data comm)
Week 7      Antenna and radio wave propagations
Week 8      Antenna and radio wave propagations
Week 9      Digital modulation
Week 10    Introduction of transmission equipments
Week 11    Microwave link
Week 12    Installation of microwave link
Week 13    Performance analysis of microwave link
Week 14    Catch-up lab
Week 15    Catch-up lab
Week 16    Revision for the mid-year test
Week 17    Mid-year exam
Week 18    Mid-year exam
Week 19    Introduction to communication network
Week 20    Protocol Architecture
Week 21    Data & Signal
Week 22    Data & Signal
Week 23    Multiplexing
Week 24    Multiplexing
Week 25    Introduction to Access Technologies
Week 26    XDSL
Week 27    VDSL
Week 28    FTTH
Week 29    FTTH architecture and standards
Week 30    Lab
Week 31    Presentation session
Week 32    Revision of All Practicals, Catch up session for labs
Week 33    Practical exam
Week 34    Revision of all lectures
Week 35    Final exam
Week 36    Final exam

Note: There will be some minor variation of the schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Behrouz A Forouzan, DeAnza College, ’Data Communications and Networking, 3rd Edition’, 2004, McGraw Hill


Other Resources

Shared network drive (S:\)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:

Assignment based reports

Laboratory Exercises

Project or Written Test

Assessment Tasks

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the criteria set in the National Training Package. The students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together skills and knowledge as follows:
 Theoretical Written assessment.
 Project submission
 Work Simulation exercises

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)

Assessment Matrix

Assignments / Projects / Presentations 25%
Laboratory Exercises 25% 
Written Exams 50%

Other Information

This course is conjunction of EEET6725C and EEET6726C.  The cluster name for both EEET6725C and EEET6726C is ’Network Analysis and Management’.

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