Course Title: Network Services and Internet Applications

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Services and Internet Applications

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 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Mark A Gregory

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3243

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.8.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course facilitates critical thinking about the Internet and the delivery of services using the Internet and the digital network, by focusing on the fundamentals of these systems. The course covers significant real-time services, including IPTV, multimedia, social networking, VoIP, and the Internet including website services. Technologies and services are discussed including how to apply the technologies to new ventures. Topics include: the bandwidth versus quality trade-off for Internet based communication modes (VoIP, digital TV, video conferencing, motion video) and the compression technologies associated with these systems; competing routing methodologies; performance analysis models; and the successful employment of Internet communication technologies for E-Commerce applications.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. WIL activities include simulations and projects using industry technology, equipment and processes.

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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH072 Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering)(Honours):

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.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain network services and Internet applications including content delivery networks, multicasting, digital TV, VoIP, multimedia including video and digital audio, social networking and Internet services and applications. 
  2. The learning outcomes include what makes some organisations on the Internet more successful than others.
  3. Configure typical industry deployment scenarios for VoIP and streaming multimedia delivery. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are:

  • Lectorial: Technical material will be addressed in lectorials where group activities are carried out. Specific reading will be assigned each week for preparation for the following week. Attendance at lectorials is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended since the material presented in lectorials provides much of the information required for assessment
  • Assignment: Designed to allow the student to explore aspects of the subject in depth. The assignment is assessed to determine a grade.
  • Supervised Laboratories: Technical skills and understanding will be addressed in two supervised laboratories. Students should review lecture material and assigned reading in preparation for laboratories. Attendance at these laboratory sessions is compulsory. Laboratory reports are assessed to determine a grade.
  • Unsupervised Laboratories: Provide the opportunity to develop and reinforce the understanding and skills the student is attempting to acquire.
  • On-call Consultation: To assist understanding and provide opportunity for two-way feedback.
  • Problem Sheets: To assist students in testing their understanding. Problem sheets are not assessed.
  • Final Assessment: Summative assessment designed primarily to determine a grade

Overview of Learning Resources

The course learning resources include material that will be utilised in workshops and laboratories. You will be able to access the learning material online and to prepare for sessions by reading the learning material and by carrying out research using the RMIT library resources.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment consists of activities and quizzes carried out in workshop, tutorial and laboratory sessions. The course assessment includes a final assessment.

The assessment and learning outcomes for this course equivalent across all locations and modes of delivery.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Workshop activities and quizzes

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4

Feedback is provided to students after every activity and includes how the assessment was carried out, marks allocated, and answers.

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory activities and quizzes

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4

Feedback is provided to students after every activity and includes how the assessment was carried out, marks allocated, and answers.

Assessment Task 3: Project

Weighting 25%

This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4

Feedback is provided during week 12 and marks allocated are provided in week 15. 

Assessment Task 4: Final Assessment

Weighting 15%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback is provided to students after the final assessment and marks allocated included in the final grade.