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FIT5011 Advanced network design and performance - Semester 1 , 2008

Unit leader :

Lecturer(s) :


  • Dr Carlo Kopp


Network design, performance modelling and analysis. Queueing 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. Network topology design (backbone, concentrator placement).

Unit synopsis

ASCED Discipline Group classification: 020113 Networks and communications

The subject will cover in depth the design and performance analysis of digital communications networks. It also covers the QoS aspects for all converged digital communications networks, in particular the Internet. The topics to be covered include:

  • Queueing theory and application to the design of circuit/packet switched networks.
  • Network efficiency and multi-access systems (splitting, reservation, carrier sensing).
  • Flow control and fairness bandwidth allocation.
  • Traffic modeling and characterisation
  • Routing principles and techniques
  • Networks of queues and network topologies
  • QoS models and implementations
  • Congestion avoidance and traffic management
  • Traffic shaping, policing and connection admission control
  • Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and Understanding

    On successful completion the student will be able to understand:

    C1. the general concepts of queueing theory and its application in network design.

    C2. traffic dimensioning for circuit and packet switched networks.

    C3. network performance modeling and analysis.

    C4. Traffic characterisation and modeling.

    They will also have knowledge of:

    C5. network topology and routing techniques.

    C6. key Quality of Service (QoS) measures and functions.

    and be able to:

    C7. analyse and evaluate the operation of a local or wide area telecommunications network.

    C8. carry out the major design aspects of a local or wide area telecommunications network.

    Attitudes, Values and Beliefs

    Upon completion of this unit, students will have an appreciation of

    A1. the importance of the telecommunication/digital communication network design

    A2. the importance and variety of relevant technologies and their trends and developments

    Practical Skills

    Upon completion of this unit, students will have the ability to

    P1. carry out an investigation into the selection and deployment of particular network design technique and appropriate technologies.

    P2. describe the characteristics of performance and traffic modeling in digital communication networks, and the role they play in design and analysis of the netwoks.

    Relationships, Communication and TeamWork

    Upon completion the student have gained experience

    S1. communicating information on advanced network design, analysis and modelling issues in written and/or oral form.

    S2. working individually or in a small group on a topic related with advanced network design, analysis and modeling.


    Unit relationships


    Basic knowledge of data communication or telecommuniations technology and basic probability and queueing theory such as the knowledge provided by FIT4017.


    FIT5011 is an elective unit in the Master of Digital Communications (MDC).

    You may not study this unit and ECE4045, ECE5045, CSE5805, CSE5808 in your degree.

    Continuous improvement

    Monash is committed to ‘Excellence in education' and strives for the highest possible quality in teaching and learning. To monitor how successful we are in providing quality teaching and learning Monash regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. Two of the formal ways that you are invited to provide feedback are through Unit Evaluations and through Monquest Teaching Evaluations.

    One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through Unit Evaluation Surveys. It is Monash policy for every unit offered to be evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys as they are an important avenue for students to "have their say". The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    Student Evaluations

    The Faculty of IT administers the Unit Evaluation surveys online through the my.monash portal, although for some smaller classes there may be alternative evaluations conducted in class.

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to http://www.monash.edu.au/unit-evaluation-reports/

    Over the past few years the Faculty of Information Technology has made a number of improvements to its courses as a result of unit evaluation feedback. Some of these include systematic analysis and planning of unit improvements, and consistent assignment return guidelines.

    Monquest Teaching Evaluation surveys may be used by some of your academic staff this semester. They are administered by the Centre for Higher Education Quality (CHEQ) and may be completed in class with a facilitator or on-line through the my.monash portal. The data provided to lecturers is completely anonymous. Monquest surveys provide academic staff with evidence of the effectiveness of their teaching and identify areas for improvement. Individual Monquest reports are confidential, however, you can see the summary results of Monquest evaluations for 2006 at http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/cheq/evaluations/monquest/profiles/index.html

    Improvements to this unit

    This is a new unit being constructed by merging CSE5805 and CSE5808 and updating materials where appropriate.

    Unit staff - contact details

    Unit leader

    None provided

    Lecturer(s) :

    Dr Carlo Kopp
    Phone +61 3 990 55229
    Fax +61 3 990 55157

    Contact hours : By appointment (part time)

    Additional communication information

    Contact for Chief Examiner: Carlo Kopp <Carlo.Kopp@infotech.monash.edu.au>

    Teaching and learning method

    Tutorial allocation

    Tutorials to be held in the same lecture venue as the lectures. There is no requirement for allocation.

    Communication, participation and feedback

    Monash aims to provide a learning environment in which students receive a range of ongoing feedback throughout their studies. You will receive feedback on your work and progress in this unit. This may take the form of group feedback, individual feedback, peer feedback, self-comparison, verbal and written feedback, discussions (on line and in class) as well as more formal feedback related to assignment marks and grades. You are encouraged to draw on a variety of feedback to enhance your learning.

    It is essential that you take action immediately if you realise that you have a problem that is affecting your study. Semesters are short, so we can help you best if you let us know as soon as problems arise. Regardless of whether the problem is related directly to your progress in the unit, if it is likely to interfere with your progress you should discuss it with your lecturer or a Community Service counsellor as soon as possible.

    Students should seek immediate advice from the Lecturer if they are experiencing any difficulty with the material.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Topic Key dates
    Mid semester break
    6 Mid Semester Test  
    12   Assignment Due
    13 Examination  

    Unit Resources

    Prescribed text(s) and readings

    There is no prescribed textbook.

    Recommended text(s) and readings

  • W. Stallings, High-Speed Networks and Internets - Performance & Quality of Services, Prentice-Hall, 2002.
  • D. Bertsekas and R. Gallager, Data Networks (2nd edition), Prentice-Hall, 1992.
  • M. Schwartz, Telecommunication Networks: Protocols, Modeling and Analysis, Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1987.
  • S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks (3rd Edition), Prentice-Hall, 1996.
  • D. Gross and C. M. Harris, Fundamentals of Queueing Theory (3rd Edition), Wiley Interscience, 1998.
  • U. D. Black, QOS in wide area networks, Prentice-Hall, 2000.
  • D. McDysan, QoS & traffic management in IP and ATM networks, McGraw-Hill, 2000.
  • Required software and/or hardware

    Subject to availability, OpNet may be required for the assignment.

    Equipment and consumables required or provided

    Students studying off-campus are required to have the minimum system configuration specified by the Faculty as a condition of accepting admission, and regular Internet access. On-campus students, and those studying at supported study locations may use the facilities available in the computing labs. Information about computer use for students is available from the ITS Student Resource Guide in the Monash University Handbook. You will need to allocate up to n hours per week for use of a computer, including time for newsgroups/discussion groups.

    Study resources

    Study resources we will provide for your study are:

    Lecture/tutorial materials will be available on MUSO.

    The Assignment specification will be available on MUSO. 

    Library access

    The Monash University Library site contains details about borrowing rights and catalogue searching. To learn more about the library and the various resources available, please go to http://www.lib.monash.edu.au.  Be sure to obtain a copy of the Library Guide, and if necessary, the instructions for remote access from the library website.

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    Unit assessment policy

    Final Test (2 hours): 50% Mid-semester Test (2 hours): 25% Written assignment (1 at 25%): 25%

    The subject will be assessed by a 2-hour final test (50%) a 2-hour mid-semester test (25%) and one assignment (25%). The tests will assess the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the subject contents. The assignment will be aimed specifically at assessing the students in-depth knowledge of traffic modeling and network design, and the students ability to carry out investigation into the selection and deployment of particular algorithms and technologies. A 45% hurdle will apply to all assessments.

    Assignment tasks

    • Assignment Task

      Title : Specific tasks and marking criteria will be distributed at the appropriate time during the semester.

      Description :

      The format and structure of the assignment is yet to be determined, and will depend on the availability of OpNet software.

      Weighting : 25%

      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 :


    • Examination

      Weighting : 50%

      Length : 2 hours

      Type ( open/closed book ) : Closed book

    Assignment submission

    Assignments will be submitted by electronic submission to Damocles at URL: http://viper.infotech.monash.edu.au/damocles/submit/submissions.sv?subaction=showLogin and must be in PDF format, not text or MS Word. Also submit the assignment to the Bldg 63 reception by the due date, with the appropriate cover sheet correctly filled out and attached. Do not email submissions. The due date is the date by which the submission must be received.

    University and Faculty policy on assessment

    Due dates and extensions

    The due dates for the submission of assignments are given in the previous section. Please make every effort to submit work by the due dates. It is your responsibility to structure your study program around assignment deadlines, family, work and other commitments. Factors such as normal work pressures, vacations, etc. are seldom regarded as appropriate reasons for granting extensions. Students are advised to NOT assume that granting of an extension is a matter of course.

    Requests for extensions must be made to the unit lecturer at your campus at least two days before the due date. You will be asked to forward original medical certificates in cases of illness, and may be asked to provide other forms of documentation where necessary. A copy of the email or other written communication of an extension must be attached to the assignment submission.

    Late assignment

    Assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty of 5% per day, including weekends. Assignments received later than one week (seven days) after the due date will not normally be accepted. In some cases, this period may be shorter if there is a need to release sample solutions.

    This policy is strict because comments or guidance will be given on assignments as they are returned, and sample solutions may also be published and distributed, after assignment marking or with the returned assignment.

    Return dates

    Students can expect assignments to be returned within two weeks of the submission date or after receipt, whichever is later.

    Assessment for the unit as a whole is in accordance with the provisions of the Monash University Education Policy at http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/assessment/

    We will aim to have assignment results made available to you within two weeks after assignment receipt.

    Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

    Plagiarism and cheating are regarded as very serious offences. In cases where cheating  has been confirmed, students have been severely penalised, from losing all marks for an assignment, to facing disciplinary action at the Faculty level. While we would wish that all our students adhere to sound ethical conduct and honesty, I will ask you to acquaint yourself with Student Rights and Responsibilities (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/about/committees-groups/facboard/policies/studrights.html) and the Faculty regulations that apply to students detected cheating as these will be applied in all detected cases.

    In this University, cheating means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in any examination or any other written or practical work to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment. It includes the use, or attempted use, of any means to gain an unfair advantage for any assessable work in the unit, where the means is contrary to the instructions for such work. 

    When you submit an individual assessment item, such as a program, a report, an essay, assignment or other piece of work, under your name you are understood to be stating that this is your own work. If a submission is identical with, or similar to, someone else's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. If you are planning on working with another student, it is acceptable to undertake research together, and discuss problems, but it is not acceptable to jointly develop or share solutions unless this is specified by your lecturer. 

    Intentionally providing students with your solutions to assignments is classified as "assisting to cheat" and students who do this may be subject to disciplinary action. You should take reasonable care that your solution is not accidentally or deliberately obtained by other students. For example, do not leave copies of your work in progress on the hard drives of shared computers, and do not show your work to other students. If you believe this may have happened, please be sure to contact your lecturer as soon as possible.

    Cheating also includes taking into an examination any material contrary to the regulations, including any bilingual dictionary, whether or not with the intention of using it to obtain an advantage.

    Plagiarism involves the false representation of another person's ideas, or findings, as your own by either copying material or paraphrasing without citing sources. It is both professional and ethical to reference clearly the ideas and information that you have used from another writer. If the source is not identified, then you have plagiarised work of the other author. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that is insulting to the reader and grossly unfair to your student colleagues.

    Register of counselling about plagiarism

    The university requires faculties to keep a simple and confidential register to record counselling to students about plagiarism (e.g. warnings). The register is accessible to Associate Deans Teaching (or nominees) and, where requested, students concerned have access to their own details in the register. The register is to serve as a record of counselling about the nature of plagiarism, not as a record of allegations; and no provision of appeals in relation to the register is necessary or applicable.

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    The Faculty of Information Technology is committed to the use of non-discriminatory language in all forms of communication. Discriminatory language is that which refers in abusive terms to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or nationality, ethnic or language background, physical or mental ability, or political or religious views, or which stereotypes groups in an adverse manner. This is not meant to preclude or inhibit legitimate academic debate on any issue; however, the language used in such debate should be non-discriminatory and sensitive to these matters. It is important to avoid the use of discriminatory language in your communications and written work. The most common form of discriminatory language in academic work tends to be in the area of gender inclusiveness. You are, therefore, requested to check for this and to ensure your work and communications are non-discriminatory in all respects.

    Students with disabilities

    Students with disabilities that may disadvantage them in assessment should seek advice from one of the following before completing assessment tasks and examinations:

    Deferred assessment and special consideration

    Deferred assessment (not to be confused with an extension for submission of an assignment) may be granted in cases of extenuating personal circumstances such as serious personal illness or bereavement. Information and forms for Special Consideration and deferred assessment applications are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/exams/special-consideration.html. Contact the Faculty's Student Services staff at your campus for further information and advice.