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FIT5011 Network design and performance - Semester 2, 2014

This unit will cover network design, performance modelling and analysis. Queuing models (M/M/1, M/M/k, M/M/k/k, M/G/1), networks of queues. Multi-access systems (splitting, reservation, carrier sensing), routing techniques (shortest path, Bellman-Ford, Dijkstra, adaptive routing, flooding). Quality of service (QoS) aspects, flow control, connection admission control and other traffic management functions - ATM, IntServ and DiffServ models. Network topology design and performance modelling, design considerations for local or wide area networks, including GEPON, cable and wireless networks. Introductory probability and graph theory.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Prerequisites

(FIT5131 or FIT9017) and (FIT5134 or FIT9018) and (FIT5132 or FIT9003 or FIT9019) and (FIT5135 or FIT9020) and (FIT5136 or FIT4037) and (FIT5130 or FIT9030) or equivalent

Basic network systems knowledge, understanding of probability theory.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Dr Carlo Kopp

Consultation hours: By appointment (part time)

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
  • explain and construct queuing models for performance modelling of networks;
  • explain multi-access systems including splitting, reservation, and carrier sensing;
  • explain analysis of routing protocols commonly used on the Internet;
  • explain and apply traffic dimensioning for circuit and packet switched networks, including VoIP and multimedia;
  • explain and apply design considerations for local or wide area networks, including GEPON, cable and wireless networks;
  • explain the analysis and evaluation of the operation of a local or wide area telecommunications network.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0 Please note schedule is subject to change throughout semester, as the unit is still being constructed No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction, Design Considerations in Networks, QoS Parameters Tutorial
2 Probability Theory Revision, Correlation Tutorial
3 Physical Layer Design: Noise, Modulation, Shannon, Power Budgets Tutorial; Class Test 1
4 Physical Layer Design: Copper Cable, Fibre and Radiofrequency Links Tutorial
5 Markov Chains and Queues Tutorial
6 Circuit vs Packet Switched Systems; Erlang Formulas Tutorial
7 Contention Based Multiaccess Systems (Ethernet, ALOHA models) Tutorial
8 Traffic Modelling; Self-Similarity and Burstiness Properties Tutorial
9 Graph Theory Revision; Application of Graph Theory to Networks Tutorial
10 Routing and Route Discovery Algorithms Tutorial; Class Test 2
11 Networks of Queues, Multidimensional Queues, Network topology design Tutorial; Assignment 1 due on Friday, 4PM
12 QoS Models and Implementations; ATM, IntServ and DiffServ models Tutorial
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Assignment 1 20% Week 11
Class Tests 1 and 2 10% (5% for each test) Tests held during tutorials in Weeks 3 and 10
Tutorials 20% (approx 1.8% each tutorial) End of weekly tutorial class
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

Attendance in all lectures and tutorials is highly recommended, as the unit is mathematically intensive, and lectures mostly build on previous lecture content.

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Assignment 1
    Description:
    The assignment will involve capture and analysis of network traffic, and associated report writing. Specific details will be determined during semester.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:
    Student must demonstrate good command of the material and produce correct results. The work must be original - collaborative work is not acceptable. Evidence of plagiarism, copying or other forms of non-examination cheating will result in the work being disallowed.
    Due date:
    Week 11
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Class Tests 1 and 2
    Description:
    Probability theory test; Graph theory test.
    Weighting:
    10% (5% for each test)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student must demonstrate good command of the material and produce correct results. The work must be original - collaborative work is not acceptable. Evidence of plagiarism, copying or other forms of non-examination cheating will result in the work being disallowed.

    Due date:
    Tests held during tutorials in Weeks 3 and 10
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Tutorials
    Description:
    Weekly tutorial covering lecture content from preceding week. Students will be required to solve problems.
    Weighting:
    20% (approx 1.8% each tutorial)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Student must demonstrate good command of the material and produce correct results. The work must be original - collaborative work is not acceptable. Evidence of plagiarism, copying or other forms of non-examination cheating will result in the work being disallowed.

    Due date:
    End of weekly tutorial class

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    50%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    Non-programmable scientific calculator

Learning resources

Reading list

Reading list items for specific lecture topics will be listed in the slides for that topic

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit)
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Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Test results and feedback

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Resubmission of assignments

Assignment resubmission is not permitted. No penalty late submissions will be offered where illness or other circumstances consistent with university policy may have have occurred.

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Technological Requirements

Announcements will be made via Moodle; students are permitted but not required to bring notebooks, laptops and tablets into classes.

Recommended Resources

OpNet software (free student edition).

Recommended text(s)

Erwin Kreyszig. (2010). Advanced Engineering Mathematics. (10th Edition) John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Thomas G. Robertazzi. (2000). Computer Networks and Systems: Queueing Theory and Performance Evaluation. (1st Edition) Springer Verlag.

Examination material or equipment

Non programmable scientific calculator.

Other Information

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