Communication Networks

Subject ELEN40005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of lectures and 12 hours of laboratory or project work.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

431-325 Stochastic Signals and Systems

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Michael Cantoni


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The University of Melbourne
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Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject students should understand the basic principles of communication network design, the layered architecture, and network protocols. Students will obtain a good understanding of the way optimisation and random process models are used in network design, and will undertake a network design project.

Topics include network topologies for core and access networks; voice and circuit-switched networks; packet switching and statistical multiplexing; layered network architecture; physical layer multiple access (TDM, WDM); link layer protocols, Medium Access Control; network layer topologies, routing algorithms and protocols (IP); transport layer protocols (TCP); flow control, ARQ error control, analysis of utilisation; random process models for analysing delay; optimisation methods for network design, network reliability; quality of service issues; and LAN protocols, MPLS. All concepts illustrated by examples from the Internet.


On completing this subject the student should be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of communication network design, the layered architecture and network protocols;
  • Quantitatively analyse the performance of simple communication networks;
  • Design simple communication networks to achieve performance objectives.
  • One written 3-hour examination 70% (end of semester);
  • One class test not exceeding 1 hour 10% (mid-semester);
  • One design project 8%, with report not exceeding 10 pages (commencing in the second half of semester, due at the end of semester);
  • Continuous assessment: laboratories worth a total of 6%, class problems worth a total of 6%.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member

  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development

  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning, capacity to do so

  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning

  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity

  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship

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