Course Title: Network Services and Internet Applications (PG)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Services and Internet Applications (PG)

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 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Mark A Gregory

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3243

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.8.16

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

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 Master of Engineering (Telecommunication and Network Engineering)(MC234):

1. Demonstrate high levels of technical competence in the field

2. 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. 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. Explain how organisations utilise over the top technologies to achieve economically successful outcomes.
  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.
  • Unsupervised Learning: There are pre-recorded videos, reading lists and links to reading that cover the weekly topics.
  • 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 learning 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

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 CLOs 1, 2, 3

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

Feedback is provided during week 12 and marks allocated included in the final grade.

Assessment Task 4: Final Assessment 

Weighting 15% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

The final timed-assessment will be a 1 hour activity that may be taken within a 24-hour period.

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

The course assessment will include workshop quizzes 30%, laboratory 30%, and final assessment consisting of a project 25%, and final quiz 15%. Final assessment grades will form part of the course grade and not released individually. To facilitate workshop assessment students should bring notebooks or tablet computers to all sessions (face to face and online).