Multimedia Content Delivery

Subject ELEN90014 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3 hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


4-year Electrical Engineering degree or equivalent

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof William Shieh



Subject Overview:


A study of underpinning requirements, technologies, standards, industry developments, trends and network architectures in the delivery of multimedia (including audio and video) telecommunications services.

This is structured in three phases:

  1. Human perception of multimedia (vision and hearing), which establishes a set of fundamental requirements for signal structure, sampling and fidelity.
  2. Technologies common to the representation and delivery of multimedia are introduced, including media formats, data compression, data description, copyright protection, streaming, content delivery networks and error recovery.
  3. The major categories of multimedia service (Internet streaming, broadcast television, videoconferencing, Video-on-demand, etc.) are analysed, recognising the role of the above technologies in these systems and introducing additional components necessary to satisfy customers or users of the services.


Topics include:

  • Introduction to multimedia services and their requirements
  • Audio, video and image compression technologies for transmission and storage
  • Multiplexing and packaging techniques
  • Error detection, protection, recovery and concealment
  • Media streaming solutions
  • Media servers and storage techniques
  • Content delivery networks
  • Technical methods for protection of copyright and content distribution rights
  • Workflow in multimedia production and publishing systems
  • Key multimedia services and their delivery solutions (Internet streaming, IPTV, video-on-demand, digital TV and video calling)
  • Emerging technologies in multimedia distribution and content delivery

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Understand the principles of human audio and visual perception and how it impacts on electronic reproduction
  2. Understand the working principles of relevant data compression methods, multimedia containers and multiplexing, content delivery systems, intellectual property rights protection, multimedia servers and storage, metadata and back-end systems necessary to deliver multimedia
  3. Understand the requirements and technical solutions which satisfy them, for the delivery of major classes of multimedia services (Video-on-demand, IPTV, Video calling, Internet streaming, etc.)
  4. Understand the technical literature associated with this subject, carry out their own literature-based research project, synthesise their own view, report on the topic and communicate it effectively
  • Two 30-minute progress tests, in approximately weeks 5 and 9, each worth 10%
  • A project report of approximately 1500 words, on an (approved) topic of the student’s choice in the general area of multimedia services, due at the end of the semester (approximately 40-45 hours of work per student), worth 30%.
  • One examination of three hours duration at the end of the semester, worth 50%.

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the end of semester examination to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are assessed in the mid-semester test. ILOs 1-3 are assessed in the final exam and ILO 4 is assessed in the submitted project report.

Prescribed Texts:

"Video Processing and Communications", by Yao Wang, Jorn Ostermann, Ya-Qin Zhang, Publisher: Prentice Hall. (Suggested, not mandatory.)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed:

• An advanced understanding of how a knowledge base evolves;
• An ability to identify weaknesses and risks in technical solutions;
• Analytical, critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
• A sense of intellectual curiosity;
• An ability to interpret data and research results;
• An ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
• An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
• A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.



The coursework is delivered through lectures alone, with support via the University LMS. The student will also carry out their own research to support their written project report.


Students are provided with lecture slides, along with suggested additional reference lists for each topic covered (textbooks and web resources). Discussion of technical issues is via the University LMS.


Real world service examples are used to illustrate the application of technologies discussed and choice of parameters (bit rates, reproduction quality, latency, etc.).

Related Course(s): Master of Telecommunications Engineering

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