In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge and critical analytical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios. The unit material has been developed to enhance students' communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to practice as a Network Engineer. The material taught introduces students to simulation procedures inherent in Network modelling. All students are expected to master MATLAB's more advanced algorithms and its application in the design and simulation of vertical as well as horizontal structured networks. At a more advanced level, students will be expected to master and use OPNET and other industry standard simulation tools and their general application in all types of network configurations.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply in-depth technical development of traffic activities in telecommunications networks;  
  2. Gather and collate data to establish statistical trends for a given network scenario;  
  3. Interpret the relationship between capacity demand and supply;  
  4. Utilise a systems approach to analysis, design and operational performance of a communications system; and  
  5. Distinguish classes of traffic and other quality of service measures.  


A pass in all items is required to complete the unit
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Preliminary Assignments x 4 (1500 words each) 40%
Test In-Class Simulation Test (2 hours) 30%
Examination Final Written Exam (2 hours) 30%

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