GCO3826 Advanced Multimedia and Network Technology , Unit Information Guide (Semester 1, 2006)

Chief Examiner Dr. Gour C. Karmakar
Gippsland : Dr. Gour Karmakar

This unit will explore all aspects of this rapid progress including modern video features in the range of multimedia applications, such as digital television, video and HDTV, the integration of digital TV with the Internet, recent multimedia file formats and contemporary compression technologies, including MPEG-4 and the most exciting developments, namely JPEG2000 for still images and the advanced video coding (AVC) standard H.264. It will also cover aspects of multimedia communication networks including broadband ATM together with wireless and mobile networks. Practical problem solving elements will be integrated into the unit based on the theoretical concepts. After successfully completion of this unit, you will be able to integrate multimedia technology into both the design and simulation of real world multimedia applications and systems.

Objectives Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:-

Describe the key technological elements driving the development of broadband networks and mobile multimedia systems.

Will have developed a practical understanding of wireless based technologies and the impact upon multimedia content and interactivity.

Understand the basic components of multimedia communication networks.

Be able to solve real world problems in the area of advanced multimedia applications.

Be able to design and analyse ATM/wireless/mobile networks.

Will fully appreciate the current status and trends driving modern digital TV, standard and high definition television (S/HDTV) and digital video technologies.

Will be able to explain the main system principles of digital TV and video, and respective transmission protocols and standards.

Understand the concepts behind the new suite of multimedia compression algorithms, especially MPEG-4, JPEG2000 and H.264.

Recognise, understand and evaluate the increasing convergence of Internet and DTV technologies

Practical Skills

The student will be able to solve real world problems in the area of advanced multimedia and network applications.

Be able to design and analyse ATM/wireless/mobile networks.

Have a practical understanding of current advanced technological trends within modern digital video and TV.

Have a thorough appreciation of prcatical concepts behind the new still image and video compression techniques (JPEG2000 and H.264) and the pivotal role of the principles of wavelets.

Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

Objectives in this domain cover skills for building relationships and working collaboratively. They include communication skills, teamwork skills and leadership and management skills. This domain is closely linked to the affective domain, but involves objectives that develop skills related to group work.

Prerequisites Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed

GCO3812 or equivalent.

Unit relationships GCO3826 is an elective unit in the System Development of the Bechalor of IT. It is a prerequisite for Before attempting this unit you must have satisfactorily completed GCO3812, or equivalent.
Texts and software

Required text(s)

Prescribed textbook:

Fred Halsall, Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards, Addision-Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-39818-4.

Recommended reading:

Regis J. Bates, Wireless Networked Communications: Concepts, Technology, and Implementations, MaGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995.


Jerry D. Gibson, Communications handbook, 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla., London: CRC Press, 2002.


Text books are available from the Monash University Book Shops. Availability from other suppliers cannot be assured. The Bookshop orders texts in specifically for this unit. You are advised to purchase your text book early.

Hardware requirements:

Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

Recommended reading

Prescribed textbook:

Fred Halsall, ?Multimedia Communications: Applications, Networks, Protocols and Standards? Addision-Wesley, 2001, ISBN 0-201-39818-4.

Recommended reading:

Regis J. Bates, ?Wireless Networked Communications: Concepts, Technology, and Implementations? MaGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995.

Jerry D. Gibson, ?Communications handbook? 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Fla., London: CRC Press, 2002.

Library access You may need to access the Monash library either personally to be able to satisfactorily complete the subject.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.
Study resources

Study resources for GCO3826 are:


All the teaching materials including lectures, tutorials and supplementary materials will be prepared on an on-going basis and posted on the GCO3826 unit web pages.


This Unit Information outlining the administrative information for the unit

Structure and organisation



Study Guide

Key Dates

1 Fundamentals of Multimedia Comms - MM Information representation, MM Networks and applications
2 Communication Modes, Network Types, QoS and Introduction to broadband ATM Networks
3 ATM Switch and protocol architecture
4 ATM evolution, Interfaces, LANs, and MANs
5 Radio and Cellular Communications, Generations of wireless mobile networks
6 3G and 4G Mobile Networks 05.04.06
7 Digital audio systems, Perceptual Masking, Audio streaming formats, MP3, MP4-AAC and Org Vorbis
8 Image compression formats, The DCT and JPEG
9 The new JPEG2000 standard and Basics of Digital TV
10 The fundamental of MPEG-1 and 2 video coding 17.05.06
11 Digital TV, Scalable and Embedded Video Compression and HDTV
12 MPEG 4 Video/Audio compression
13 Revision and Exam Preparation

The timetable for on-campus classes for this unit can be viewed in Allocate+


Assessment for the unit consists of n assignments with a weighting of 40% and an examination with a weighting of 60%. Read this section VERY carefully.

Assessment Policy

To pass this unit you must:

achieve at least 50% of the total marks with a contribution to this total of no less than 40% of the possible marks from the assignments and examination

Your score for the unit will be calculated by:

Your final percentage grade for the subject will be calculated by applying the formula:

Where A = overall assignment percentage

E= examination percentage

R= 100 / assignment weight = 100/40

Assessment Requirements


Due Date


Assignment 1 05.04.06 20 %
Assignment 2 17.05.06 20 %
Examination 2 hour(s), closed book Exam period starts 5th June. 60 %

Assignment specifications will be made available GCO3826 unit page at http://www.gscit.monash.edu.au/units/. Information about assignments will be published on the Unit's Notices Newsgroup.

Assignment Submission Methods

Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission through WebFace submission system to http://wfsubmit.its.monash.edu.au/. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received.

Extensions and late submissions

Late submission of assignments

Penalties are incurred from the due date at the rate of a 10% reduction in grade for each day the assignment is late. Assignments received later than one week after the due date will not normally be accepted.

This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment. 


It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. 

Requests for extensions must be made by email to the unit lecturer at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

Grading of assessment

Assignments, and the unit, will be marked and allocated a grade according to the following scale:

HD High Distinction - very high levels of achievement, demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills in application and high standards of work encompassing all aspects of the tasks.
In the 80+% range of marks for the assignment.
D Distinction - high levels of achievement, but not of the same standards. May have a weakness in one particular aspect, or overall standards may not be quite as high.
In the 70-79% range.
C Credit - sound pass displaying good knowledge or application skills, but some weaknesses in the quality, range or demonstration of understanding.
In the 60-69% range.
P Pass - acceptable standard, showing an adequate basic knowledge, understanding or skills, but with definite limitations on the extent of such understanding or application. Some parts may be incomplete.
In the 50-59% range.
N Not satisfactory -  failure to meet the basic requirements of the assessment.
Below 50%.

We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

Feedback Feedback to you

You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This feedback may be provided through your participation in tutorials and class discussions, as well as through your assignment submissions. It may come in the form of individual advice, marks and comments, or it may be provided as comment or reflection targeted at the group. It may be provided through personal interactions, such as interviews and on-line forums, or through other mechanisms such as on-line self-tests and publication of grade distributions.

Feedback from you

You will be asked to provide feedback to the Faculty through a Unit Evaluation survey at the end of the semester. You may also be asked to complete surveys to help teaching staff improve the unit and unit delivery. Your input to such surveys is very important to the faculty and the teaching staff in maintaining relevant and high quality learning experiences for our students.

And if you are having problems

It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem with your study. The semester is short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

Plagiarism and cheating

Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.


If you have questions of personal nature, contact your Unit Adviser via email. This is the preferred option for ease of contact and rapid turn-around of replies. Questions related to the unit must always be posted in the relevant newsgroups, thereby allowing all other students in the unit to share and learn the experience encountered by individual students.

When you post questions or answers to the unit newsgroups, please note the following:

Assignments are intended to both help you learn and assess what you have learnt; they are not intended as an exercise for group participation (see code of ethics). If you require clarification of the requirements for an assignment task, you shall post a question to the newsgroup seeking such clarification. However, do not include any component from your solutions to the assignment in any questions or answers in the newsgroup. Posting of such material to a newsgroup will incur an automatic grade of zero for the task to the student who posted. If you are working on your assignment and have reached a total impasse, please communicate directly to your unit adviser via email; however, be aware that repeated such email may have a consequence on the overall grade you achieve


Notices related to the unit during the semester will be placed on the Notices Newsgroup in the Unit Website. Check this regularly. Failure to read the Notices newsgroup is not regarded as grounds for special consideration.

Consultation Times

If direct communication with your unit adviser/lecturer or tutor outside of consultation periods is needed you may contact the lecturer and/or tutors at:

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All email communication to you from your lecturer will occur through your Monash student email address. Please ensure that you read it regularly, or forward your email to your main address. Also check that your contact information registered with the University is up to date in My.Monash.

Last updated: Feb 27, 2006