Course Title: Network Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Network Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET2290

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2290

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

EEET2291

City Campus

Postgraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

EEET2291

City Campus

Postgraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Jing Fu

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email: jing.fu@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Online for Semester 1 2021

Course Coordinator Availability: Email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematics and programming.


Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to Network Engineering and focusing on Layer-2 switching and Layer-3 routing as key enablers for the Internet. The course is designed for providing fundamental knowledge in switching, IP addressing, and internet routing protocols. The course establishes a solid, base foundation in IP technology and prepares you to advance further in the program with additional courses. After completing this course you should be able to describe the operation of the Internet in depth and be able to setup and configure some networking equipment. Lab work includes setting up and configuration of state-of-the-art networking devices (including routers and switches). Further, at the successful completion of this course, you will be en route to sit for some Juniper industry exams leading to Juniper Networks Certification Program certifications.

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 onward. 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 BH073 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.4 Professional use and management of information.


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

  1. High levels of technical competence in the field
  2. 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: Select, setup and configure state-of-the-art IP networking devices such as routers for optimal operation.

CLO2: Select and configure appropriate protocols for networking devices and secure operations.

CLO3: Select networking devices for optimal performance and economy.

CLO4: Describe fundamental concepts and mechanisms in network engineering en route to Juniper Networks Certification Program certifications.


Overview of Learning Activities

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Pre-recorded Lectures/Lectorials that provide guided learning of key topics.
  • Laboratory based assignments to explore specific topics in-depth.
  • Project-based assignments with emphasis on applying engineering skills.


In the pre-recorded lectures, you will engage in learning the base of networking engineering topics as listed below:

  • Module 1: Internet Introduction
  • Module 2: Layer 2 and Layer 3 Equipment focus (Switches and Routers)
  • Module 3: Layer-2 Data Link Overview with Ethernet Focus
  • Module 4: Layer 3 and IP services
  • Module 5: IP routing protocol
  • Module 6: Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) 
  • Module 7: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Module 8: IP Filtering
  • Module 9: Services overview: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

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 each week, you are required to write a brief reflective summary of the lab activities and their significance.

During the lectorials, you will have opportunities for performing exercises for relevant topics.

The project-based assignment is on a study related to IP routing mechanisms and/or protocols and is used to enhance understanding of fundamental concepts and mechanisms learnt in this course and explore advanced features in the related fields.


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:
Juniper learning material along with the lab guidelines will be provided through RMIT’s online systems.

Recommended Reference Books:
James F.  Kurose, and Keith W. Ross, Computer networking : a top-down approach. Seventh edition, Pearson Education Limited, 2017.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

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 Juniper Scalable IP Networks and Interior Routing Protocols. 

You will also be required to participate in class activities, either on-campus or online, like exercises based on relevant topics covered in the pre-recorded lectures/lectorials. You will scope a potential research question for further study based on your immersion experience.

You will also be required to complete two timed-assessments and a research project assignment.


Assessment Task 1: Laboratory performance and reports
Weighting 40%
This assessment is group-based learning activity divided in written report and lab quizzes.
This assessment task assesses CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3.

Assessment Task 2: In-semester timed-assessments
Weighting 30%
This is an individual learning activity. There will be two in-semester timed-assessments, each of which is weighted at 15%.
This assessment task assesses CLO4.

Assessment Task 3: Research project assignment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task assesses CLO4.