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Unit information: Advanced Networks in 2020/21

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Unit name Advanced Networks
Unit code EENGM4211
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Reza Nejabati
Open unit status Not open

EENG34200 or EENGM0007



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Knowledge of networking tools and technologies is essential to the understanding of modern telecommunication systems. Networking deals with keeping systems connected over various transmission technologies, and how to provide this service fast, efficiently, and reliably. Networks are very dynamic systems - new transmission technologies are continuously introduced, providing better support for the network system as such, but also making certain requirements upon it. In addition, the industry anticipates an even larger expansion in the provision of advanced services to subscribers in the corporate and residential domains, such as networked digital television or multimedia conferencing. The subject of this course is how the network system provides communication between systems to deliver content, both in traditional fixed and newer wireless systems, and how all this is changing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major routing/switching mechanisms (algorithms and protocols – OSPF, RIP, BGP) used in routing in the Internet, and compare routing and switching
  2. Illustrate routing and switching through examples
  3. Describe multicast distribution (routing – MOSPF, DVMRP, PIM DM/SM)
  4. Explain congestion control and Quality of Service (QoS) support: TCP behaviour, resource sharing, and RSVP, IP QoS and service levels, Integrated Services framework (IntServ), Differentiated Services framework (DiffServ)
  5. Describe network protocols (RSVP, IntServ, DiffServ) supporting real-time applications and interactivity
  6. Identify real-time applications, user requirements and basic real-time network delivery requirements
  7. Explain how real-time content is distributed in the Internet
  8. Explain how RTP/RTCP protocol design has met the identified requirements
  9. Discuss QoS issues associated with real-time content delivery
  10. Describe wireless networking and mobility management in IP network systems (Mobile IP, ad-hoc networking, address auto-configuration)

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

The ILOs will be tested through a single timed assessment.

Reading and References

  • Huitema, C., Routing in the Internet, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2000, ISBN, 0130226475 (chapter on routing)
  • Kurose, F. and K.W. Ross, Computer Networking: A Top-down Approach Featuring the Internet, 2nd edition, Addison Wesley, 2002
  • Sanjoy, P., Multicasting on the Internet and its Applications, Kluwer, 1998 (chapter on multicast routing)
  • Selected tutorial papers – references will be given in lectures.
  • Tanenbaum, A., Computer Networks, Prentice Hall, ISBN, 0130661023 (chapter on congestion control)