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Unit information: Advanced Networks in 2022/23

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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 Dr. Hussain
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

EENG30002 - Networking Protocol Principles 3

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

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.

Your learning on this unit

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)

How you will learn

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.

How you will be assessed

Exam (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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