Module Description
This module demonstrates the methods behind simulating and analysing network performance using basic concepts and traffic theory used in contemporary protocols. It introduces internet routing protocols for WAN and LAN technologies and describes access technologies and router configurations to make networks possible.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the principles behind simulating and analysing network performance using basic concepts in traffic theory
2. Discuss and analyse the fundamental principles behind contemporary network architectures and protocols, and understand how and why new protocols are created by standardization bodies
3. Explain and configure Internet routing protocols for interconnecting WAN and LAN technologies
4. Understand the principles of access technologies and configure routers to use these technologies
5. Assess the suitability of relevant WAN protocols within a modern communications infrastructure

Outline Syllabus
Elementary traffic theory and communications switching theory
  • The Erlang and basic concepts in traffic theory
  • Principles of computer simulation

Network architectures and principles of network protocols
  • Core, metro and access networking
  • Transport network technologies - MPLS, SDH
  • Communicating routing algorithms and protocols
  • The standardization process (case study - the evolution and development of MPLS)

Data link layer protocols
  • PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol)
  • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
  • Frame Relay
  • DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)

Wide area network access
  • Configuring routers for WAN access
  • Comparison of WAN protocols
  • Securing WAN networks

This module includes Cisco CCNA Connecting Networks, (Semester 4) which requires that students have taken CCNA Semseters 1-3 as taught in CE155 and CE231.