Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Network Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2286

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

EEET2286

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

EEET2287

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

EEET2287

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr. Shuo Li

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 3768

Course Coordinator Email: shuo.li2@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have knowledge of fundamental network engineering principles and mathematics fundamentals.

You should have taken at least an undergraduate-level networking course (EEET2290/EEET2291 or equivalent). This is not an enforced pre-requisite.


Course Description

This course provides you with an advanced level of knowledge on Network Engineering that focuses on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). After completing this course, you should be able to describe and evaluate the operations of BGP and MPLS networks. Further, you will be able to understand, guide and perform the setting up and configuration of some MPLS and services architecture related networking equipment.

Lab work includes setting up and configuration some MPLS related, state of the art, industry-standard networking devices. 

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. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs:

     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 develops the following Program Learning Outcomes for Master of Engineering programs:

  • High levels of technical competence in the field.
  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Describe and evaluate the operations of BGP and MPLS networks.

CLO2: Describe MPLS traffic engineering behaviour.

CLO3: Evaluate, select, setup and configure state of the art industry-standard IP networking devices such as routers for optimal operation using BGP and MPLS.

CLO4: Evaluate and select BGP and MPLS networking devices for optimal performance and economy. 


Overview of Learning Activities

In the course, you will engage in a discussion with the teaching team on the advanced networking engineering topics as listed below:

  • BGP concepts and principles
  • Introduction and fundamentals of MPLS
  • Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
  • Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Routing Table Integration
  • Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF)
  • Traffic Protection
  • Fate Sharing
  • Miscellaneous MPLS Features

During the labs, you will remotely login to state-of-the-art, industry-standard Juniper networking devices to perform required setting-up and configurations. At the completion of each lab, you are required to finish a short quiz based on the lab activities.

Every week, you need to conduct the essential readings and complete the practice activities for that week. During the lectorials, we will briefly review the essential readings of that week and do exercises together.

After the lectorials, you are required to finish some timed assessments based on relevant topics covered in the course.


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:

Junos learning material on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) along with the lab guidelines will be provided through RMIT's online systems.


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 (Learning & 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 Junos Scalable Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

You will also be required to participate in weekly activities like exercises or short quizzes based on relevant topics covered in the essential readings and lectorials. You will scope a potential research question for further study based on your immersion experience.  

You will also be required to complete online timed assessments during a given 24-hour period. 

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory performance and reports
Weighting 40%
This assessment is group-based learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO3.

 

Assessment Task 2: Weekly practice activities
Weighting 10%
This assessment is an individual online learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO1 and CLO2.

 

Assessment Task 3: Mid-semester online timed assessment
Weighting 25%
This is an individual online learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO1, CLO2, and CLO4.

 

Assessment Task 4: Final Timed Assessment (online and time-limited within a time window of minimum 24 hours)
Weighting 25%
This is an individual online learning activity.
This assessment task assesses CLO1, CLO2, and CLO4.